Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Tomayto, Tomahto

Potayto (via FoIB Jeff M):

"Newly issued federal data shows that North Carolina has among the highest health insurance costs under the [ObamaTax] ... North Carolinians covered by the ACA receive some of the nation’s highest subsidies per person."

Here's the thing: prices get distorted as soon as the government steps into the equation. Tar Heel State ACA insureds provide ample proof of this; by insulating them from the actual cost of plans, our Betters in DC© are able to gloss over the devastating effect that the ACA has had on health insurance rates.


The folks at HotAir point us to what's happening on the macro scale:

"Steven Lopez has gone without health insurance for 15 years, and the Affordable Care Act hasn't changed his mind. Once again this year, he will forgo coverage, he said, even though it means another tax penalty."

Mr Lopez is a 51 year old IT pro; last year, he and his family coughed up almost $1,000 to cover the fine tax penalty. It was either that, or 4 or 5 times that much in premiums, plus actual out-of-pocket for any healthcare they inadvertently received.

For all the talk of how many folks have signed up for ObamaPlans, some 28 million of our fellow citizens have taken a pass. And that's not counting the tens of millions on Medicaid (which, as we've repeatedly pointed out, is not insurance).

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