Healthcare

The focus on health insurance premiums is the biggest mistake we make. In New Test for Obamacare, Iowa Seeks to Abandon Marketplace – NYTimes.com

Here is a good example. What are they thinking? The fact is with the plan such as described below the great majority of people would be self-funding all their annual health care expenses. Most people never meet their normal deductible in a year. 

Iowa calls its request a stopgap plan that would allow the state to opt out of the federal health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov, for 2018 and create a state-run system that its insurance commissioner says would lower premiums for the 72,000 Iowans who currently have Obamacare health plans, including 28,000 who earn too much to get subsidies to help with the cost.

But the cheaper premiums would come with a big trade-off: higher out-of-pocket costs. The only option for customers would be a plan with deductibles of $7,350 for a single person and $14,700 for a family. The proposal would also reallocate millions of federal dollars that the health law dedicates to lowering costs for people with modest incomes and use the money for premium assistance to those with higher incomes, no matter how much money they make.

Source: In New Test for Obamacare, Iowa Seeks to Abandon Marketplace – NYTimes.com

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