For consumers whose health premiums will go up under new law, sticker shock leads to anger

Posted by on Nov 04, 2013 at 8:22 am
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Americans who face higher ­insurance costs under President Obama’s health-care law are angrily complaining about “sticker shock,” threatening to become a new political force opposing the law even as the White House struggles to convince other consumers that they will benefit from it.

The growing backlash involves people whose plans are being discontinued because the policies don’t meet the law’s more-stringent standards. They’re finding that many alternative policies come with higher premiums and deductibles.

After receiving a letter from her insurer that her plan was being discontinued, Deborah Persico, a 58-year-old lawyer in the District, found a comparable plan on the city’s new health insurance exchange. But her monthly premium, now $297, would be $165 higher, and her maximum out-of-pocket costs would double.

That means she could end up paying at least $5,000 more a year than she does now. “That’s just not fair,” said Persico, who represents indigent criminal defendants. “This is ridiculous.”

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2 Responses to “For consumers whose health premiums will go up under new law, sticker shock leads to anger”

  1. Brendan on 4/04/13 at 9:53 pm

    “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

    Yoda

  2. Blacque Jacques Shellacque on 5/05/13 at 11:43 pm

    For consumers whose health premiums will go up under new law, sticker shock leads to anger

    Every single one of these people should be asked one question: Who did you vote for in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections?