Socialized “Universal” Healthcare Here We Come! As Predicted, Obamacare Is Absolutely Killing the Middle Class

| |

Top Tier Gear USA

Editor’s Note: Socialized “universal” healthcare here we come!

obamacare2

The critics of Obamacare have been proven right.

The Obama administration promised that health insurance premiums would go down.  Instead, they have absolutely skyrocketed.  The Obama administration promised that Obamacare would not kill jobs.  Instead, firms are hiring fewer workers because of suffocating health care costs.  As you will see below, even the Federal Reserve is admitting this.  The Obama administration also promised that the big health insurance companies would love the new Obamacare plans and would eagerly compete with one another to win customers in the new health insurance marketplaces.  Instead, many of the big health insurance companies are now dropping Obamacare plans altogether.

We witnessed the latest stunning example of this phenomenon just a few days ago.  It turns out that Aetna has been losing hundreds of millions of dollars on plans sold through the health exchanges, and now they plan to pull out of the program almost entirely

Earlier this week, Aetna, which covers about 900,000 people through the health exchanges created under Obamacare, announced that it would dramatically reduce its presence those exchanges. Instead of expanding into five new states this year, as the insurer had previously planned, the company said that it would drop out of 11 of the 15 states in which it currently sells under the law.

Aetna’s decision follows similar moves from other insurers: UnitedHealth announced in April that it would cease selling plans on most exchanges. Shortly after, Humana pulled out of two states, Virginia and Alabama. More than a dozen of the nonprofit health insurance cooperatives set up under the law—health insurance carriers created using government-back loans in order to spur competition—have failed entirely. While some insurers are entering the exchanges, even more are leaving.

Another one of “the big five”, UnitedHealth, is going to lose more than half a billion dollars on Obamacare plans.  So just a few months ago they also announced that they would be dramatically scaling back their participation in the program.

Because of the ridiculous costs, health insurance companies are either going to have to abandon the exchanges completely or they will have to raise rates substantially.

Needless to say, the people that are going to ultimately feel the pain from all of this are consumers

Customers who are now forced to obtain insurance or pay a hefty fine that grows more costly over time are being left in a difficult position. Americans are essentially stuck between a rock and hard place, either losing coverage entirely, or having to cough up money for a plan they can’t afford.

Something has to give,” said Larry Levitt, a healthcare law expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Either insurers will drop out or insurers will raise premiums.

On the low end of the spectrum, tens of millions of poor Americans benefit from government programs that provide health care at little or no cost.

On the other end of the spectrum, the very wealthy can afford to pay the ridiculously high health insurance premiums that we are seeing under Obamacare.

So what this means is that the people that are being hurt the most by Obamacare are those that belong to the middle class.

As I mentioned above, employers are now hiring less workers because of Obamacare, and that is very bad news for the middle class.  One recent study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York discovered that nearly one out of every five firms is “employing fewer workers” because of this insidious law

According to a new survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 20.9% of manufacturing firms in the state said they were employing fewer workers because of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law known as Obamacare, while 16.8% of respondents in the service sector said the same.

And middle class Americans that have to pay for their own health insurance are being hit with much higher bills these days.  According to one recent study, it is being projected that the average Obamacare premium will go up 24 percent in 2016…

Now, courtesy of a new study by independent analyst Charles Gaba – who has crunched the numbers for insurers participating in the ACA exchanges in all 50 states – we can also calculate what the average Obamacare premium increase across the entire US will be: using proposed and approved rate increase requests, the average Obamacare premium is expected to surge by a whopping 24% this year.

Even NBC News, which is about as pro-Obama as you can get, is reporting on the crippling premium increases that are devastating the middle class…

Millions of people who pay the full cost of their health insurance will face the sting of rising premiums next year, with no financial help from government subsidies.

Renewal notices bearing the bad news will go out this fall, just as the presidential election is in the home stretch.

“I don’t know if I could swallow another 30 or 40 percent without severely cutting into other things I’m trying to do, like retirement savings or reducing debt,” said Bob Byrnes, of Blaine, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb. His monthly premium of $524 is already about 50 percent more than he was paying in 2015, and he has a higher deductible.

All over the nation people are getting hit like this.

Personally, my health insurance company wanted to nearly double the rate I was paying when Obamacare fully kicked in.  So I searched around and found another plan that was only about a 30 percent increase, but at least it wasn’t nearly double what I had been paying before.

But when the time came to renew that plan, they wanted to jump my premium up another 50 percent per month.

Those of us that are in the middle are being crushed by Obamacare.  We aren’t poor enough to qualify for government assistance, and we aren’t wealthy enough for these ridiculous health insurance premiums not to matter.

Just about everything that Barack Obama promised us about Obamacare has turned out to be a lie.

So where in the accountability?

This is one of the big reasons why nearly one out of every five U.S. adults lives with their parents or their grandparents these days.  Many young adults cannot afford the basics of life such as health insurance, and so they have got to find a way to cut back expenses somewhere.  If that means moving back in with Mom and Dad, that is what some of them are going to do.

I am astounded that our system of health care has become so messed up.  But this is just more evidence of how our society is falling apart in thousands of different ways, and I am not optimistic that things will be turned around any time soon.

Delivered by The Daily Sheeple

We encourage you to share and republish our reports, analyses, breaking news and videos (Click for details).


Contributed by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse.

Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream , The Truth and Economic Collapse Blog.

Wake The Flock Up! Please Share With Sheeple Far & Wide:
  • Using cannabis wisely can keep the doctor away for very long periods of time. I was on a 20 year streak of never being sick once before this year. Got sick twice this year so far, both times I was either off cannabis or had substandard cannabis. It works… starting another streak! I don’t even know a doctor except for my girlfriend’s MS neurologist and have never needed to learn how to use insurance. I did go to the dentist this year and had to get the nurse to coach me with how to use my insurance, lol, there’s a first time for everything.

  • BigGaySteve

    Obamacare was designed to take money from old Asians/Whites who paid into the system to give to illegals.

    • Wealth redistribution from the middle class to the poor, the elite are unphased.

  • Robert Blake

    At this point most everyone is simply better off without such fake “insurance”. The average American like “Bob Blaine” could be putting $524 a month in the bank for a future medical emergency instead of throwing it away on a product that provides zero value until he’s paid in his (average) $6000 annual deductible. That’s $12k a year before he sees even a single $1 worth of value, for what?
    If you actually get something like cancer, you’re screwed anyway. And with maximum lifetime payouts and co-pays often exceeding 20%, you’ll be bankrupt even with “insurance”, like ~60% of all current us bankruptcies are.
    http://thelawdictionary.org/article/how-many-americans-go-bankrupt-due-to-medical-purposes-each-year/

    • Get a high deductable insurance plan that qualifies you for a HSA. HSA is TAX FREE money! It’s the ONLY 100% tax-free shelter out there, that’s why they limit you to $3000 a year maximum contributions no matter how much you make. You can even take the money out for any reason you want to but if it’s not for medical they charge you a 10% penalty which is fine with me considering that money would have gotten taxed 33% traditionally from a w-2 earnings standpoint anyway so a 10% penalty still puts me 23% ahead!

  • Rebel w/out a Cause

    I didn’t even bother reading the article. Obamacare was doomed from the start, and TPTB knew it. It’s planned failure was intended to drive us to BEG for a single-payer system, which is exactly the solution Hillary will propose. Mission accomplished!

  • Tatiana Covington

    Break the law. Refuse any penalties. Your lives are your own.

    • Barbara Fisco

      You can’t “refuse” – they just automatically deduct it!