Obamacare’s horror show has made it just in time for Halloween. Policyholders throughout the state are getting their notices, and it sure as hell wasn’t a treat. An associate of mine related his hair raising surprise. He is a single male in his mid to late fifties. His children are adults. He has had a policy with Blue Cross and Blue Shield since the early 1990’s. They informed him that his premiums have increased a whopping 400%!
Yea! Let’s hear it for Obamacare! The Democrats didn’t have to soap our windows, egg our house, or toilet paper the yard. They went for the ultimate scare! The sad part is this individual doesn’t qualify for a subsidy. He may be forced to join the ranks of the uninsured. Way to go, Democrats! You really know how trick people.
Speaking of tricks, Democrats and their lapdogs in the media have been crying and moaning about North Carolina’s General Assembly not expanding the Medicaid rolls. They keep moaning about the 500,000 uninsured who would’ve qualified for “free” taxpayer funded health care. Well, guess what? That number is a lie as well. You ask where this number came from.
Drum roll please.
A liberal think tank. Ta-dah!
Adam Linker, a policy analyst with the left-leaning N.C. Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition, said the number of North Carolinians in the coverage gap could be as high as 630,000. That total includes legal immigrants who haven’t lived in the country long enough to be eligible, illegal immigrants who are not eligible, and people, such as tobacco users, who could be charged a higher premium making coverage cost-prohibitive.
Linker said he remains hopeful that McCrory and the General Assembly will change their minds about Medicaid expansion in the next two years as they feel pressure from hospitals and from individuals as they realize they would have been eligible for coverage.
John Hood, president of the right-leaning John Locke Foundation, said he questions whether the higher eligibility estimate was done in purpose by critics of North Carolina's decision not to expand Medicaid.
"About a third of that 500,000 have incomes above the poverty line, and can thus go into the exchanges at high levels of federal subsidy, usually full subsidy,” Hood said. “That leaves just over 300,000 below poverty.
"Even that is an exaggeration because the Obama administration has already said that people just below poverty (90 percent and up) will likely qualify for the exchanges, too, which is why the NC DHHS says the real number is more like 150,000.”
How can you tell when a Democrat is lying to you? When he moves his lips.