HEALTH CARE: Millions To ‘Lose Current Coverage’
The Obamacare website is now in its fifth week. It could be another month before it works the way it’s supposed to.
But the website isn’t the only reason thousands of people are upset about the law. Despite promising you could keep your doctor and insurance plan, NBC News reports 14-million people will receive cancellation notices from their insurer.
That’s because many of the plans do not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
President Obama sold Americans on the promise that, “Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this. Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.” The president said that on September 9, 2009.
But now millions are being dropped from their healthcare because of Obamacare. People like 57-year-old Terry Jones, a boat builder from Fort Dodge.
“They offered the healthcare program that they had,” Jones says. “Well the insurance company that they are getting that through is stopping that plan because it doesn’t work for Obamacare.”
Jones is diabetic and his wife has health problems. He has tried every day since the healthcare.gov website went on line to sign up, but can’t. He can only guess at what his coverage will be.
The healthcare.gov website lists almost 40 Des Moines organizations that can help. We called ten at random. None could help, and most didn’t realize they were listed on the government’s website.
Jones takes home $1,600 a month. Between him and his wife, without insurance, medicine will cost him $1,400 a month.
The president says he knows the frustration Americans are going through. “The website has been too slow. People have been getting stuck during the application process,” the president said in a recent speech. “And I think it’s fair to say nobody’s more frustrated by that than I am.”
Jones disagrees. “Mister president come out here,” Jones says. “There’s a lot of people more upset than you.”
The White House is admitting that many in the individual market will lose their coverage, but argues people will be offered better, taxpayer subsidized coverage instead.