#1 Two Other GIGANTIC "Screw You" Parts Of Obamacare by algernonpj 28.10.2013 09:51


Two Other GIGANTIC "Screw You" Parts Of Obamacare
2013-10-27 20:28
by Karl Denninger

Two additional things that I haven't seen discussed often (if at all) or which are given only flippant service -- but which could easily bankrupt you.

Actuarial Value. This is a complicated way of saying "what percentage of total health care expense" is the policy expected to cover? For a bronze plan (the least-expensive, but still expensive policy) the answer is 60%.

You may have heard the "actuarial value" but you probably didn't understand what it meant. Let's put some numbers on this. Assuming you will pay $300 a month for your "bronze" plan under Obamacare, or $3,600 a year.

The policy can of course, at most, pay $3,600 per year, per person who has it on average or the company will go out of business because it will lose money. Eventually all firms that lose money continually go bankrupt. Therefore, on average it must pay out less than this much per person, assuming zero overhead (which is of course impossible.)

This means that on average you are expected to fork up about another $2,400 in cash for your medical care on top of the $3,600 in premiums, or $6,000 annually.

Don't have $6,000 in disposable income?

Tough crap.
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I am getting multiple reports that many of these Obamacare policies have zero out-of-network coverage and this is not clearly disclosed up front until you sign up for the policy itself. Indeed, I've seen exactly no clean disclosure on this point before you create an account if you're "just shopping."

Now add to this that previously insurance was sold on a state-wide basis. Under Obamacare it is sold on a county-by-county basis.

Why is this a big deal?

Because if there is no out-of-network coverage at all what happens when you are traveling out of your immediate home area and either get sick or have an accident of some sort (other than in a car, where your auto insurance likely provides injury coverage)?

You're screwed -- you will pay 100% with no limits as your insurance is worthless if there is no out-of-network coverage!
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#2 RE: Two Other GIGANTIC "Screw You" Parts Of Obamacare by Sanguine 28.10.2013 11:18

Well titled.

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