The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Health Insurance Cancellations:
Policyholders Screwed

Nov 25, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of people across the country are angry after receiving notices from their health insurance companies that say their policies will soon be canceled. And they’re angry for good reason: Not only are they going to have to pay more for new policies, but Obama claimed months ago that this simply wouldn’t happen under his health care reforms.

Of course, these people were screwed to begin with. All the stripped-down insurance policies now scheduled to be cancelled have always been a rip-off for the people who bought them. Even after paying thousands of dollars for one of these policies, every year they have had to pay thousands of dollars out of their own pockets for health care before their insurance paid for anything, or they have had big co-pays, or BOTH!

And now they’ll be screwed again–because Obama’s supposed changes still leave it up to each insurance company whether to offer to renew the same old crappy policies–or insist that those with canceled policies buy NEW ones that are even more expensive.

If Obama truly wanted to get people better coverage, he would force companies to replace these policies with polices that meet or exceed the minimum stands set by the ACA. And no one would be forced to pay more for their new policy than they are now paying for their existing one!

But that’s clearly not what this program is designed to do!