Obamacare Estimates Divide Alaskan Representatives

Posted: September 26, 2013 at 5:58 am

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services yesterday released cost estimates for the Health Insurance Marketplace premiums for 2014, and the figures are dividing Alaska’s congressional delegates.


Democratic Senator Mark Begich…


Sen. Begich(D-AK): “Good news, for example, if you’re 27 years old in Alaska making $25,000, your healthcare program would cost you $48 a month. If you’re a family of four, making $50,000 or less, in that one which is even more impressive, $50,000 and under, family of four, your healthcare program which would include: patient service, outpatient  hospital service, hospitalization, maternity leave – which I couldn’t even get because it was too expensive, mental health services, prescription drugs, pediatric services, preventive care, for nothing. Zero.”


But Congressman Don Young said the figures showed it would cost over $1,000 a month for a family of four who don’t qualify for government subsidies.  He said that “according to a Medicare actuary, the ACA will increase health spending by approximately $620 billion above what Americans would otherwise be spending,” hitting Alaskans with some of the highest premiums in the country.


U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski added…


Sen. Murkowski: “A state employee will be hit with a Cadillac tax costing between $2,328 and $5,894 those are state employees. I was down in Homer in August and what the Mayor wanted to talk about was not about their projects with the harbor he wanted to talk about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on their municipal employees”. 


To find what the ACA will cost you, view the online estimates here.

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4 Comments to “Obamacare Estimates Divide Alaskan Representatives”

  • Pete Dup says:

    Murkowski needs to remember that there will be another election coming up! If she wants to stay in office she’d better do the right thing!!!

  • Pete Dup says:

    Begich needs to remember the same thing or I will do everything in my power to see he doesn’t get re-elected!!!

  • Pete Dup says:

    Letter from a friend of mine;

    *HERE WE GO: So I had a friend share a friends post on Facebook last night. All I could do was shake my head and say yep! Here we go!! People are unfortunately now going to find out just who they voted for!!!

    So I got a letter from Bluecross Blueshield, my health insurance provider, on Saturday. It explained that my current plan, the plan I chose to fit my individual needs, does not comply with Obamacare and thus had to be cancelled. It went on to say that I shouldn’t worry because I had been automatically moved to new plan that does meet the new Obamacare requirements. The details of my new plan are …just excellent. My deductible went from $1500 up to $2500, that’s 66%. My limit on annual out of pocket expenses went up from $1500 to $6350, up 323%. I’m now covered for a bunch of things I don’t want or need, like mental illness inpatient and substance abuse inpatient treatment coverage. Now a rational person might assume that when something I chose to buy, and wanted to keep was taken from me, it would at least cost less to pay for the thing that was forced onto me. Well that’s the best part! My monthly premium went up from $139.50 to $229.19, an increase of 65%! I get to pay MORE for something I don’t even want… Remember when our fearless leader said if we like our current plan we can keep it? I know I’m not the only person experiencing this. Please share your story, people have to understand what’s happening here. And please support Ted Cruz and his allies in the senate. He’s one of the few people trying to save us from this monstrosity.

  • Steve Wright says:

    10/1/13 Don’t Know Who or What to Believe ? Think I will sign up for those Navigator to the Affordable Care Act classes at the Hospital. Perhaps they will provide some direct ANSWERS ? Remains to be seen ? SPW