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Obamacare Rate Hikes Triple Your Monthly Cost, Says AMAC

dan-weberThe Affordable Care Act will have a significant and dramatic impact on the pocket books of anyone who purchases health insurance -

BOHEMIA, NY, Aug 30 – Health insurance policy holders across the country can expect letters from their providers notifying them of “staggering” rate increases, some even approaching 200%, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Weber noted that officials in Florida, Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina and Kentucky say they expect rates to increase by averages of 35% to 80% or more.

But at least one major health insurance provider has notified policy holders that their premiums may skyrocket due to Obamacare.  One Kentucky family received a letter stating that its premium would triple.

An actuary for Humana told the Kentucky Department of Insurance in a rate filing last month that clients could expect premium increases as high as 80% under Obamacare, according to news reports.  But the company sent letters this month warning policy holders in the state of the Affordable Care Act rate hikes—including one advising a senior AMAC executive Andrew Mangione, who is a long-time client and resident of Louisville, that he can expect the rate on his family’s policy to increase from $333 to $965 per month.

“It’s not Humana’s fault, they are being forced to go along with the program, what bothers me is that we were told our premiums would go down and that we could keep our policies. It looks like we were lied to,” Mangione said.

A spokesman for the Humana, Mitchell Lubitz, said that the rate increases vary by the individual and reflect “the costs necessary to bring a plan into compliance with the Affordable Care Act.  Right now, all of our policies are ACA-compliant (i.e. – they all include 100 percent coverage of preventative services and contraceptive coverage), but ACA requires additional essential health benefits beginning on January 1, 2014. Essential health benefits, which are divided into 10 categories, are mandated for individual and small group health plans in 2014. Based on the health reform law, costs must be spread over all ages and genders, and the rates in 2014 reflect the expected costs of those services.”

Lubitz did not say how many rate increase letters were sent to policy holders across the country, but said that 6,000 such notifications were sent to clients in the state of Kentucky.

Humana, which is headquartered in Louisville, is one of the nation’s largest health insurance providers with more than 11 million customers nationwide.  Shortly after he took the reins at Humana last Spring, CEO Bruce Broussard told reporters: “I think the communication of the reform has been around the expansion of the coverage.  But I do not see a real, large conversation around what the impact is on the public.”

Weber commented that the notification Mangione received shows that Obamacare “is going to have a significant and dramatic impact on the pocket books of anyone who purchases health insurance.”

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Editors/reporters may contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or [email protected] to set up a call.

 

ABOUT AMAC

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.

 

About The Author

Daniel C. Weber founded the Association of Mature American Citizens in the summer of 2007. Dan Weber sees AMAC as a way to unite citizens to defend our American way of life. To enrich the lives of AMAC’s members, Weber has assembled a package of benefits and discounts for Americans 50+ that they can get nowhere else.

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Comments (75)

  1. WJB says:

    Obama needed to be impeached three years ago. Both he and that wife of his also should be deported to be with his terroristic brothers. Our spineless congressmen and senators should be sent along with them. They seem to defer to whatever Obama wants which is only leading to a dictatorship and lost of our freedom. We need to get rid of the present lying and greedy administration and put Godly and honest people in office.

  2. Peggy says:

    I wonder if the high risk groups for PSA testing and treatment, know that Obamacare wil NOT cover tests and treatments. Those groups, AfricanAmericans & Hispanics.

  3. Phil says:

    I’ve posted this before and I will keep posting it. Write, email and/or call your Congressmen and Senators on a regular basis to tell what you think and what you expect of them. If you don’t……..if you just sit back and do nothing……then what happens could be largely your fault for being too lazy to get involved in the process.

    If a representative does fails do what his/her constituents have requested, then it’s time to discard and vote in a new hand.

    Also, sign the petition on the internet under “WWW.DON’TFUNDOBAMACARE”. They already have well over one million signatures and counting up daily.

  4. John says:

    Obamacare is a farce. We all know that. Let me address the issue some have raised about conservatives causing the swing to socialism by not voting in the last election. It is not their fault It is the fault of the GOP kingpins like Rove who shove down our throats non-conservative weaklings like McCain and Romney. Look at McCain – just today Obama met with him and his joined at the hip cohort, Graham, to discuss Syria. Why those two? Because they think like Obama.I tell you Rove and his friends have destroyed the GOP. I twice voted for the trash they forced on us; and I assure you I will not do it again. Don’t blame the people who did not go to the polls. Get rid of the destroyers like Rove.

  5. Lynn Mohr says:

    I have said this before and I will say it again, write to your rep’s. that are not voting the way you want them to and
    remind them that when you go to the polls, you will vote against them! IF they can not or will not vote as the
    people who put them in office request them to do, we will put someone different in their chair who will be willing
    to vote the way we want them to!! IF we all send letters, that would be a flood of letters. They all know which side
    their bread is buttered on, so let then that you are NOT happy with how they are voting!!

  6. John F says:

    The problem lies with the voters. The religious right would rather not vote than vote for a perceived moderate, in effect giving the election to Obama. Freedom of religion also means freedom from religion. There are not enough far-right conservatives to win an election, which is a blessing in itself. Romney was a superb manager but he had to waste time, money and even compromise his positions to get the nomination. There was no other Republican candidate who was electable, and frankly, I don’t want a far-right wacko like some of those we had to be elected. We need to heal the partisanship that is slowly ruining this country and a “true” conservative would likely split it farther apart than it is now thanks to our Socialist (and corrupt) president and the far-left liberals who predominate in the Senate. Keep religion out of the platforms and let people who understand how to manage and how economics work get the nominations for various offices and maybe the Republicans can get relevant again.

    • Karen says:

      Yes the voters are the ones that should make the decision. Unfortunately those who made the decision in the last election were the dead voting, people voting 2,3,4,5,6 times plus. Voter fraud was a major contributors. Georg Soros owned all the voting machines in the country. Mitt Romney never had a chance. The libs put our every lie they could about Mitt Romney and none of it was true.

      Yes there were many who stayed home because they did not like the candidate. Shame on them. There are many I never liked but I have always voted.

      Religion has always been part of our country and it should remain that way. No it should not be the centerpiece of any campaign but it should be included.

      We have many candidates that are considering running and I like many of them. Yes I do have a favorite and that is Rand Paul. I will keep watching and listening to every candidate. I also have a second choice.

      What we all need to do is thoroughly vet every candidate. I went back 10-20 years for some that were running in the last election.Romney was the shining star in my book.

      The thing we need to do is keep vet all candidates and email them with questions and concerns constantly.

      We also need to be in charge of own debates for the election.

      It is time to wipe away liberalism and support and back our candidates. Whining and gnashing of teeth never works.

    • Yvonne says:

      In response to John F blaming the right for current term:

      It isn’t Christians (the far right) that are responsible for today’s leap towards Marxism. That started when God was taken out of the schools and before. The first school book was the Bible. America was founded on the PRINCIPLES found within the Bible. Church services were held in the Congress, the Senate, the Treasury Office and even the Supreme Court.

      I agree, freedom of religion DOES mean also freedom from religion. That’s why Thomas Jefferson, in his famous letter reassured the people from the Danbury Baptist Association, that the constitution was written such that the Congress, could NOT establish a NATIONAL religion. It effectively ENSURES the right of people to worship or NOT worship. (By the way, God himself was the first one to give man that right. It’s called “free will”. ) Jefferson also spoke of the effect of this constitutional article as “a wall of separation between church and state”. A phrase also used by Roger Williams, another separatist, who came to America for that very freedom long before Jefferson.

      This is just one more example of how politicians (of all sorts) twist the truth for political gain. By the way, Thomas Jefferson attended church in the Congress where services were held until sometime in the mid 1860′s. He also made the statement that ,”The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time”. Although he wasn’t a believer in the miracles of the Bible, he did believe in God. He even created his own Bible by extracting the religious principles therein, and the orginal still exists. You can buy a reproduction: Just google the Thomas Jefferson Bible.

      Another set of quotes, these from John Adams:

      “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity.”

      and

      “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” We are seeing that now and have been seeing it, for decades, destroy this country.

      Yes, indeed, in terms of priciples, this was indeed a Christian nation, at least for the first 200+ years.

      Those willing to listen to both sides might find the following sites interesting reading. I wish people who listen to so called “statements of fact”, from politicians in particular, would do their own research before buying the lie. You might want to browse the following links.

      http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=90

      http://www.dakotavoice.com/2010/05/the-church-in-the-u-s-capitol-building/

      Finally, some facts about Christians that will help identify them in the future:

      A Christian is a person who has: confessed to God that he is a sinner, asked forgiveness, confessed Christ as Savior publicly, experienced a spiritual rebirth, and been baptized as an outward expression of his inward change.

      If a person is sincere in this, his life WILL change. He will thirst for God’s Word and the battle for his soul begins. Do Christians sin? Yes, sadly we do, but there is a difference. You don’t want to sin, you are convicted when you do and feel a sense of shame and an urgency to ask God’s forgiveness. That is why it’s important to talk to God in prayer and listen to God speaking to us in his Word. We grow to be more like Christ and mature. God gave us his son, Jesus, to teach us and to give an example. Christians must stand firm in obedience to God. If we are being forced to do a thing that is clearly against God’s Word, a Christian chooses obedience to God. Maybe that’s why some Christians didn’t vote. I am certain that isn’t why Obama won the election. He got that by dead people’s votes and those from counties like that one in Ohio, I believe, where 110% of the people voted and promises he couldn’t deliver on (knowing it going in), like expecting approximately 40% of those of working age, to support the other nearly 50% (and these are not dependants of tax payers). We tax payers are dying out fast. How does that quote go? “Socialism works fine until you run out of other people’s money.” Just for the record, I voted for Romney, not my choice, but, hey, Reagan was dead.

      Another way to identify real Christians: we are commanded to and desire to share the “Good News”, not ram it down someone’s throat. No one can make a decision for someone else to seek God and salvation, not even our spouse, our children, or our parents. so if you see someone doing otherwise, they are most likely not Christians or lack maturity. Oh, by the way, I voted, as a matter of principle, for Ross Perot when he ran. He’s an astute businessman and no doubt would have downsized government substantially, hired an independant auditor to ensure the public monies were well spent, and put the crooks in a REAL prison to do REAL time. What better deterrent? I also think Perot would have limited terms and set their wages as what they were making on their job when they ran for office. After all, it is supposed to be a position of voluntary SERVICE. A dream, yes, but such a sweet one. No wonder they threatened his life.

      Please avoid blaming true Christians for the current state of government. I suggested earlier that those who automatically accept a politician’s statement of “fact” (or anyone elses) to do their own research. Same with the Bible.

      This may not get posted as it appears to be off topic. I say appears to be off topic, but we wouldn’t be here discussing this if it truly were.

  7. dfd says:

    Obama has passed “executive decision” for the government to take over the country in “any kind of emergency, true or imagined! We as a “FREE COUNTRY” are FINISHED/ SCREWED!!!!!

  8. Phil says:

    What is equally or more disturbing to me is that a fair number of our Republican representatives have said they will continue to support Obamacare.

    Way too many of our elected representatives are not representing our interest as we have elected them to do.

    It’s easy to be disappointed with the Democrats in Washington. Ninety nine (99) percent of them are socialist. But the Republicans are suppose to be on our side.

    Come mid-terms, we the American people need to really upset their apple carts by electing all new faces in Washington.

    • Karen says:

      Keep emailing them and tell them no. The more that do it then the better chance we have of silencing them. In you live in the states that has these traitors then write to you local papers and get a top of the line candidate to run and get elected.

      • Jj Rooney says:

        Where were you last November? It’s too damn late. The USA is now one big welfare state due to your apathy.
        We are whipped.

  9. DrJCA1 says:

    The radicals on the right GAVE away the last election to the thieves on the left. Unless the extremists in our party get off their high “holier-than-thou” horse, we will lose the next few elections as well. Normal folks don’t care much about abortions, gay rights, or birth control. We DO care about the economy, jobs, and the average working family. If the tea party fools stay on course and stop with the religious freakazonics (al la muslim extremists who also do everything in the name of their god), we can and will win from now on. If they insist on the religious approach to politics, we will keep losing and many of you will keep on whining about how bad liberals are.

  10. Jacqueline Doty says:

    Gotta’ take care of all those moochers who can wait until they are sick to buy insurance, and then cancel when they are well again. What the heck did those idiots expect?

  11. Arthur says:

    The dirty little secret that the politicians and the “mainstream media” aren’t telling you is the fact that the so-called “Affordable Care Act” was designed to fail from the beginning. It’s just another example of “management by crisis” which has been used for centuries by corrupt politicians and works like a charm; create a crisis whereby the masses demand a solution, and then come to their rescue. Obama has said repeatedly that he “prefers a single payer system”, and that’s what is coming. Does anyone really believe that the writers of the legislation were unaware of its’ consequences? When the ignorant masses demand action, the government will come to their rescue and take over the healthcare industry from the insurance companies. Bet on it.

  12. job2nd says:

    I voted against Obama. how do we get him impeached? I’m not a political science whiz. I’m all for a strong group starting a petition and calling and protesting and whatever it takes. Sure, the poor and uneducated ones will listen to his line of promised “freebies”. They need to realize what a schmuck he is. He is working on a 3rd term and eventually a dictatorship as I see it. Why can’t the Republicans get a stronger candidate with better platform? After all, Obama is a manufactured person and not even a natural citizen. The Democrats are getting out and taking people to the polls that might not go otherwise. Even the deceased ones apparently. I would like to deport Obama and Michelle.
    We have to do more than complain and let someone else do it.

    • webreb1 says:

      AMEN!!!!
      I agree with you 1000%. This is what I have been saying since the information on “OBAMACARE” (aka The un-Affordable Health Care Act) first started coming out. The only way (as I see it) is impeachment although Obama probably has enough of his Washington Puppets (much less his on private army) in his pockets to thwart impeachment.

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