O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! (Lewis Carroll, “Jabberwocky“)
I bring you great tidings of . . . bad news.
The following is culled from Sarah Hurtubise’s article for The Daily Caller, Sept. 28, 2013. I’ve changed certain names (e.g., Obama to Pres. Lucifer; Obamacare to Lucifercare) to indict the guilty.
President Lucifer famously had promised the American people that under his (un)Affordable Care Act, we can keep our existing healthcare plan. He said:
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan!”
“If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have!”
Back in 2009, Nancy Pelosi famously said that “we” (Congress) must pass Lucifercare in order that “we” (the American people) find out what’s in it.
The second “we” refers to us plebians, not the first “we” of Congress, because after foisting Lucifercare on us plebians, Congress exempted themselves and droves of privileged others from Lucifercare.
You’ve got to hand it to that Pelosi. She’s right!
Every day since Congress passed and the POS signed that accursed Act into law, we are finding out the rot that’s in Lucifercare.
Here are ten states where consumers may like their health care plans, but — SURPRISE! — we won’t be able to keep them:
1. California: 58,000 will lose their plans under Lucifercare; another 54% of Californians expect to lose their coverage, according to an August poll. The health plans that have exited California’s Lucifercare exchange include:
- Aetna, America’s third largest insurer, left in July 2013.
- Anthem Blue Cross‘s health plan for small businesses.
2. Missouri: Patients of the state’s largest hospital system — which spans 13 hospitals including the St. Louis Children’s Hospital — will not be covered by the largest insurer on Lucifercare exchanges, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield. Anthem covers 79,000 patients in Missouri who may seek subsidies on Lucifercare exchanges, but won’t be able to see any doctors in the BJC HealthCare system. (Are you as confused as I am?)
3. Connecticut: Aetna won’t offer insurance on the Lucifercare exchange in its own home state, where it was founded in 1850. The reason? “We believe the modification to the rates filed by Aetna will not allow us to collect enough premiums to cover the cost of the plans and meet the service expectations of our customers,” said Aetna spokesman Susan Millerick.
4. Maryland: 13,000 individuals covered by Aetna and its recently-purchased Coventry Health Care won’t be able to keep their insurance plans if they want Lucifercare subsidies on the exchanges. Aetna and Coventry canceled plans to offer insurance in the exchange when state officials wouldn’t allow them to charge premiums high enough to cover costs.
5. South Carolina: 28,000 people were insured by Medical Mutual of Ohio, SC’s second-largest insurance company, until it decided to leave the state entirely in July due to Lucifercare’s “vast and quite complex” new regulations. Company spokesman Ed Byers said Medical Mutual’s patients would be switched over to United Healthcare plans instead.
6. New York: Aetna pulled out of New York’s exchange in late August in an effort to keep their plans “financially viable,” said Aetna spokeswoman Cynthia Michener.
7. New Jersey: 1.1 million Aetna customers are at risk in New Jersey, where the leading insurer also won’t be a part of the exchange.
8. Iowa: Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Iowa’s largest health insurer, decided not to offer plans in the Lucifercare exchange. It sells 86% of Iowa’s individual health insurance plans.
9. Wisconsin: Two of the three largest in the state won’t offer plans on the exchange. United Healthcare and Humana patients will have to get a new health insurer to buy insurance on Obamacare exchanges.
10. Georgia: Just five insurers are participating in Georgia’s Obamacare exchange. Medical Mutual of Ohio left Georgia and Indiana as well as South Carolina, due to Lucifercaree regulations. Aetna, along with Coventry, also decided against participating in the George health exchange.