October 26, 2017

You’ve heard of a shotgun wedding? An Iowa couple is having a hypodermic shot wedding.

Thanks to Obamacare, next year, many Iowans will be looking at having only one insurer left in their exchanges and premium increases of up to 50%. So one farmer who was planning to get married next year has pushed the wedding date up so that his fiancée can become his wife and they can lock in a 2017 couple’s rate before it’s too late.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds called the system “unaffordable, unsustainable and unworkable.” And one Iowa woman facing the end of her current plan and much higher rates next year said, “I cannot believe our politicians and government have put us in this situation.”

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And yet, in Washington, Republicans still can’t get their act together to repeal Obamacare while Democrats continue to claim it’s working great and just needs a few tweaks to perfect it, which is the equivalent of spending a billion bucks on spare parts and mechanics to keep your 1986 Yugo running. Maybe some of the more liberal Democrats in DC would finally agree to get rid of it if they knew it was encouraging traditional marriages in Iowa.


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  • Tyler J. Mayes

    10/29/2017 08:58 PM

    Hey Mike,

    I fully understand that things aren't working the best they could be, but is it because we bought the 1986 Yugo planning to make a rally car out of it, but instead it's being borrowed by our spiteful brother who purposely drives over curbs, puts sugar in the gas tank, and side swipes bank poles.

    I would like to know if you've considered the possibility that revisions and threats against the ACA have helped drive premiums.

  • Chris Herrin

    10/26/2017 09:25 PM

    I'm one of the Iowan casualties of Obamacare. In 2015, when I went off Cobra, my premium for just me was around 400 a month but my regular tests/ exams were paid at 100% and deductible didn't have to be met for preventative care. It was do-able as I had no medical issues. In 2016, my premium went up to $475 and they no longer paid for my preventative tests/exams. Then I found out that in 2017, my premium for just me was going up to $600 a month with a $7500 deductible that had to be met before it paid ANYTHING, including RX. Needless to say, I couldn't do that and dropped my insurance. Thank God I'm a veteran (Women's Army Corps) and was able to enroll in VA insurance or I'd be without any insurance now.

  • David Jones

    10/26/2017 07:14 PM

    Mike, I'd like to hear actual dollar amounts that people are paying (or being quoted) for "private" health insurance, AKA Obamacare. I think there are maybe millions of people who are priced out of this market. I'm thinking especially of small business owners (sole proprietors,) "early" retirees (pre-Medicare age,) and people between jobs.

  • Lynn Durham

    10/26/2017 10:58 AM

    The same is true for Kentucky. My husband has had three different polices in the last three years because Anthem Blue Cross keeps eliminating policies. Now for 2018 Anthem will no longer offer any policies in our county and most of the rest of the state. He was just diagnosed with melanoma so we are trying to hurry and have further surgery before January. Plus the current policy is so lousy he can only be treated in the state. Before Obamacare he was covered by the high-risk pool. It was a better policy all around, cheaper and a lower deductible. Now we pay almost twice as much and he alone has a $4000 deductible. Since the President ordered no more subsidies we have no idea how much the premiums will be for a new policy.

  • Sam Lazar

    10/26/2017 10:51 AM

    I just went off COBRA in August...bought insurance right lapse in coverage...but was told that come January 1, 2018 Wellmark would no longer be offering insurance on "the market"....I was told that anyone who purchased insurance under the ACA (Obama Care) since 2010 would no longer be covered unless they were part of a "group" such as at work. So it's not only me...but 10's of thousands of people here in Iowa. Aenta and Wellmark are pulling out and will leave us with only one insurer. What are we suppose to do?? This is not what we were told when ACA was put into effect. Luckily I only have about 1 1/2 years before I will go on medicare.