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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 jpgrimaldi@verizon.net 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.

 

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WJB
2 years 11 months ago

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.

Peggy
2 years 11 months ago

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.

Phil
2 years 11 months ago

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.

John
2 years 11 months ago

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.

D.Jerrow
2 years 11 months ago

Amen

Lynn Mohr
2 years 11 months ago

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!!

John F
2 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Yvonne
2 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Karen
2 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
dfd
2 years 11 months ago

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!!!!!

Phil
2 years 11 months ago

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
2 years 11 months ago

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
2 years 11 months ago

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.

DrJCA1
2 years 11 months ago

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.

Jacqueline Doty
2 years 11 months ago

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?

Arthur
2 years 11 months ago

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.

job2nd
2 years 11 months ago

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
2 years 11 months ago

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.

Robert McElhinney
2 years 11 months ago

I have said this before in a comment about other articles . IF you are a church going Christian under Obama care you are allowed to join a HEALTH SHARING group. I under stand that there groups at this time that are allowed under the law. The group I joined is SAMERITIAN MINISTERIES OUT OF PEORIA ILL. Check them out .

Jj Rooney
2 years 11 months ago

What’s your point?

Gary Fanning
2 years 11 months ago

The house of representatives…can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as the great mass of society. This has always been deemed one of the strongest bonds by which human policy can connect the rulers and the people together. It creates between them that communion of interest, and sympathy of sentiments, of which few governments have furnished examples; but without which every government degenerates into tyranny.

James Madison, Federalist No. 57, February 19, 1788

Mike Felice
2 years 11 months ago
Gary, I understand what you posted completely but I sincerely hope that you posted it as an example of what is NOT being complied with at the present time. The ignorant American public was not allowed to know just how much obamacare would steal out of their pockets and “redistribute” into other people’s pockets before the stupid law was passed but they(the ignorant Americans) loved it anyway because their savior, obama, forced it upon them and he could do no wrong. The rest of the Americans(the non-ignorant ones) said wait, what do you mean we have to pass this convoluted law before we can see what is in it?”). BUT the overly zealous, hate filled, communist leaning, ever demanding, do as I say not as I do, blind faith followers of obama all said “yes massa” and passed the bill. Now the so called evil selfish, greedy Americans (meaning anybody… Read more »
PaulE
2 years 11 months ago

Very true. Yet both Congress and the President routinely exempt themselves from numerous laws that they have forced upon us all the time.

Don
2 years 11 months ago

OUR so called elected REPRESENTATIVES should be ashamed of what they have allowed to happen to America.

I am old enought to remember when America was a proud respected country.

I firmly believe ALL POLITICIANS are in Washington for theie own selfish gains.
We have heard the same old lies for the past 50 years…lower taxes , lower crime, more jobs, etc.
Used to be politicians would ly but at least pretend they cared,,
Now politicians don’t even bother to lie, they do whatever will make them rich and quietly tell us to – – – – off

Our politicians are a disgrace to America, bought and paid for.

CORRUPTION – THE OBAMA WAY

Pattie
2 years 11 months ago

After reading all the comments, I find it hard to believe that we cannot get rid of Obama. It seems to me that we are a conservative country after all. So, how did Obama win the last election? Maybe because Romney appeared to be such a wimp and not really conservative. Also, did anyone hear about the counties in Ohio that voted 100% for Obama? How was that possible? I believe that this past election was fixed in some swing states. If this is true, then we have to get rid of voting machines.

PaulE
2 years 11 months ago
Hi Pattie, From my perspective, anyone running against Obama in the last election should have easily beat him. I mean literally anyone. After all, Obama had a dismal record on the economy, foreign policy and numerous other fronts. He was what many of us already knew, a campaign organizer in over his head on almost every issue. His one talent, which was honed from years of practice as a community organizer, was to create division amongst the people to extract money and political leverage from whatever group or individuals he was targeting at the time. Yet there are obviously some people last year, who if they couldn’t get their ideal candidate, simply chose to stay home and pout. That, coupled with the much better “get out the vote” organization of the Democrats was all that was needed for Obama to squeak by. I agree that Romney was not really a… Read more »
Pam
2 years 11 months ago

We buy insurance as protection against being financially wiped out in the event of illness that puts us in the hospital or takes a lot of medical intervention. As insurance premiums rise, this reminds me more and more of protection money that some businesses pay to the mob to leave them alone. After many years of paying premiums for a private policy, I am now aware that had I set that money aside I would have an ample sum to take care of the costs of illness. It’s time to rethink what we’re doing, get rid of the middle man (insurance and government) and re-establish the market relationship between patient and doctor.

Ronald E. Mohr
2 years 11 months ago

We have a bunch in Washington supposedly representing us since we voted for them. They do a good job of taking care of themselves and little else excepting showing up on the ballot again at election time. They are supposed to be OUR employees. They have forgotten that little fact and seem to think we report to them. Why have we allowed this to happen and then allow it to continue???????????????

Jerry
2 years 11 months ago

And, They’ve exempted themselves from this scam.

Sue Denney
2 years 11 months ago

,Americans seem to be forced into Obamacare regardless of their current coverage, like Humana or Aetna, etc. When Medicare “pays” for 80% (?) and insurance company’s pay 20%, perhaps the blame or problem should be addressed to insurance carriers. Doctors, often blamed incorrectly in some states, are charging patients outside insurance coverage costs. Unions, big corporations and others are receiving exemptions, INCLUDING Senators and House Representatives, who are keeping their chosen government provided care! Why not average Americans? Unfortunately, many Americans voted for what they thought was “Change” not misguided disaster.

Mike Hughes
2 years 11 months ago
One of the big “no problemo” items touted by the liberals is that employers who provided their employees with health insurance previous to Obamacare will continue to do so. What’s missing from their propaganda is that employers BEFORE Obamacare were pushing an ever increasing “co-pay” amount at their employees to cover “some” of the ever increasing costs of health care insurance pre-Obamacare. Are we expecting these employers to totally absorb the EXTRA costs due to the implementation of Obamacare because they are loyal and true blue Democrats? I think not! They can either increase the prices of the goods and services that their company produces or increase the amount of “co-pay” that they demand from their employees. (Or a combination of both, whick is likely). Whatever happens, the employee is NOT going to be monetarily unaffected as per the liberal propaganda, but is going to be paying just as much… Read more »
Gregory Streeter, MD
2 years 11 months ago

I’m a recently-new subscriber, and I was printing a copy of your article “Obamacare Rate Hikes May Approach 300%” but I was quite upset that the article ran to 13 pages, because of all the comments at the bottom. Your system might be as wasteful as all the idiots in DC (Den of Corruption)! I should be able to just print a 2 or 3 page article. I won’t waste my paper again until you fix your system. You should let your readers KNOW ahead of time, or give an option to just print the desired article.

Dee
2 years 11 months ago

There is also print preview so that you can see the pages. I often copy the pages I want and place them on
microsoft word, then save them to my documents rather than printing them.

LInda
2 years 11 months ago

Whenever you print an article, especially from a website with additional comments, look for the place that indicates how many pages you want to have printed, then select either “1” or “2” – that should keep your printer from including all the pages.

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