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Bridget Johnson

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January 16, 2014 - 2:06 pm

A Colorado Republican has been notified by his state’s insurance commissioner that the number of residents who have received cancellation notices due to Obamacare is far more than previously reported.

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) wrote Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar last week to get an accurate count of those who had lost their coverage. Until he received a response on Tuesday, the department was still reporting just under 250,000 had received cancellation notices.

That figure, though, was from Nov. 6: 106,083 people with individual coverage who lost insurance and 143,116 in small group coverage.

Salazar explained in the letter how they were trying to tabulate the data, weighing “a more consistent interpretation of ‘cancellation,’” reaching out to insurance carriers and trying to distinguish which cancellations had been offered a renewal option.

“As of January 13, 2014, carriers reported 335,484 people with individual or small group coverage were affected by cancellation notices,” the letter eventually stated.

“Tens of thousands more Coloradans than previously reported have received notices that their healthcare plans will be cancelled. Some have resorted to playing a numbers game, acting as if a renewal option that some received with their cancellation notices makes the situation better. This law was passed on the premise that individuals would not have to worry year to year whether or not they could renew the plan they had and liked,” Gardner said after receiving Salazar’s response.

“How long will these individuals be able to keep their renewed plans for? President Obama and those who vouched for his law have explaining to do, their promise was ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,’” he added.

“It is imperative that the federal and state agencies monitoring and implementing Obamacare are forthright with the information they have gathered. Too much of what I have learned about the rollout of this law has come from letters, hours of committee hearings and news reports.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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The young and healthy are signing up by the millions! By the tens of millions! By the hundreds of millions! They are flooding in and with hard cash! Even beyond our wildest expectations! Most have insisted on paying months in advance! Soon now they will overwhelm the very few sick people and subsidized people who have signed up! Do not listen to the very few naysayers. They are just up to their usually tricks of spreading disinformation. Hit them with shoes! Always know that whatever I or any other member of this administration tells you, is the truth. Period.
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Under-reporting cancellations by one third and over-reporting enrollments by four fifths.

30 million will have lost coverage and five million subsidized will get free quackery.

One sixth of the economy shattered and the Constitution shredded. Our security dismantled and our freedom trampled.

And the Republicans are going to form a committee to write a stern note about it.
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Just another lie, one among Obama's multitude of lies. My rule of thumb; if Obama said it, it's NOT true.
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My plan was cancelled, because as Nancy Pelosi put it "we were 'deprived' of basic health care". In my case, the plan I CHOOSE that started on 06/01/13 (when our COBRA ran out) "deprived" this 61 year old woman (whose had a hysterectomy) of Maternity Care & Birth Control Pills. What I am actually "deprived" of now is CHOICE!! My newest new health care plan (Obamacare) is a sh!tty HMO, which costs $1.00 more per month than my really good PPO, which replaced my excellant POS (through COBRA)...confused now?...imagine how I feel, with my 3rd health insurance plan in 7 months. I REALLY WANTED to keep COBRA.
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I wonder if my family has been "counted?" My wife, my son, brother and sister-in-law have ALL been cancelled. The only reason I wasn't is because I'm on Medicare and Obama is not cancelling Medicare - just stealing money from it.
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Gridley you may have to adjust your rule of thumb. If he says something that promotes himself, and policy it is probably not true.

If he says something that will harm this country it probably is.
Thus when he says he wants to make the cost of energy skyrocket, and harm coal plants that produce energy for this country, that harms the country and is true.

Best to you.
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The exception that proves the rule.

See his promises about Obamacare. Especially those that it would reduce medical costs, and ultimately save money.
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The young and healthy are signing up by the millions! By the tens of millions! By the hundreds of millions! They are flooding in and with hard cash! Even beyond our wildest expectations! Most have insisted on paying months in advance! Soon now they will overwhelm the very few sick people and subsidized people who have signed up! Do not listen to the very few naysayers. They are just up to their usually tricks of spreading disinformation. Hit them with shoes! Always know that whatever I or any other member of this administration tells you, is the truth. Period.
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for satire to be effective it must be rooted in what could be considered truth, you seem to do a very good job with your post.
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"Hit them with shoes!"

FTW.
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Ask the NAIC?
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Under-reporting cancellations by one third and over-reporting enrollments by four fifths.

30 million will have lost coverage and five million subsidized will get free quackery.

One sixth of the economy shattered and the Constitution shredded. Our security dismantled and our freedom trampled.

And the Republicans are going to form a committee to write a stern note about it.
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cfbleachers...you missed a few pieces of the bureaucracy. Before the Repub's form a committee, they have to impanel a "Blue Ribbon Committee" to appoint a sub-committee to perform a feasibility study on the possibility of forming a committee...there fixed it for ya.
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To be fair, Jeff Sessions continues to impress, though. He put the EPA on the grill and charred Obama in the process. It was a thing of beauty.

Too bad the stern note committee can't follow his lead.
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Just another lie, one among Obama's multitude of lies. My rule of thumb; if Obama said it, it's NOT true.
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