This seems to be worth mentioning several times between now and the end of the year, as news like the following (video at link) continues to pour in:
Report: Health Care Premiums to Increase Up to 125% in Wisconsin Due to Obamacare
“Half a million Wisconsinites will soon have to open up their pocket books for health care coverage,” says a local anchor. “And new estimates show, it may be costly. … The state’s office of the commissioner of insurance released estimates of how premium rates for individuals will be changing under the Affordable Care Act.”
The second anchor adds, “Yeah, for people who have no insurance or who may not have insurance those numbers show a wide range of increases- from 10-percent on the low end to as much as 125-percent. And with the requirement for individuals to have insurance set to start in less than a month, the law remains controversial.”
As I noted in my PJ Media column on August 24 (BizzyBlog mirror here), individuals and families can avoid Obamacare between now and the end of the year by buying a policy through a private carrier. This can be done as long as the effective date of the policy is sometime between now and December 15 (that may vary by carrier and state).
If you buy a private non-exchange policy before the end of the year and pay your monthly premiums, you can avoid Obamacare until the policy’s anniversary date. After that, unless the law changes or Kathleen Sebelius decides to arbitrarily delay all of this for electoral advantage, you’ll be at Obamacare’s tender mercies along with everyone else.
If you don’t have pre-existing conditions, it’s a virtual certainty that your monthly premium will be lower, and in many cases far lower, than the best deal for the same coverage through an Obamacare exchange.
Don’t expect the press to tell you any of this. They’re too busy creating the impression that Obamacare’s open enrollment will be the only market that exists starting on October 1.