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Nearly 300,000 in state expected to lose current health coverage

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SEATTLE — Nearly 300,000 people in Washington are finding out they can’t keep their current health care coverage and need to sign up for a new plan, according to the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s Office.

That’s sparking outrage in some.

“I’m angry,” Linda Wilson, a small business owner in Seattle, said Wednesday.

A while ago, Wilson said, she received a letter from her insurance carrier notifying her that it was canceling her policy.

“I thought I would get a letter from them saying your rates have gone up,” said Wilson. “It didn’t even occur to me i would get the letter saying you’re canceled.”


Linda Wilson, a small business owner in Seattle, says her insurance carrier notified her that her health care policy was being canceled.

It certainly appears to go against what President Barack Obama said at the launch of the Affordable Care Act, that, “If you like your health care plan, your current insurance, you can keep your current insurance.”

Most cancellations are happening because the insurance companies aren’t meeting the minimum coverage required under Obamacare. The Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s Office says the new plans offer consumers better coverage than they used to have.

But Wilson loved her old plan, and she said that what she is finding now is the new stuff is going to cost at least twice as much.

“The sticker shock is going to be brutal, ” local insurance broker Matt Sanelli said.

There are federal subsidies available to people to offset costs, but with an income cap at $45,000 a year to qualify for subsidies for an individual, Sanelli is worried about his clients.

“People are working their tails off, to afford things for their family, and now all of a sudden they’ve got to decide whether to eat or pay for their health care,” he said.

Wilson said she believes her new health care costs will cut her income by nearly $15,000 a year. She’s still looking for an alternative, but said that unless she finds something more affordable, her plans to hire another employee are on hold.

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  • Voter

    Sounds like another misleading story from FOX. Well, I know a small business owner that applied for new coverage through the ACA and got a better deal than his previous insurance.

    • The World is Ending

      I will beleve your story just like I believe the story from the guy who says that big star (X whether it be in sports or tv or movie) was their best friend in high school and they didn't change and they are still best friends. The biggest fact is that for most of us rates are going up. But then most liberals just want someone else to pay rather than take real steps to make health care more affordable.

  • bluesideseattle

    Sounds like it's another realistic look at what's happening to a great number of people all across the country. Most of my friends have major increases or complete cancellations of their current policies. We have no idea what's going to happen with ours, and that is scary as we can barely afford what we currently pay.. Not sure how that is "misleading".

  • Joe

    So proves Obama is a liar, a soviet plant who penetrated the deepest corner of the White House.

    Who cares if this is a disaster, he lied he said you can keep your plan and your rates will go down, but they are going to be very expensive, but rats will circle the wagon, call it a great success and make excuses.

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