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Affordable Care Act?? Affordable??

In Minnesota, right now there is only one insurance company selling private policies.

For the last 5-6 years my premiums have gone up a lot.

And this year may not be any different.

The state's plan is in trouble with Premiums going up 40-50% an more.

Many people could not afford it last year and this year it is way out of reach for even more.

My agent said he can't even guess what mine will cost this coming year.

We will all be waiting


Comment balloon 11 commentsWilliam Feela • October 16 2016 08:58PM


You hit the nail on the head, Bill. My premiums would have gone up from $303/month to some $960/month the first year of  the so-called Affordable Care Act (what any oxymoron!). And that was with a really high deductible, which I never met. That was the first year I was happy to be "old" and eligile for Medicare.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) almost 4 years ago

Good morning William.  Thankfully I'm on Medicare.  Just don't know how this one is going to play out however, I bet it gets some revision to be affordable.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 4 years ago

William Feela People will be better served when they come to understand that this Federal Government we have does not have their best interests in mind with nearly every piece of legislation passed.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) almost 4 years ago

Hi William.  The system is currently broken and no one is working on fixing it.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 4 years ago

I don't feel that it has been affordable either and I have known people that would rather go without insurance and pay the penalty because they can't afford the insurance, so for them, the act had the opposite effect that it was supposed to be having.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) almost 4 years ago

Just plain stupid.  The Republicans and many dems said it would not work.  And hillary wants to expand it...

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 almost 4 years ago

Unfortunately, The Affordable Care Act was the best Congress could do, with so many members being obstructionist in nature.  I suspect had they been able to reach across the aisle with one another, we would have received a much better program.  Sadly, the health industry itself has such a heavy influence on our elected officials that burdens the Act.  I am hopeful, at some point focus will be on getting costs down for care, pharmaceuticals, and other elements that are so outrageously expensive to the plan.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 4 years ago

I know several people who have ins through where they work and they pay from $450--$575 a month for themselves

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 4 years ago

I have thought a solution would be to put everyone on Medicare.  Then with the single payer system have the clout to ratchet down the cost of pharmaceuticals and provider care.  It is ludicrous that Americans pay three times as much for most medicines than Canadians and many other countries do.  Especially, in light of the fact that many of the pharmaceutical companies are "our" companies.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 4 years ago

I was at a meeting tonight and talking with two people about this act.

One who has been on minimum wage jobs most of his life who is so delighted to finally have the ability to access health care.

One who makes $50K per year, who thanks to the high insurance premiums now nets about teh equivilant of minimum wage.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) almost 4 years ago

"Since the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplaces first took effect in 2014, news story after story has focused on premium increases for certain plans, in certain cities, or for certain individuals. Based on preliminary reports, premiums now appear set to rise by a substantial amount in 2017.

What these individual data points miss, however, is that average premiums in the individual market actually dropped significantly upon implementation of the ACA, according to our new analysis, even while consumers got better coverage. In other words, people are getting more for less under the ACA."


Posted by Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore (Keller Williams Shore Properties) almost 4 years ago