Insurers Seeking Major Premium Hikes for Obamacare Plans in 2019

By | May 8, 2018

  • May 9, 2018 at 7:03 am
    PolarBeaRepeal says:
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    I’m a bit surprised that the premium rate hikes this year are not larger. That said, very few people will be able to pay the higher rates, and that will show up in results at the polls in November. Architects of ACA knew this would happen, but presumed, foolishly, and as arrogantly as Jonathan Gruber speaking in a room filled with liberals, that they would have control over Congress and The White House when it all fell apart. When the death spiral concluded, they thought they’d be able to easily push through a Single Slayer, er, Single Delayer, er, Single Payer Social HI program multiple times worse than the VA or Social HI programs in Socialist nations; e.g. UK, Canada. Thank God for voters who saw what was happening and saved us from Social HI in the US, and other disastrous socialist policies.

  • May 9, 2018 at 7:17 am
    PolarBeaRepeal says:
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    This excerpt provides a glimpse of the liberal perspective: ” The repeal effort ultimately failed, but the Trump administration overturned the penalty for going without insurance, and opened the door for insurers to sell cheaper, skimpier plans. ”

    The above points to an alleged cause of the rate increases. Truth be told, the cause of the rate increases is in the design of ACA, not in its SUCCESSFUL repeal by the Republican Congress which eliminated the mandate to buy insurance via tax law changes in December, 2017. The author calls the Republican attempt to repeal ACA ‘unsuccessful’, whereas the ultimate result of their efforts will cause ACA compliant policies to dwindle in number to insignificant levels; i.e. it’s a de facto repeal.

    The term ‘skinnier, cheaper plans’ in the above excerpt also points out the liberal bias of the author. The plans under ACA were ‘fat’, providing unnecessary coverages as a means of subsidizing certain classes of risks, whereas the HI market is now able to offer ‘plans people liked in the past, but which were outlawed by ACA’. Further, HI now have the FREEDOM to offer plans the market demands / seeks. That, again, points out one of Obama’s biggest lies of the 2008 POTUS Election Campaigns; i.e. “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”.

    • May 9, 2018 at 7:18 am
      PolarBeaRepeal says:
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      skimpier, not skinnier. bear culpa.

    • May 9, 2018 at 3:57 pm
      Agent says:
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      Polar, in the land of the free and home of the brave, people should be able to obtain plans they like, not what the Progressive Left think they have to have. This was the fatal flaw of the legislation dooming it to purgatory. No choice on enrollment, no success. Enrollment has been declining ever since it was passed. I wonder why.

  • May 9, 2018 at 7:28 am
    PolarBeaRepeal says:
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    Maryland Ins Commr Redmer is clueless if he thinks Republican Congress, or any insurance company or set of insurance executives, can, or will try to, ‘fix ACA’. The ‘fix’ is to abandon it, whether by full repeal, or by stepping back and watching it crash & burn as the Death Spiral concludes. Further, the reinsurance program proposed by Maryland (Commr Redmer?) is a waste of money, and a stall tactic which presumes Democrats will again take control over Congress in November, 2018.

    Bloomberg New’s efforts to chronicle the plight of ‘the uninsured’ is a futile project. They would better serve the public by chronicling the costs borne by people who pay for their HI, the loss of wages of workers who were, prior to ACA, employed full time for 38-40 hours per week, and the adverse impact on the HI and HC Industries; e.g. doctors retiring instead of providing much needed medical diagnosis and treatment.

    • May 9, 2018 at 1:58 pm
      mj says:
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      but with the collapse of the ACA, the question remains – President Trump promised affordable healthcare for all Americans – where are those plans to come from and why are insurance companies offering them independently(outside of the exchanges) ?

      • May 9, 2018 at 2:25 pm
        sal says:
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        HEALTH CARE SPPECCIFICCS.

    • May 9, 2018 at 3:22 pm
      Agent says:
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      Polar, there are a lot of Doctor practices who offer primary care to their patients for a nominal sum of $75-100 per month. For those who did away with Obamacare policies, this is a bargain. No mandates, no problem.

  • May 9, 2018 at 11:27 pm
    Boonedoggle says:
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    Why are people still struggling to pay high private and ACA health insurance premiums? Donald Trump REPEATEDLY said he had a health plan which would provide GREAT health coverage for EVERYONE at HUGE savings. Even those with preexisting conditions. Why don’t these folks simply contact the White House and seek coverage under his program?

    • May 11, 2018 at 1:10 pm
      Agent says:
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      The President has said repeatedly that he would sign a Repeal and Replace bill. He does not make the laws, he signs them when the Congress passes something. So far, the Congress led by the Resistance have not come forth with anything to replace the disaster. At least he got the tax penalty taken out so people can seek coverage in the private market.

    • May 11, 2018 at 2:56 pm
      FFA says:
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      That’s one of the great things McCain did for our nation – Vote to keep the PPACA.

  • May 11, 2018 at 2:13 pm
    FFA says:
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    Its gonna fall apart and people will blame Trump – not the poorly designed plans, web site, horrible customer service, garbage policy, high deductibles /co pays, not addressing the underlying causes.
    I’m sure I missed a few, but ultimately, its probably Bushes fault. Or maybe its the Russians? ,



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