Promise that propelled Obamacare 
proved false by recent actions

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Josh who?

Josh, great column. Details might help to make your point to greater effect. Please describe your discontinued plan and what you’ll be able to purchase on the Colorado exchange.

Penry and Will side-by-side on this date both spewing party propaganda. Yeah, the policy Gardner has will change Dec. 31 and he will have to decide to go with the SAME company or different one. The average rate will be dropping, hence a new policy. The companies might even have to compete for his business. These people, like Penry and Will (and Will admits this with his narration about Cruz) know that when the facts and benefits start with the AHC act, they will be “eating words” as Penry put it. Some of those benefits have already started such as rebates from insurance companies that overcharged for things that had nothing to do with coverage. But for a clearer picture, view this Kaiser Family explanation - they have been leaders in healthcare for a long time - not pub party hacks.

As the countdown continues toward the “grand opening” of health insurance exchanges on Tuesday, local partisan columnist Josh Penry continues to muddy the waters about the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) by channeling Fox Noise’s Michelle Malkin and blaming “ObamaCare” for health insurers’ business decisions (“Promise that propelled Obamacare proved false by recent actions”).

Of course, first, the “promise that propelled Obamacare” was the still indisputable fact that—beginning Tuesday – millions of Americans without health insurance will be able to obtain it (and therefore access to affordable health care), without regard to pre-existing conditions, with no annual or lifetime benefit caps, and with no fear of insurers’ “death panels”.

Second, nothing in the ACA belies the promise that “if you like your doctor” and/or “your current health insurance plan, you can keep [him/her and] it” – because nothing in the ACA mandates that doctors retire or that insurers cancel existing policies.

Rather, some insurers – like Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield – made business decisions to terminate (rather than amend) existing policies that are non-compliant with the ACA’s minimum qualifying standards for premium-subsidizing tax credits and/or employer tax-deductibility, and/or which relied on administratively cumbersome “preferred provider” contracts to control costs.

As one local recipient of Anthem’s cancellation letter confirmed, it directed her to fully compliant Anthem policies and to “Connect for Health Colorado” (Colorado’s health insurance exchange).  Yes, the premiums (without regard to credits) are higher, but the coverage is also much more comprehensive (including free preventative care).

Meanwhile, the reprehensible hypocrisy of 3d C.D. representative Scott (“Tea Party”) Tipton gained national notoriety last night when Rachel Maddow identified him as one of several Repugnican Congressmen who voted against Hurricane Sandy relief, but now clamor for federal flood relief funds – while remaining determined to “shut down” and/or otherwise hamstring the source of such funds.

It just keeps going - now Cruz’s little chat has a flaw. The student cited in his talk as a “victim” of Obamacare is not that, but rather a “victim” of high interest rates of student loan burden. Thanks to the teabaggers.

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