More than two million American citizens have already been told that they cannot renew their insurance policies when they expire. That is more than triple the number of persons who are supposedly buying Obamacare – insurance via the New Affordable Care Act, according to a CBS report on Tuesday.
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Hundreds of thousands of individuals are not going to have their current coverage as President Barack Obama promised people would when he was trying to convince Americans of the Affordable Care Act two years ago.
Jan Crawford asserted on “CBS This Morning” that the news organization has contacted insurance companies across the United States and data has been calculated. According to Crawford’s report, people who are opening letters which are informing them that they can’t keep their insurance policies – despite Obama’s assurances to the contrary in the past – are shocked.
To say that the White House is in defensive mode regarding the report is putting it mild. The White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, is front and center, now saying that what the president said and what everybody said all along is that there are going to be changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – to create minimum standards of coverage. Those faced with their policies being cancelled are saying that that’s not what the president said at all.
CBS News confirmed that more than two million people are getting letters that they no longer can keep their existing insurance plans. It’s a fact, according to CBS. They have data from some states such as California which has 279,000 losing their insurance policies, 140,000 in Michigan, 800,000 in New Jersey, and 300,000 in Florida. These estimates are said to be on the low end. As more letters will be sent out cancelling policies by the end of the year. Some companies reportedly refused to tell CBS how many letters they are sending out, but they didn’t deny that they are – in fact – sending cancellation letters out by the end of the year.
The insurance companies are blaming Obamacare for the cancelled policies because they fear the policies are meeting the federal mandate. They say policies don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s 10 minimum standards. Those standards include – but are not limited to – emergency visits, maternity care, pediatric dental care, and mental health treatment. The bottom line is that Americans have to sing on to the new plans’ dictates even if people don’t want or need the further reaching insurance coverage – of which they will pay substantially more money to have. Of course, due to the taxpayer subsidies, some will pay less. How many will pay less can’t be figured because people have not found out if they qualify for Obamacare because the web site is still down.
It sounds as if letters that cancel one’s insurance policy must be sent out by Dec. 31, 2013.