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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Obamacare Losers

Politico reports:
Meet the new Soccer Mom: Obamacare losers.
Millions of married, older, white, college-educated, GOP-leaning Americans have quickly seen their political profile rise after their health insurance companies sent them cancellation letters with the launch of the giant new health care law.
It’s not a huge segment of the population — estimates show between 10 million to 19 million people bought health insurance from what Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius dubbed the “Wild West” individual marketplace.
But the ones who are making the most anti-Obamacare noise are part of this group (think of the self-employed, small business owners, freelance writers, musicians and taxi cab drivers) that share one politically pertinent common denominator. Their complaints — amplified in recent weeks by Republicans and reporters — demonstrate one of the first tangible stumbles of the Affordable Care Act.
“It’s not theoretical anymore,” said Virginia-based health industry consultant Robert Laszewski. “You can spin in the White House press room, but these are people who will be sitting down with their friends and families at Thanksgiving sharing stories about their cancellation letters. That’s going to be the only thing that counts.”

There are three reasons why the horror stories are a big problem for Democrats.
Total 63.6
Under $10,000 46.9
$10,000 to $14,999 45.8
$15,000 to $19,999 50.4
$20,000 to $29,999 55.8
$30,000 to $39,999 58.4
$40,000 to $49,999 63.0
$50,000 to $74,999 68.0
$75,000 to $99,999 73.8
$100,000 to $149,999 76.9
$150,000 and over 80.2
Income not reported 50.4