Average ‘ObamaCare’ rate hike for metro ATL? It’s 4.7 percent

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In every year of ObamaCare’s existence, we’ve been treated to breathless claims that next year, it would send insurance rates through the roof. Next year, next year, next year, just you wait ’til next year, the prophets of doom would tell us. Last week, I even had a gentleman on Twitter tell me that he has suffered triple-digit rate increases for each of the last three years, which if true would mean that he is paying at least eight times as much for coverage as he was three years ago.

That is not true.

Here’s what is true. On Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its annual rate data for the 2016 enrollment period, which opens Nov. 1. Among its findings:

  • “The average rate increase for a benchmark plan across 30 of the largest markets, representing 60 percent of Marketplace enrollees, is 6.3 percent.”
  • “Across all markets in the 37 states (served by the federal system), the cost of the benchmark plan will increase an average of 7.5 percent.”

Here in Georgia, the cost of the second-lowest-cost “silver plan,” the plan used as the benchmark by the IRS in figuring subsidies, will increase by an average of 6.1 percent. In the metro Atlanta market, the cost of the benchmark plan will increase by 4.7 percent.  Those increases are not insignificant, but they are considerably smaller than many of the increases that we saw prior to 2009 and that helped drive passage of ObamaCare in the first place. As of 2015, more than 540,000 Georgians are using the federal marketplace to buy their health insurance, and at least eight out of 10 benefit from subsidies to help bring their payments in line with their income.

Nonetheless, Republicans in Congress claim to still be hell-bent on repealing the program or at least doing it so much damage that it can no longer operate. They do so despite warnings from the GOP-run Congressional Budget Office that repeal would increase the deficit by $353 billion over the next decade and would immediately strip 19 million Americans of health insurance.

And we still have several hundred thousand Georgians — more than half of them in working families  — who are still being denied coverage because our elected representatives under the Gold Dome have refused to expand Medicaid. Those elected “leaders” simply can’t be seen cooperating with the hated President Obama in any way, even if their stubborn refusal means the loss of $3 billion in federal aid this year alone, the loss of tens of thousands of jobs that aid would help create, the closure of financially struggling rural hospitals, and the unnecessary illnesses and deaths of Georgia citizens who are forced to go without coverage.

None of that apparently matters much to them.

And please, spare me the claims that we can’t afford to pay our share of that coverage. With a median household income of $49,555, Georgia is considerably more prosperous than fellow “red states” such as Arkansas ($44,922), Kentucky ($42,786) and West Virginia ($39,522), all of which have committed to find the money to pay their state share. This is a choice that we are making, a choice to deny basic health coverage to hundreds of thousands of our fellow Georgians just to make a political point.

My mother used to have a phrase for behavior like that. “You’d cut off your nose to spite your face,” she’d say, and for the longest time I didn’t know what she meant by it.

I do now.

 

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Cherry Train
Cherry Train

I hate to burst your bubble, in buying my own health insurance the deductibles have doubled and so has my premium and this year the premium is going to go up 15-19%. so we can all believe whatever someone tells us or what is really happening . I am sure obamacare is great for whoever is getting money from the government to cover their expenses has done nothing for me except reduce my income . 

JK1951
JK1951

Readers need to google "2016 Obama care increase". No one seems to agree with you. Humana says premiums in Georgia are going up 14.8 to 19.44% in Georgia...says Forbes and Humana. I don't see calling it any where near 4.7% but you. I know you got to make a buck but how about sticking to the truth?


Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Perhaps legislators and leaders of Arkansas, Kentucky, and West Virginia spend less in pay-offs (tax write-offs and other deals) to their wealthy friends, and thus there is money to help the poor.

STHornet1990
STHornet1990

I say we shut down and sell Sonny's private fishpond and use those funds to help adding poor to the Medicare rolls.

Of course, it's not worth much so that might not help.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Ruh, roh...

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/268686/general-beauregard-nita-closes-doors-hiding/

Bar that served the ‘N*****ita’ closes its doors, quits social media

 As we reported Tuesday, Confederate-themed fun times bar General Beauregard’s in Athens, Georgia, is experiencing serious blowback from the community as well as the internet after it came to light that they were serving a watermelon-flavored shooter called the “N*****ita.” Now it seems they’ve closed their doors and gone into hiding, at least temporarily.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

Rawstory's Headline and first paragraph.  (not the headline and first paragraph of Flagpole)


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Georgia ‘Confederate themed’ bar serves ‘Ni**erita’ shot with tequila and watermelon liqueur

 A bar in the home town of the University of Georgia is generating controversy by featuring a racist drink — a shooter called a “Ni**erita,” which features tequila and watermelon-flavored liqueur.

________________________________________________________________________


In the next paragraph, RS cites Flagpole as it's source.  Nowhere in the article does the Rawstory article report the bar owner's denial that such a drink was served.

Like I said, solid journalism there, sweetie.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@_GodlessHeathen_ Reading must not be your thing there sweetie.  Direct from Rawstory:


The bars’ owners issued a statement on Tuesday morning insisting that they would never do such a thing:

“We had absolutely no knowledge of, and would never condone, this image that is claimed to be our drink menu. However, to be absolutely clear, we do not provide our customers with a drink menu with the exception of limited specials offered on chalk boards displayed openly by the front door and behind the bar. The circled drink included in the picture is not something we have ever served to customers or advertised and would never be approved by ownership. We are investigating the origin of this photograph and will take appropriate action to resolve this matter as needed.

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/georgia-confederate-themed-bar-serves-nierita-shot-with-tequila-and-watermelon-liqueur/

Kamchak
Kamchak

@KUTGF 

It's a simple enough thing for the owner to confirm or deny the existence of an employee named Jake Gower. 

So far, nothing from the owner.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

I don't think that was in the original link.  NTL.  The Headline and first paragraph report it as fact the the shot is served there.

KUTGF
KUTGF

I wonder if Balloon Boy will be found in the blimp?  Or perhaps the missing emails?  LOL

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Overall vs individual. Each case is unique and oftentimes unaffordable. 

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

Rawstory source: Screen captures obtained by Flagpole from someone's Facebook page of comments made by someone that claimed to be a bartender at Beauregard's.

That's some solid journalism, right there.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@_GodlessHeathen_ If you ask a bartender for a drink, they'll likely make it for you. They don't always know what drinks are called. And some drinks have multiple versions, so if they are unsure, they'll ask what is in it. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@_GodlessHeathen_ maybe it's just free advertising for the bar. you know what they say, any advertising is good advertising and this prank, if it is a prank, seems like one their customers would potentially appreciate it.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@_GodlessHeathen_ i don't know, you're the one over there reading it. what's raw story saying today . . . their stories typically depress the heck out of me

Kamchak
Kamchak

@_GodlessHeathen_ 

Kammie put the Rawstory linkee up down below with the comment "Bartender Confirmed"

It's a simple thing for the owner to confirm if he has/had a bartender named Jake Gower since the name is out there.

So far it's crickets from the owner on that point.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@_GodlessHeathen_ Sweetie, the point is that many news aggregators collect news from many different sources.  Sometimes those stories turn out to be inaccurate.  In this case, I believe the facts are still incomplete and there are conflicting stories.  Rawstory noted Flagpole's source and also the statement of the bar owners.  But if you want to blame Rawstory, I am sure they are just devastated. 


that makes them much more credible than Hannity or Trump. 



gotalife
gotalife

rush and savage surrendered and said they lost the fight.


Of course they got paid millions to play the game.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Six Americans Have Been Shot by Their Dogs

The always enjoyable Christopher Ingraham over at Washington Post's Wonk Blog noticed something pretty crazy: At least six Americans over the past five years have been "shot" by their dog. While generally rare, these accidents are relatively frequent compared to other countries - namely due to Americans love of guns, hunting and, well, dogs.

The only thing that can stop a bad dog with a gun is a good dog with a gun.

KUTGF
KUTGF

Alright, who let go of the balloon? 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@gotalife I think it is a start of our invasion of Canada.  Jade Helm 20. 

gotalife
gotalife

@KUTGF This is uncharted territory and never happened before. I doubt they want a civilian checking out their "radar system" on that blimp.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

They should've tied it around their wrist.

gotalife
gotalife

rush actually told the truth yesterday.

News is scripted with pols acting along in political theater.


It is all well planned out and there is a lot of fraud.


This is American politics, it is what it is.


The idea of government stopping this fraud and just telling the truth using facts is a pipe dream and not going to happen.

gotalife
gotalife

@LogicalDude @gotalife No, I read the headline on drudge then read the transcript. It was very bizarre for rush to tell the truth. Lots of money in this media game.

@gotalife  Look at the goat man, full of a wealth of information that means nothing except his own small mind.


Keep up the work goat man, everyone is pulling for your full recovery.

Kamchak
Kamchak

OH NOES !

NOT THE AD HOMINEM ATTACK CARD!

I'm MELTING... melting...melting....

gotalife
gotalife

Our cons are not capable of typing the truth .

gotalife
gotalife

How do you cleanse yourself of your big cave on budget brinkmanship? You begin impeachment proceedings against the IRS director.

Yup.

ryan caved too.

Should be passed today.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@gotalife the ryan cave is my fav. but freedom caucus will vote for him anyway. they should have just kept boehner instead of tarnishing their boy wonder.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

A scripted kabuki dance to assuage the low infos.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

I'm liking the Ryan cave too.

Hey Tea Party you can't win the position of speaker but I'm sure y'all will get the whitehouse.