OBAMACARE BROKEN PROMISE ALERT: Tens of Thousands in New Jersey and Colorado to Suffer Consequences of Health Law’s #BrokenPromises

August 20, 2013

As we fast approach the health care law’s October 1, 2013, implementation, thousands of unsuspecting residents in New Jersey and Colorado have become the latest health care consumers to face the law’s costly consequences.

Despite President Obama’s promise that “if you like your current health care plan, you will be able to keep it,” The Star-Ledger in New Jersey reports that more than 100,000 individuals in the Garden State will lose their existing health plan next year because of the health law’s mandates. The newspaper reports, “The bare-bones health insurance policy that’s been the plan of choice for New Jerseyans who can’t afford something better is set to go away next year, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. And what those policy holders will be left with may be a choice among pricey, pricier and priciest.”

Meanwhile The Hill reports, “Young people in Colorado will pay more to buy a bare-bones insurance plan under Obamacare, according to the state’s rate information…A 27-year-old, non-smoker would pay $135 per month next year for the state’s cheapest catastrophic plan – the skimpiest level of coverage available through the health care law’s new insurance exchanges. That’s about 140 percent more than the cheapest policy on the market today.”

You can rest assured that neither of these stories will be featured entries in the Department of Health and Human Services’ new video contest. The Huffington Post reports, “The administration will partner with Young Invincibles, a non-profit youth issues organization, to run the contest, with the goal of reaching those younger Americans who are skeptical of the need for health coverage.”  Sadly, the cash prizes, “$3,000 each to the creators of the three most popular and persuasive videos, while second and third place winners will get $2,500 each,” will barely make a dent in the premium rate shock set to hit young Americans.

As each day goes by and we get closer to full implementation, more and more Americans across the country are realizing the harsh and expensive reality of Obamacare’s broken promises.

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