Tales From Oregon: 150K To Lose Their Plans, No Obamacare Signups As Of Yet

If you like your plan, well, tough guano

(KGW Portland) Officials said about 150,000 Oregonians enrolled in individual health care plans will see their plans canceled by the end of the year because they don’t provide the minimum level of coverage required under the new health care law.

State Insurance Division spokeswoman Cheryl Martinis said Wednesday that those facing cancellations could see a break in coverage if they don’t enroll in a new plan on the state’s problem-plagued online exchange by Dec. 15.

A month in, the state has not enrolled a single person. It has received 4,260 paper applications and its website still can’t tell people what subsidies they are eligible for.

The website is, shockingly, a mess. But, wait, it gets even better!

While Oregon has an estimated 600,000 uninsured, the situation is most dire for about 11,000 Oregonians who are part of the state’s high-risk insurance pool – a program for those rejected by private insurance carriers because of pre-existing conditions such as cancer, diabetes, or severe heart conditions.

Those in the high risk pool will see it dissolved. Super, isn’t it? Oregon tries to find a way to deal with high risk people, and now Obamacare tells them “nope, buh bye!” Now they have to attempt to join Cover Oregon, which, um, doesn’t work.

Ed Morrissey notes that 140,000 in Minnesota are also being dumped.

So, let’s see, so far we have

  • 300,000 from Florida Blue
  • 160,00 from California’s Kaiser Permanente
  • 119,00 from California’s Blue Shield
  • Some reports say over 700,000 in California will lose their plans
  • From Pennsylvania, Insurance Highmark in Pittsburgh and Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia plan to cancel 20 percent and 45 percent of their total plans
  • 800,000 New Jersey residents will see their plans go away
  • We know Colorado residents are losing their plans, since Michelle Malkin was a recipient of a cancellation notice.
  • We know folks in States like North Carolina are losing their plans, we just don’t know how many. Yet.

And let’s not forget that at some point companies will have to comply in the same way. How many of them will have to change their plans?

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2 Responses to “Tales From Oregon: 150K To Lose Their Plans, No Obamacare Signups As Of Yet”

  1. Covered_by_Gumballs says:

    Wonderful system of care and compassion you got there J. Are you really sure you want to give them more power and money?

    Where’s the freedom of choice? Where’s the acceptance of diversity? Nope.. accept gov’t care or else, eh?

    And, Teach, don’t forget, most of those who did sign up for Oregon care…. about 68,000 I think it was, signed up for Medicaid.

    NONE have as yet signed on as payers.

  2. Can’t wait till we find out that Medicaid is insolvent in a year or two.

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