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November 4th, 2013 - 6:19 am

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Meanwhile, the New York Times is — surprise! — throwing ObamaCare lifelines like this headline. But the devil is in the details:

Millions of people could qualify for federal subsidies that will pay the entire monthly cost of some health care plans being offered in the online marketplaces set up under President Obama’s health care law, a surprising figure that has not garnered much attention, in part because the zero-premium plans come with serious trade-offs.

Three independent estimates by Wall Street analysts and a consulting firm say up to seven million people could qualify for the plans, but federal officials and insurers are reluctant to push them too hard because they are concerned about encouraging people to sign up for something that might ultimately not fit their needs.

The bulk of these plans are so-called bronze policies, the least expensive available. They require people to pay the most in out-of-pocket costs, for doctor visits and other benefits like hospital stays.

Plus, there are doctors and entire hospital systems which will simply refuse to see these people. It’s the difference, once again, between coverage and treatment. It’s as if I gave you a certificate, signed by yours truly, for a free makeout session with the movie actor or actress of your choice. Good luck cashing that in, even if it does carry the VodkaPundit Seal of Total Awesomeness™.

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Steve, I'd like my certificate for an insane weekend with that Fiat Abarth model. Thank you.
51 weeks ago
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"the least expensive available. They require people to pay the most in out-of-pocket costs, for doctor visits and other benefits like hospital stays."

What is "most"? 99%?
51 weeks ago
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They make $24K/yr and live in a house like that! I make over 50 and can barely afford a studio apt. And now they get free health care too! Greedy baby-boom, bastages!

What was that you were saying re: Generation Screwed, Steve?
51 weeks ago
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Poor needy baby boomers.

You can also be sure that as "artists" none of their income is off the books.

Jeebus.
51 weeks ago
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Their real earnings are off the book. The $24,000 is reported earning to the IRS to qualify them for earned income credits.
51 weeks ago
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Yeah, even in Albuquerque, that’s an awfully nice place for $24,000 a year.
51 weeks ago
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I think I'm just going to make my own plan.

1) Eff Obamacare.

2) Keep an emergency fund of cash, and if something goes wrong, find a doctor who wants a bag full of money to fix it.
51 weeks ago
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If things go as expected, you'll need a bag full of money. Or a wheelbarrow full. /Wiemar Republic
51 weeks ago
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There are still HSA's available. I may end up going that route myself.
51 weeks ago
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The article also says that the free, subsidized plans will attract the young people that the marketplace needs to succeed.
Dear God.
Also, if you make $24k, your annual expense is capped at $6300. If you make $24k and you spend $6300 on medical bills you are in bankruptcy, which, of course, is what the law was supposed to prevent, and which, of course, if the government wasn't involved, would have the Times squealing about heartless insurance companies.
51 weeks ago
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“The article also says that the free, subsidized plans will attract the young people that the marketplace needs to succeed.”

Math continues to elude them. They hear that the system needs younger people to survive, and they think it’s a magical incantation—not that the system needs younger people to pay actual money in.
51 weeks ago
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It's not heartless when government does it.

Big Brother loves you.
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