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North Carolinians Still Searching For Hagan’s “Positives” In ObamaCare

- October 24, 2013

ACROSS THE STATE, FAMILIES REPORT CONFUSION, DELAYS AND HIGHER COSTS

North Carolinians Cannot Get Information About Their HealthCare Options Due To The Broken Healthcare.gov Website. “Linda Galvano was stressed out.  Armed with brochures and pamphlets, the 53-year-old business owner showed up at the West Regional Branch Library on Wednesday to try to make sense of her health care options under the Affordable Care Act.” (Paige Rentz, “Fayetteville Residents Struggle With Obamacare Eligibility,” Fayetteville Observer, 10/24/13)

  • “‘I'm Really Stressed Out - So Stressed Out I'm Getting Headaches - Because I Want To Be Prepared For This,’ Said Galvano, Who Couldn't Access Information On Healthcare.Gov, The Homepage Of The Federal Insurance Exchange.” (Paige Rentz, “Fayetteville Residents Struggle With Obamacare Eligibility,” Fayetteville Observer, 10/24/13)

For Some North Carolina Families, ObamaCare Has Driven Up The Cost Of Their Plans So Much That Subsidies Aren’t Enough. “But for some, the subsidies aren't enough.  Galvano said she currently pays $282 a month for an insurance plan with a $3,500 deductible, and her monthly premium is set to jump to $552 next year. Even with her estimated $165 subsidy, she'll be paying more to keep the insurance she has.” (Paige Rentz, “Fayetteville Residents Struggle With Obamacare Eligibility,” Fayetteville Observer, 10/24/13)

  • “After Wednesday's Information Session, She Said She Probably Will Have To Downgrade Her Plan To Afford The Monthly Premiums.” (Paige Rentz, “Fayetteville Residents Struggle With Obamacare Eligibility,” Fayetteville Observer, 10/24/13)

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)

ONE NORTH CAROLINA FAMILY TRIED, AND FAILED, TO SIGN UP FOR COVERAGE ONLINE, OVER THE PHONE, AND THROUGH THE MAIL

One Family In Mount Olive, North Carolina Tried Unsuccessfully For Days To Sign Up For Insurance On HealthCare.gov. WENDY DAVIDSON: They make out like it’s so easy, and you can shop for all these different insurances.  We’ve just found that’s not the case. REPORTER: Ever since healthcare.gov launched October 1st, her husband had been trying to log on.  DAVIDSON: Every day he would start in the morning before he went to work, nothing, he wouldn’t get a hold of anywhere.  He’d try again at lunchtime, then he’d try again at night.  This went on for a long time.” (WRAL-NC, 10/23/13)

After Giving Up On HealthCare.gov, They Tried Applying Over The Phone, But The Operators’ Computers Kept Freezing.  “REPORTER: Wendy tried the website, gave up, and finally picked up the phone.  WENDY DAVIDSON: When I started doing the application over the phone, the first day I was on there for probably 45 minutes.   And the lady’s computer locked up.  So she asked me to try again the next day or so.  So I did.  I was on the phone for two hours and some minutes, and her computer locked up too.” (WRAL-NC, 10/23/13)

Finally, They Asked For An Application To Be Mailed To Them. “REPORTER: So she asked for an application to be mailed to her.  It’s been a week, no application has arrived.” (WRAL-NC, 10/23/13)

  • Wendy Davidson: “I Called Back Today, And They Tell Me It’s Going To Be The First Of November Before I Can Get An Application Mailed To Me.” (WRAL-NC, 10/23/13)

Davidson: “[My Husband] Says ‘Let’s Just Pay The Penalty, At Least For This Year, And Be Done With It.’” (WRAL-NC, 10/23/13)

BUT KAY HAGAN INSISTS “THERE ARE A LOT OF POSITIVES” IN OBAMACARE

Hagan Voted To Pass ObamaCare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396, Adopted 60-39: R 0-39; D 60-0, 12/24/09, Hagan Voted Yea)

In An August Interview, Hagan Defended ObamaCare, Saying It Has “A Lot Of Positives.” SEN. HAGAN: “First I want to ask the question, how large is your small business?  If it’s fifty employees or less, the new Affordable Care Act doesn’t apply to you at all.  So that’s off the equation.  But what does benefit a small business is once the new healthcare exchanges come on line, and come on the market, coming in October of this year, small business will be able to purchase health insurance just like large businesses do.  They’ll be given options.  And some small businesses will actually be eligible for tax credits and for funding to help them purchase that health insurance.  So I think there’s a lot of positives here that I want to encourage small businesses to reach out to my office and we can certainly help with information.” (Kay Hagan, WCCB Interview, 8/27/13)


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