ObamaCare in California: Great ... With Big Caveat
Half of people with canceled polices will be paying more: ProPublica
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2013 5:23 PM CST
An employee of Covered California, the state's new health care exchange, provides health insurance at a call center in Rancho Cordova.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Newser) – In all the headlines about the troubles of ObamaCare, California has been a big exception. For one thing, its state exchange enrolled more people in the first month than the combined total of the 36 states that used the glitchy federal website. But ProPublica reveals a stat that might temper the applause a bit: Of the 900,000 people in California whose polices will be canceled under ObamaCare, half will end up paying more money for their new plans. (The state is not going along with President Obama's recommendation to continue canceled polices for another year.)

Here's the breakdown by reporter Charles Ornstein: Of those 900,000 people with canceled policies, 35% are eligible for a subsidy, 15% will pay less even without a subsidy, 25% will pay more for coverage but getter benefits, and the remaining 25% will pay more for coverage that is the same or possibly worse than their previous plan. "It’s not a success story because people are in open revolt about how much they’re paying," says the president of a consumer watchdog group. "The only people who are happy are people who have subsidized policies. The middle class is outraged.” Click for Ornstein's full story. (California has enrolled about 80,000 people so far, but Oregon is still stuck at ... zero.)

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Norman Johnson
Nov 27, 2013 4:19 PM CST
They're making it work in Japan.Why can't we copy their programs?They copy a lot of stuff we've originated like mass production of cars and such, large national debt.,business suits.
Dreezeez
Nov 27, 2013 12:13 PM CST
Medicare for all. Medicare and Medicaid are working smoothly except for the douche governors that won't administer it. Everything with these frickin private exchanges is crap and nobody wants them. Medicare for everyone and shut your yappers! The flaw of Obamacare is that it was assumed that a conservative plan would work. Medicare for everyone is obviously the answer. Single payer is so easy and everything is already in place. Then Congress can just fight over how much we all pay and how much gets paid out. Single payer is better in just about every possible way and now, everyone knows that conservative stuff doesn't work. Thanks Obama. By pretending to be Mitt Romney for a few minutes you have proved how terrible conservatism is. So, have Medicare for all. It is the only fair system and we can control how good it is by controlling how much we charge and pay out. You could have tax break for healthy habits or less use of care (under 65), you could pay doctors more for critical services, charge higher copayments for preventable conditions, use the money saved in overhead to train and pay doctors better, all while reducing the total cost of care. There would also be accountability. Insurance companies, who make out like bandits under Obamacare, have proven to be failures at providing adequate care. Medicare for all is the answer. Admit it conservatives; as much as you hate Obamacare, you have no other ideas. You are complaining about how people are paying more while your literal party platform is to allow insurance companies to charge what they want and cover who and what they want. That is the status quo where we have seen nothing but rising costs forever. There is no free market when there is universal demand. Admitting that is the first step to solving this crap.
pearlybay
Nov 27, 2013 11:43 AM CST
A state of 37 million and they are saying 450k may or may not be upset depending on what they will finally choose. They are saying this tiny group represents the middle class.