On Thursday, the government’s official Obamacare Facebook page was riddled with people expressing sticker shock over the government’s high cost premiums after struggling for hours to wade through the technical failures vexing Obamacare exchanges all across the country.
“I am so disappointed,” wrote one woman. “These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!” The comment received 169 “likes.”
“There is NO WAY I can afford it,” said one commenter after using the Kaiser Subsidy Calculator. “Heck right now I couldn’t afford an extra 10$ [sic] a month…and oh apparently I make to [sic] much at 8.55/hour to get subsidies.”
Another person shared a link found on the federal government’s main Obamacare page listing premium estimates for small business employers:
The information is not very complete as I don’t see anything about deductible or other detailed info, but it does given an actual price as to the “Premium.” It is VERY SCARY!! For example, my insurance plan right now for my spouse and I costs $545 a month with 100% coverage after my $2500 deductible. We are both 32 years old. When I looked at this site for 80% coverage it says it will be $954.78 a month!!!! So compare my old Plan: 100% coverage for $545 a month To New Plan: 80% Coverage for $945 a month. This is only only an estimate but it is VERY Scary for me to see this kind of increase in rates and reduction in benefits!
A single mother of two said she is in school and working full-time while living “75% below the poverty level.” She said she was shocked to learn she did not qualify for a healthcare subsidy. “Are you F’ing kidding me????” she wrote on the government’s Obamacare Facebook page. “Where the HELL am I supposed to get $3,000 more a year to pay for this ‘bronze’ health insurance plan!?!??? And I DO NOT EVEN WANT INSURANCE to begin with!! This is frightening,” she wrote.
Amid scores of comments expressing frustration with technical failures, one woman said she is “just amazed you could even get to the point of seeing pricing” and that she had been trying to access the system for three days to no avail.
Obamacare sticker shock will not affect millions of low-income Americans; a New York Times analysis published on Wednesday found that Obamacare “will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help.”
Obamacare will cost taxpayers an estimated $2.6 trillion over the next 10 years.
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Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee cleared a bill that would grant journalists legal protection of their confidential sources (which sounds like a good thing in principle). Journalists and bloggers who report news to the public, under this bill, will be protected from being forced to testify about their work. But, it appears that the new legal protections will not extend to some. Upon further inspection, the bill doesn’t really seem to afford any actual protection, and instead it seeks to define which “real journalists” would be granted these protections. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein wants to make sure only narrowly defined “real journalists” get 1st Amendment protections.
The protection of the bill will not extend to controversial online websites like Wikileaks and similar, whose principal work involves disclosing ‘primary-source documents….without authorization’. Despite this, supporters of the bill have hailed it a breakthrough:
“We’re closer than we’ve ever been before to passing a strong and tough media shield bill, thanks to important bipartisan compromises, we’ve put together a strong bill that balances the need for national security with that of a free press.” – Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
However, not everybody is a fan, and the bill has raised harsh criticism. Matt Drudge publicly lashed out, labeling Sen. Feinstein as a fascist on twitter.
“Gov’t declaring who qualifies for freedom of press in digital age is ridiculous! It belongs to anyone for any reason. No amendment necessary.”
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