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Covered California slaps a surcharge on
health plans as Trump remains coy on subsidies

Los Angeles Times, by Chad Terhune

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 10/12/2017 4:56:34 AM

California’s health insurance exchange said Wednesday it has ordered insurers to add a surcharge to certain policies next year because the Trump administration has yet to commit to paying a key set of consumer subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The decision to impose a 12.4% surcharge on silver-level health plans in 2018 means the total premium increase for those policies will average nearly 25%, according to Covered California. Taxpayers, not consumers, will bear the brunt of the extra rate hike because federal premium assistance for policyholders, which is pegged to the cost of coverage, will also increase. Statewide, rate increases will vary


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Reply 1 - Posted by: strike3, 10/12/2017 6:55:01 AM     (No. 11414225)

Say "thank you" to Mitch McConnell and John McCain as the democrats´ monster continues to grow.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 10/12/2017 7:01:59 AM     (No. 11414229)

And why shouldn´t consumers pay? Why do Californistan citizens get cheaper premiums by having me and every other American pay for it? A subsidy didn´t come from Uncle Sam´s money tree, it came out of my pocket and every tax paying Americans´ pocket. And if these people have to pay for the health care they deserve, maybe they will stop voting Democrat like zombies from the apocalypse.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: arcady, 10/12/2017 7:21:44 AM     (No. 11414248)

Obamacare continues to get worse, just as predicted.

Trump didn´t start this mess, the Dems did.

They wrote this law. They passed this law. They´re the ones who passed the largest tax increase in history. If you love this, keep voting for Democrats.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Beancounter, 10/12/2017 7:22:59 AM     (No. 11414252)

This subsidy is paid to insurance companies, not consumers. I thought liberals hated corporate welfare.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 10/12/2017 8:21:39 AM     (No. 11414332)

12.4% why so low? Should have slapped a 50% surcharge and be done with it. It´s the democrat way they own this so don´t play around Californians voted for this.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/12/2017 8:29:38 AM     (No. 11414347)

Not “coy”. Just on the way to dumping Obamacare, pulling the props out from under it as he goes. More than one way to skin a cat...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 10/12/2017 9:30:18 AM     (No. 11414432)

Does this have anything to do with the "sanctuary state" declaration? You can´t have your cake and Edith too"

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