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Winners and losers in the Affordable Care Act

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DR. WENDY JOHNSON

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Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014 12:15 am | Updated: 11:52 am, Mon Jun 9, 2014.

It’s been over a month since the Affordable Care Act’s private insurance deadline, enough time for the dust to have settled and to take stock of winners and losers.

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4 comments:

  • Peter Neal posted at 6:37 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 289

    As Pierce notes above, the "low" subsidized premiums enjoyed by Smart and many others who signed up for Obamacare will not last. In the meantime, taxpayers will foot the bill. Isn't "democracy" great- I pay taxes for healthcare for other people, for schools and colleges (despite having no kids) and to finance wars that kill thousands of our men and women.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 11:40 am on Thu, Jun 12, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    Since the young invincibles aren't buying into Obamacare, the comparably affordable prices the previously un-insurable are currently experiencing won't last. Enjoy it for now, but unless you can figure out how to get teens and twenty-somethings to spend their limited cash on insurance they know they don't need, prices will soon be going up.

     
  • Doug Smart posted at 11:09 am on Wed, Jun 11, 2014.

    SantaFeResident Posts: 13

    I'm VERY HAPPY with Obamacare. When I was previously insured, my Blue Cross/Blue Shield policy (in another state) was expensive even though I had a very high deductible, limited coverage, and had a ceiling on how much care I could get , i.e. spending caps for both annual and lifetime. When I lost that insurance I could not get new insurance because of an existing condition (genetic). So for 5 yrs I had no health insurance, which was very scary.

    Now, with Obamacare, I'm happy. First of all I have health insurance again (including dental). I've had 2 doctors visits (checkups with a GP and a specialist) since January '14. My premium is half of what I paid 5+ yrs ago and I now have more benefits. My deductible is lower by half. Doctor visits are only $40. I'm a winner.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:53 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    Doc Johnson is forgetting something. I'm one of those eight million folks who signed up for a new private insurance plan because of Obamacare.

    You see, I had to sign up for a new plan because the old plan I had, the one that I liked and that Obama promised I could keep, was cancelled as a result of Obamacare. So I was stuck buying a new plan that complied with the new regulations. The premium for that new plan costs 27% more than my old plan, plus my deductible has nearly doubled and my co-pays have gone up, and I lost my comprehensive dental. But hey, I now have maternity coverage, despite the fact that I'm a man, so kumbaya, I'm a winner!

     

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