I purchase health insurance, as an individual, from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. Today I received a letter from Horizon informing me that due to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, my current insurance plan cannot be renewed on my anniversary date in 2014. Obviously, President Obama "misspoke" when he promised me that if I liked my health care plan I would be able to keep it.
Ideally, I would like the ACA repealed: there are too many surprises and it fails to achieve its objectives. However, if the ACA is not repealed, I urge you to do three things.
First, modify the ACA so that anyone who wants to can purchase a catastrophic health insurance plan; this will help make health insurance truly affordable. Given that health insurance costs vary by State but ACA subsidies do not, this would be very helpful to those of us in the extremely expensive State of New Jersey.
Second, modify the ACA to permit me and everyone else to keep the insurance plan we have. If the ACA plans turn out to be superior and worth the price, people will migrate to them on their own, without being forced to do so.
Third, if you're going to leave the ACA in place, please pass legislation prohibiting the Executive branch from issuing waivers, delaying the employer mandate, giving Congress a special deal, and so on. If the law is a good idea for some it is a good idea for all.
I would really, really like a law that says the exchanges must include an offer of catastrophic health insurance, preferably with a choice of deductibles, ideally with the ability to choose a policy with a deductible of $1000, $2000, $3000, and so on. I’d pick one with a deductible of at least $10,000. This would let those of us who want to buy actual health insurance rather than ”a spectacularly inefficient prepayment plan” do so. And it should be much cheaper than policies which cover routine expenses I could easily pay for myself.