Alexander: Obamacare “Delivering An Unwelcome Christmas Present To Tennesseans”

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Senator Lamar Alexander on Tuesday said that at least 82,000 Tennesseans are on track to lose their individual health insurance Jan. 1, which he said was "one of the many ways that the 'historic mistake' of Obamacare is reducing choices and driving up insurance costs over the holiday season.

“At least 82,000 Tennesseans will begin to lose their individual health insurance policies starting Jan. 1 because their plans have been outlawed under Obamacare,” Senator Alexander said. “Between putting many health insurance plans on the naughty list, and increasing health insurance costs for many families, Obamacare’s mandates are delivering an unwelcome Christmas present to Tennesseans.”

He said there are "several ways that Obamacare has led to fewer choices and higher costs for Tennesseans. The Obama administration recently acknowledged this by announcing that it would allow Americans unable to replace their canceled health care plans to instead purchase “catastrophic” coverage."

He said, “Republicans have suggested that to provide health coverage for more Americans, everyone should have the opportunity to buy affordable catastrophic insurance as part of a private-sector plan to create more competition, offer more choices, and lower costs. This is a completely different approach and would have been a better path than Obamacare. It was suggested by Republicans – and ridiculed by the president – at the 2010 White House healthcare summit.

"The 82,000 Tennesseans who will begin to lose their individual health insurance plans starting Jan. 1– despite the president’s promise that “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it” – include:

·         66,000 Tennesseans who will lose their BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee coverage because many plans do not meet Obamacare mandates.

·         16,000 Tennesseans who are losing their plans through CoverTN, a state-run health insurance program with plans that have been outlawed under Obamacare.

"Many Tennesseans are also experiencing 'rate shock,' as their plans become more expensive or they are forced to find new individual health insurance policies in the private market or on Obamacare exchanges.

"For example:

·         In 2013 in Nashville, a 27-year old woman can choose from 30 insurance plans that cost less than the administration says insurance plans on the exchanges will cost, even with the new tax subsidy.

·         Also in 2013 in Nashville, a 27-year-old woman can buy a plan for as low as $58 a month.  On the exchange, the lowest-priced plan in Nashville is $114 a month—a 97 percent increase.  Even with a tax subsidy if she made $25,000 a year, that plan would cost her $104 a month.

·         In 2013 in Memphis, a 27-year-old man in Memphis can buy a private insurance plan for as low as $41 a month.  On the exchange, the lowest state average is $119 a month—a 190 percent increase. Even with a tax subsidy if he made $25,000 a year, that plan would cost him $109 a month."


PHOTOS: Chattanooga Ironman 2016

The Chattanooga Ironman got underway early Sunday as 2,500 athletes hit the Tennessee River, then emerged at Ross's Landing to begin the bicycle portion and, finally, the 26-mile marathon   (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ACAVAL, ANTONIO MOLINA  1511 WILLOW STREET #1 CHATTANOOGA, 37404  Age at Arrest: 41 years old Arresting Agency: Tenn Highway Patrol DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE RESISTING ARREST OR OBSTRUCTION OF LEGAL PROCESS --- ANDRES, RUBEN  1712 E 27TH STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: ... (click for more)

Patrol Cars Donation To Kevin Muhammad's Nation Of Islam Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Re: City Police donating two patrol cars to Kevin Muhammad's Nation of Islam: While I know it's unpopular to mention the wisdom of separation of church and state, this sets a dangerous precedent and should meet with concern from everyone who values religious and secular freedom. What's next? Southern Baptists getting old city parking scooters to patrol church parking lots ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanks A Lot For Nothing

Somebody should have gotten an award last Tuesday when a 90-minute “education summit” involving our school leaders, politicians and media produced absolutely nothing. Zilch. Zero. Oh, there are a number of candidates we could give an award for “nothing,” both in our school district and on its fringes. Yet to find Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen brought her high-and-mighty ... (click for more)

No. 3 Chattanooga Rolls Past Samford, 41-21

CHATTANOOGA---The 3rd-ranked Chattanooga Mocs utilized a balanced attack in a 41-21 win over Southern Conference rival Samford Saturday afternoon. Balanced is the operative term as both sides of the ball contributed to the victory.   "Great win," coach Russ Huesman said. "We beat a good football team that has great skill kids that are hard to tackle. It was great to ... (click for more)

Vols' Astonishing Rally Wrecks Florida, 38-28, Before 102,455 Stunned Fans

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Quack. Quack. Quack. As it turns out, Teez Tabor, Florida’s trash-talking defensive back, a duck can pull a truck, sir. Tennessee’s 14 th -ranked Volunteers sent shock waves throughout the college football world Saturday, rallying from a 21-point deficit against No. 19 Florida to stun the Gators, 38-28, before a sellout crowd of 102,455 at Neyland Stadium. ... (click for more)