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Few ObamaCare Enrollments In North Carolina As 160,000 Lose Their Existing Plans

- November 5, 2013

Blue Cross Blue Shield, North Carolina's Largest Insurer, Has Enrolled Just One Person Through The State's ObamaCare Exchange "And That Person Hasn't Paid." "The public's problems in trying to deal with the troubled Health Insurance Marketplace website aren't the only problems plaguing the system. WNCN Investigates learned the state's largest insurer has experienced a number of problems with the system. Blue Cross Blue Shield has more than 3.7 million customers in our state, but internal emails obtained by WNCN show that as of last Friday, only one person had enrolled for health insurance through the Exchange and that person hasn't paid." (Steve Sbraccia, "Blue Cross NC: No Payments Made Through Health Care Exchange," WNCN, 11/4/13)

Less Than 1,000 People Had Filled Out Applications With Blue Cross Blue Shield As Of October 25. "Meanwhile, people are not embracing BCBS's marketplace. According to those emails, less than 1,000 people even filled out applications as of Oct. 25." (Steve Sbraccia, "Blue Cross NC: No Payments Made Through Health Care Exchange," WNCN, 11/4/13)

Meanwhile, 160,000 North Carolinians Have Lost Their Existing Healthcare Plans As A Result Of ObamaCare

160,000 North Carolinians Have Been Kicked Off Their Existing Insurance Plans As A Result Of ObamaCare According To The Associated Press. "North Carolina 160,000" ("State By State: 3.5 Million Insurance Policies Canceled," The Associated Press , 11/2/13)

HAGAN PROMISED NORTH CAROLINIANS THAT THEY COULD KEEP THEIR PLANS, BUT DID NOT KEEP HER PROMISE WHEN GIVEN THE CHANCE

In 2009, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) Said She Was "Focused On A Reform Bill That…Ensures That If You Like Your Insurance And Your Doctors, You Keep Them." "I have been focused on a reform bill that prevents insurance companies from turning patients away who have a preexisting condition, that expands coverage, and ensures that if you like your insurance and your doctors, you keep them." (Sen. Kay Hagan, Floor Remarks, 11/5/09)

  • Hagan: "If You've Got Health Insurance, In Our Country, You Keep It. Whatever We Do, I Don't Want To Dismantle Any System Where People Are Happy With The Coverage That They Have." (Sen. Kay Hagan, Remarks At HCAN Rally, 6/25/09)

Hagan Had The Chance To Keep Her Promise In 2010, But She Didn't

In 2010, Senate Republicans Attempted To Strike Down "The Obamacare Rule That Is Largely Responsible For Some Of The Health Insurance Cancellation Letters That Are Going Out." "Senate Democrats voted unanimously three years ago to support the Obamacare rule that is largely responsible for some of the health insurance cancellation letters that are going out. In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama's promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it." (Chris Frates, "Senate Democrats Supported Rule That Led To Insurance Cancellations," CNN, 10/31/13)

The Resolution Would Have Struck Down HHS's Grandfathering Provision That Was Intended To Help Americans Keep Their Insurance Plans. "The precipitating event was the federal regulation detailing the grandfathering provision of the law, which exempts existing health plans from certain requirements such as having to offer benefits without cost sharing. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced a resolution of disapproval calling for a do-over on the regulation, which many businesses say is too onerous." (Julian Pecquet, "Grandfathering Vote Sparks Renewed Health Reform Debate," The Hill's Health Watch , 10/29/10)

Senate Democrats Voted Unanimously To Protect The Rule. "Senate Democrats voted unanimously three years ago to support the Obamacare rule that is largely responsible for some of the health insurance cancellation letters that are going out." (Chris Frates, "Senate Democrats Supported Rule That Led To Insurance Cancellations," CNN, 10/31/13)

  • Hagan Voted With Every Other Senate Democrat To Protect The ObamaCare Rule That Is Kicking People Off Of Their Plans. (S.J.Res 39, Roll Call Vote #244 , Defeated 40-59: R 40-0; D 0-59, 9/29/10, Hagan Voted Nay)

NORTH CAROLINIANS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR COVERAGE MAY FACE CONSIDERABLY HIGHER COSTS

According To HHS's Report On Premiums In The ObamaCare Exchanges, A 27 Year Old In North Carolina Will Pay An Average Of $186 A Month For The Lowest Bronze Plan - An Increase Of 341.98 Percent Over Average Premiums Currently Available. (Office Of The Assistant Secretary For Planning And Evaluation, "Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums For 2014," HHS, 9/13; John E. Dickson, Director Of Health Care For The Government Accountability Office,Letter To Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, 7/23/13)

North Carolina Resident George Schwab Was "Perfectly Happy" With His $228 Per Month Plan, But Is Being Kicked Off Due To ObamaCare. "George Schwab, 62, of North Carolina, said he was 'perfectly happy' with his plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield, which also insured his wife for a $228 monthly premium. But this past September, he was surprised to receive a letter saying his policy was no longer available. The 'comparable' plan the insurance company offered him carried a $1,208 monthly premium and a $5,500 deductible." (Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye, "Obama Admin. Knew Millions Could Not Keep Their Health Insurance," NBC News , 10/28/13)

The Best Plan Schwab Could Find On The Exchange Costs $948 Per Month, A 415 Percent Increase. "And the best option he's found on the exchange so far offered a 415 percent jump in premium, to $948 a month." (Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye, "Obama Admin. Knew Millions Could Not Keep Their Health Insurance," NBC News , 10/28/13)

  • "'The Deductible Is Less,' He Said, 'But The Plan Doesn't Meet My Needs. Its Unaffordable.'" (Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye, "Obama Admin. Knew Millions Could Not Keep Their Health Insurance," NBC News , 10/28/13)

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