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July 24, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Change! Because hope is kind of quaint…

The second-largest health insurance company in South Carolina is pulling out of the state at the end of the year because of the Affordable Care Act. Medical Mutual of Ohio is the parent company of the Carolina Care plan, which insures about 28,000 people in South Carolina.

The company is also pulling out of Georgia and Indiana. Medical Mutual spokesman Ed Byers says, “Under new regulations, which are vast and quite complex, it is in our best interest to focus on our core market of Ohio where we are headquartered and have been doing business successfully for nearly 80 years.”

He says the 28,000 people who are members of the Carolina Care plan will be transitioned to United Healthcare, and they’ve all been notified of that.

South Carolina Insurance Director Ray Farmer says the loss of the state’s second-largest health insurer could raise rates for everyone. “If you have less competition, not only in insurance but in any marketplace, it could result in higher rates. I don’t think there’s going to be a big groundswell of other companies leaving the marketplace, though,” he says.

Well, wait and see. We’re nowhere near the end of this, we’re not even at the end of the beginning. Unless it’s repealed.

Real health care reform could have done a few basic things and brought premiums down: allow competition across state lines, reform medical-related tort law to curb frivolous lawsuits, and provide incentives for Americans to save for their own health care are just three. ObamaCare didn’t touch any of those, and is driving costs up while reducing access and raising unemployment.

The message remains the same today as it has been since 2010: ObamaCare delenda est.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Right on cue Carolina Care. As commercial coverage becomes more scarce there is only one safety net large enough to fill the void and do the job the market won't (or whatever rationale is given to not let the crisis go to waste).

The man-caused disaster that is Obamacare will be an enduring legacy. Barry could lounge at Martha' s Vineyard for the next thousand days and still claim the most significant transformation project a huge success. Aided and abetted by gutless, self-interested Republican congressmen too stupid to see beyond their own perks and power. None of these guys are willing to go out on their shields and it stinks.
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There are unintended consequences...and intended consequences.

Overload the system and tear it apart from the inside. Where is the Republican anger? The rage? The indignity?

Why the tepid and timid and tentative response to tyranny? Doesn't it deserve something a tad bit stronger?
1 year ago
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Plenty of indignity out there. I think you meant indignation?
1 year ago
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Yes, those are three. Honest question: is there a reason an actual bill hasn't been drafted by Congressional Repubs?
1 year ago
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Because if they did, and Boehner allowed it to come to a vote in the House, they would have no excuses. And if Boehner did not allow it to come to a vote, he has no excuse. The same reason that no one will attach an amendment to the Debt Ceiling Bill repealing Obamacare.

Subotai Bahadur
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Less competition = higher rates even without Obamacare, and less competition = closer to monopoly and singlepayer. If things don't get cheaper ... well welcome to impending singlepayer utopia. Even when we transition to that, they'll just hide those costs in the taxes. Guess what a case of basic beer costs in Canada ... $50.
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