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Another ObamaCare consequence: Some insurance companies no longer writing policies to cover kids

Yet another instance in a growing line of examples where Pelosi’s “We have to pass it to see what’s in it” warning was warranted.  Details:

Some major health insurance companies will no longer issue certain types of policies for children, an unintended consequence of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law, state officials said Friday.

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said several big insurers in his state will stop issuing new policies that cover children individually. Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland said a couple of local insurers in her state are doing likewise.

In Florida, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, and Golden Rule — a subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare — notified the insurance commissioner that they will stop issuing individual policies for children, said Jack McDermott, a spokesman for McCarty.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida issues about 9,000 to 10,000 new policies a year that only cover children. Vice president Randy Kammer said the company’s experts calculated that guaranteeing coverage for children could raise premiums for other individual policy holders by as much as 20 percent.

“We believe that the majority of people who would buy this policy were going to use it immediately, probably for high cost claims,” said Kammer. “Guaranteed issue means you could technically buy it on the way to the hospital.”

Kammer said the company did not make the decision lightly. “We were looking at all our other individual policy holders who pay a lot for coverage, and we didn’t think it was fair to given them that kind of an increase to benefit a small population that receives a greater advantage than they do,” she said.

Turns out that when you make businesses incur signifantly higher costs, businesses always look for ways to avoid getting socked with said skyrocketing costs.  Huh.  Go figure.  Who knew, right?

Exit question: Why do Democrats hate children?

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July 26, 2010 - Posted by | big government, economic ignorance, health care, Pelosi, socialism

4 Comments »

  1. Don’t you love how anything bad that happens under The One is “unintended” by AP standards?

    Comment by The Conservative Manifesto | July 26, 2010

  2. Just because they escaped abortion doesn’t mean they can’t still get’em.

    Comment by Lee | July 26, 2010

  3. This was not unintentional, the Obama Administration knew this was going to happen. Now the children of America will have to be signed up for ObamaCare or their parents will face a fine. The Libs couldn’t get single payer by legislation, so they will get it by regulation.

    Comment by Steve | July 26, 2010

  4. I’m not surprised by the turn of events. I’m just disgusted by how these crooks in Washington do this crap with a smile on their smug faces.

    Comment by SojournerLove | July 30, 2010


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