Obamacare enrollees struggling with medical bills

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    Oct 13, 2014 6:05 PM GMT

    A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research may help explain why President Barack Obama faces such strong headwinds in trying to persuade the public that his health care law is holding down costs.

    The survey found the biggest financial worries among people with so-called high-deductible plans that require patients to pay a big chunk of their medical bills each year before insurance kicks in.

    Such plans already represented a growing share of employer-sponsored coverage. Now, they're also the mainstay of the new health insurance exchanges created by Obama's law.


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    Oct 13, 2014 9:46 PM GMT

    Edward Frank of Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, said he bought a plan with a $6,000 deductible last year through HealthCare.gov. That's in the high range, since deductibles for popular silver plans on the insurance exchanges average about $3,100 — still a lot.

    "Unless you get desperately ill and in the hospital for weeks, it's going to cost you more to have this plan and pay the premiums than to pay the bill just outright," said Frank, who ended up paying $4,000 of his own money for treatment of shoulder pain.

  • Svnw688

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    Oct 14, 2014 1:50 AM GMT
    So you've gone from bashing Obamacare's implementation (from the exchanges, to offering high-deductible but not "dog" plans, to doing away with annual limits, lifetime limits, and preexisting conditions), to saying it's not good enough.

    Because that's not schizophrenic. Voters will totally blame the shortcomings of the ACA on Dems, not on the Repubs who caused these concessions that you're now complaining about. Not.