2014 is here and it is time to start the daily record of Affordable Care Act fallout in which we find that nothing is affordable and care is denied.
Today, The Week has stepped up to the task and summarized much of the news from around the United States. Here’s one example:
In Alabama, premiums have doubled for some middle-class families, like that of Courtney Long, a stay-at-home mother of four. She told WHNT News, “It’s devastating. I started crying.”
“I mean, we have worked so hard to get out of credit card debt, get ahead on the car loan, transfer our mortgage to a 15- from a 30-year mortgage… and for what?”
- In California, 900,000 have been stripped of the insurance they had and about 600,000 of them will have to pay a lot more for a plan (allegedly the rest will qualify for subsidies).
- Costs are going up for many in Nashville and Memphis well over 150 percent (that is just the premium, without accounting for higher out-of-pocket costs for medical care).
- In Washington State the cost of insurance for individuals is going up at least 34 percent, and as much as eighty percent in some cases.
The story also points to this New York Times piece I somehow missed from before Christmas. It tells of horrible losses of a family but also gives this wider analysis:
The cost of premiums for people who just miss qualifying for subsidies rises rapidly for people in their 50s and 60s. In some places, prices can quickly approach 20 percent of a person’s income. Experts consider health insurance unaffordable once it exceeds 10 percent of annual income. By that measure, a 50-year-old making $50,000 a year, or just above the qualifying limit for assistance, would find the cheapest available plan to be unaffordable in more than 170 counties around the country, ranging from Anchorage to Jackson, Miss.
There is a lot more in the article pulled from other stories. This monstrosity needs to be abolished and conservatives need to be committed to that end.