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Health insurance rates in Georgia are rising by up to 198 percent under Obamacare, the Georgia Insurance Commissioner said in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday.
States are required by the Affordable Care Act to report new insurance premium rates for state exchanges run by the federal government by the end of July.
Commissioner Ralph Hudgens in his letter asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend Georgia’s deadline for reporting the insurance rates by one month to give his office more time to investigate and approve the new, higher rates.
“Georgia consumers cannot afford these massive rate increases,” Hudgens wrote to Sebelius.
The Georgia insurance department compared the cost of insurance within the exchanges to what people pay now for similar coverage, and the rates were going up for every age group, said Jay Florence, an insurance department official under Hudgens.
For an average 25 year-old male, premiums are set to rise 85 to 198 percent within the exchanges, while for a 45 year-old male, premiums will rise 40 to 100 percent, Florence said. A 64 year-old male will pay 18 to 48 percent more under Obamacare’s regime.
“The delay is simply trying to give the administration an opportunity to explain that and maybe explain what our actuaries weren’t able to determine, which is that these rates are excessive,” he said.
Hudgens requested that Sebelius respond by end of business today. As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, HHS had not responded, according to another official in the commissioner’s office. HHS did not return a request from the Washington Free Beacon for comment.
Healthcare experts pointed to several reasons that the premiums for individual plans on the exchanges are rising.
One is the “age rating,” which requires that insurance companies charge no more than three times what they charge younger people. Without this restriction, insurance companies would likely charge five times as much, which means that the restriction will lower prices for the elderly but raise them for younger people.
“That in and of itself would have a direct, almost mechanical impact on rates,” said Ed Haislmaier, a health care expert at the Heritage Foundation.
Obamacare also increases the minimum amount insurance companies must pay for procedures, driving up premiums, Haislmaier said. He compared this rule to mandating that everyone upgrade their plane ticket to first class and requiring everyone to pay for the extra space.
There are some states, such as New York, that will see price reductions, noted James Capretta, a health policy expert at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. But these are the one that have “already pretty much destroyed the individual market” through prior healthcare reforms, he said, and other states with intact markets will see price increases.
“I have no reason to question their numbers,” Capretta said. “It’s going to be a big problem.”
Georgia is not the first state to make such an announcement. Indiana has already announced that insurance rates are rising 72 percent for an individual plan and 8 percent for a group plan.
A petition webpage was set up to recall Marco Rubio today.
Via Free Republic:
Target: Marco Rubio
Sponsored by: William May
Recall Senator Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio in his own words previously while serving in the state legislature; during his campaign for office and his recent rhetoric on TV, Talk Radio, commercials, emails and surveys sent to his constituents stating that the border must be secured first then path to citizenship. The senator now has changed his promise to suit what he decides is in his best interest and not honor his own commitment to his campaign, voters and supporters thereby disenfranchising them.
Had the Senator expressed his true beliefs on illegal immigration over his term in the state legislature and during his campaign it is doubtful that he would have acquired the nomination to run as the republican candidate for Senator from Florida and most assuredly the election results would be in doubt for his favor.
Due to his own words and actions Senator Marco Rubio has nullified the votes cast for him by disenfranchising voters with glib and false rhetoric corrupting the good faith and will of the voters whose recourse now is to recall the Senator and force him to reveal the factual representation of himself and allow the voters to now judge him based on his true beliefs, values not on false and misleading campaign rhetroic statements.
Rubio, the most visible advocate of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform plan, is now viewed favorably by only 58% of Republican voters nationwide – down 15 points since February.
As America faced the rising tide of Obama’s socialist-leaning policies, T.E.A Party organizations across America helped Republicans by supporting the election of Conservatives to the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in 2010. Against this backdrop, Marco Rubio (R-ino) was elected to represent the state of Florida in Washington, D.C. as its newest Senator.
As a candidate, Rubio ran as a man who held the same convictions as those of the T.E.A. Party, including the conviction that America’s illegal immigration problem needed fixed.
“First of all, earned path to citizenship is basically code for amnesty.” (Florida Senate debates)
“If you grant amnesty, the message that you’re sending is that if you come in this country and stay here long enough, we will let you stay. And no one will ever come through the legal process if you do that.” (Rubio statement on how Reagan erred in supporting 1986 amnesty for illegal immigrants)
“[Gov. Crist] would have voted for the McCain plan. I think that plan is wrong, and the reason I think it’s wrong is that if you grant amnesty, as the governor proposes that we do, whether it’s back of the line or so forth, you will destroy any chance we will ever have of having a legal immigration system that works here in America.” (FOX News debate with Gov. Crist)
“First and foremost we have to secure the border, we have to secure the workplace. We can’t move on to the modernization of our legal immigration system until both the border and the workplace are secure, through both E-Verify and real security at both the Canadian and the Mexican borders. We’ve got to accomplish that first before we can do any modernization, which is needed.” (Miami Herald)
Sadly, Marco Rubio has fallen under the influence of one of Washington’s inside-the-beltway gangs, the Immigration Gang of Eight. Following the lead of Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham – both members of the Gutless On Principles (G.O.P) Hall of Shame – Senator Rubio has allowed his principles to be compromised.
(Speaking in Spanish on Univision) “Let’s be clear. Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then comes the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence. What we’re talking about here is the system of permanent residence. As for the legalization, the enormous majority of my colleagues have accepted that it has to happen and that it has to begin at the same time we begin the measures for [the border]. It is not conditional. The legalization is not conditional.” (“Al Punto” program on Univision)
On June 13, Senator Rubio and the rest of the Gang of 8 voted to table an amendment that would have prohibited legalization until the Homeland Security Secretary has maintained effective control of the borders for 6 months.
On June 18, Senator Rubio and the rest of the Gang voted against an amendment that would have required completion of the fence, as well as an amendment that would have required implementation of U.S. VISIT (a biometric border check-in and check-out system first required by Congress in 1996), before legalization.
* Thanks Erick Erickson for much of the information above.
Fixing the illegal immigration problem in America requires a commitment to the rule of law, which means that those who violate those laws – such as being in the country illegally – should not be granted the same rights of citizenship mentioned in the Constitution. In faMarco Rubio sad facect, it can be argued that granting citizenship to illegals is actually unconstitutional.
As a self-proclaimed Conservative, Marco Rubio ran for office on the promise to find a solution to the illegal immigration problem that wouldn’t give citizenship to those who didn’t follow the law. And he said he wouldn’t be a part of anything that didn’t secure the border first. Did he lie, or is he playing politics with the issue in the hope that he will improve his chances of running for President in 2016?
Regardless of his motives, he no longer appears to be committed to these principles. In other words, he’s gutless.
Please join me as we enshrine our newest inductee in to the Gutless On Principle Hall of Shame… Senator Marco Rubio.
Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that he may mount a primary challenge to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in their state’s 2016 U.S. Senate primary.
West told station WMAL that he could run for Senate “if I see people that are not taking our country down the right path, if I see people that are not standing up for the right type of principles, and putting their own party politics before what is best for the United States of America.”
Asked directly in he would rule out challenging Rubio, West responded, “Chirping… chirping… chirping.”
“We’ll see what happens down the pike,” he added. “God will set my feet on the right path.”
The one-term congressman, who narrowly lost re-election last year, acknowledged he would face an uphill battle.
“That’s a pretty heavy lift, because you’re talking about running against a sitting senator, and then, of course, that creates that schism that the other side would love to see happen,” said West.
But the former congressman said he had a “lot of concerns” over the comprehensive immigration reform proposal crafted by a bipartisan group – including Rubio – in the Senate.
“This whole ‘comprehensive’ thing – I think the bill now is up to 1,075 pages – Once again, the American people don’t trust that,” West said.
I may be just a blogger, but it would seem I am still a few dozen IQ points sharper than the Republican party is, especially the GOP members of the Gang of Eight
Just what we need, electoral advice from a Democrat
(Politico) Sen. Robert Menendez says Republicans need to accept a pathway to citizenship in immigration reform, or they’ll never take back the White House.
Discussing the debate over border security measures in the bill, the New Jersey Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee decried efforts to create unreachable triggers on legalization.
“What I cannot support, and what I believe the community cannot support at the end of the day is that we’re going to have triggers that can never be achieved in terms of border security as an impediment to the pathway to legalization and citizenship,” Menendez said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I would tell my Republican colleagues, both in the House and the Senate, that the road to the White House comes through a road with a pathway to legalization. Without it, there will never be a road to the White House for the Republican Party,” Menendez said.
There we have the VERY BEST reason for every Republican NOT to support amnesty. The Democrats want us to, and here is a hint Senator Rubio, it is NOT because Bob Menendez or any other Democrat longs to see a Republican in the White House. Let me be clear, if the Democrats are giving us advice, we should do the exact opposite. When a Democrat says turn here, don’t do it. When a Democrats says support amnesty, we ought to say Hell no we won’t! The Democrats want us to fail. they want us NEVER to elect another Republican to any office. Why is this so flipping hard for the GOP to grasp?