I wish I was wrong. I have been preaching this sermon from any perch I have been allowed to occupy since 2010.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care, is falling a part. I read, did not fully understand but read, the Affordable Care Act three times … all 2700 pages.
I wanted to fully understand what President Obama and his allies were attempting to accomplish and frankly, did it have a prayer of working. It became clear to me in 2011, this plan was not only designed to fail, it was designed to collapse the private, individual health insurance market so that, from their standpoint, the only option would be to implement a single-payer-system.
I have repeatedly told my audience the following:
That starting around 2017, if you were not severely impoverished or disabled so you could enroll in Medicaid; if you were not 65 years or more so that you could enroll in Medicare, or have your insurance through your employer, you would not be able to buy health insurance as an individual because the private insurers would pull out of the marketplace.
I first saw this announcement in the Knoxville Tennessee Sentinel last Thanksgiving week (2016) where it was announced that private insurance companies were pulling out of the individual market in that area, leaving individuals without a way to buy health insurance.
These types of announcements have begun to crop up all over the country in one form or another.
Today, Anthem has announced they are pulling out of the individual market in Maine with the exception of Aroostook, Hancock and Washington counties.
Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King’s refusal to continue the conversation to repeal Obama Care with their pledges of a no vote this week and earlier this year have helped doom Maine and the many other states to few if any options for the individual health insurance marketplace.
Time to tell Washington DC, you do NOT work for K Street, you work for “we the people”.
Call Collins at 202-224-2523 or King at 202-224-5344