To The Daily Sun,
Why I Won't be voting for Hillary – Reason 2:
We were told:
— "If you want to keep your doctor, you can keep your doctor."
— "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan."
— "Insurance rates will go down $2,500 for a family of four."
— "It is not a government takeover."
Well . . . I could not keep my doctor or my health plan without a huge increase. Yes ... increase. My insurance rates went up, not down.
State officials have approved increases in Obamacare for 2017. Rates will rise from 16.7 percent in Michigan to 43 percent in Iowa with Oklahoma having an average of 76 percent in 2017. Yes, you read it correctly, 76 percent.
What about New Hampshire rates? The following increases have been proposed for 2017:
— Ambetter by Celtic, 1.35 percent.
— Anthem BCBS of New Hampshire, 13.9 percent.
— Harvard Pilgrim of New England, 11.1 percent.
— Minuteman Health, 45.2 percent.
These are average increases. As of mid-October, these increases have not been approved. Last year the state approved increases from 2.75 percent to 9.63 percent for Minuteman alone.
You would think that we the public would be notified of these increases before the election.
New Hampshire is lucky. We have five carriers. Aetna exchanges are leaving 11 states. One-third of the U.S. will not have a choice of a health exchange.
Let's talk penalties. Next year when you do your taxes, the penalties will be different if you did not sign up for health care this year.
The penalty is 2.5 percent of your total adjusted gross income — or $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, whichever is greater. So if you make $50,000 and did not have health care and you have a wife and two kids your tax is:
50000 x .025 = $1,250
(695x2) + (347.50x2) = $2,085
$2085 is greater so that is what you will pay.
You would think someone would tell you about this before the election.
How is Obamacare treating you?
Hillary will keep Obamacare.
I want my old doctor. I want my old health insurance plan. Obamacare is not better for me.
Reason 2 why I will not vote for Hillary.
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