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Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

David, to completely ignore the deductible side of the cost metric is really inappropriate. Just because people have health insurance does not mean they have health care. There is a difference.

Until we have a non-profit health care system we will continue to spend twice as much for half the care. It does not matter who's plan is in place. The issue is for-profit health care, not the ACA, not TrumpCare. Eliminate the profit structure, that is the only solution.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/21/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

We pay $1200 a month for a $5k deductible and $13k out-of-pocket max. It is more than our mortgage. We are both self-employed and we have a child. Because there is ONE ACA plan open to us here in Pima County, and it is AWFUL with no doctors in the network I would want to see who will take it, we also pay an extra $110 a month for a direct-care physician service. Not a single one of our doctors, which we had been with for almost two decades and our daughter since she was born eleven years ago, would take the ACA Health Net plan offered in Pima County. Not a one. I had no interest in going to some random person this year only to switch again next year. So we made the decision to build a relationship with the direct care practice ON TOP of paying for regular health insurance that we don't use for general services. We do not qualify for subsidies. Last year we paid $650 a month for much better coverage, and our doctors were in the network.

Our ACA plan is basically there in the event of a major catastrophic event, such as cancer or a hospital stay; otherwise, our direct care practice is what we use. I recommend it fully, same-day service, weekend visits, great communication, well worth the cost. My prescriptions through them are actually *cheaper* than through our insurance plan. Check out Skyline Direct Care.

We are supposedly the American dream, starting a small business that employs the two of us, but the costs of being self-supporting and not working for a large company are breaking us.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Your Average Jane Citizen on 03/21/2017 at 6:46 PM

Re: “ICE to Start Releasing Children, Women from Immigration Detention

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Posted by LISA88 on 03/21/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

That's why I support repealing and replacing the ACA. You can't help some by severely harming others. I think they did it on purpose. Can they be that ignorant?

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Posted by Dave Nelson on 03/21/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

My premiums would be $9000 per year with a $4000-$5000 deductible. No subsidies at my estimated income. You have to guess what your income might be by Jan 15 at the latest, and it doesn't matter how little you've earned in the past. The only insurance company that qualifies for ACA in Arizona (for those over 30--because they can indeed refuse people for the pre-existing condition of age) is a tiny little company with almost no doctors in its program, apparently none in Pima County, based on the fact that the website quits as soon as I enter my zip. At that rate, I'd be shelling out $9000 and paying all medical costs myself anyhow. Who can afford that? I'd have to cash in some IRAs just to pay the premiums. As the navigator said, "You obviously have assets." Furthermore, insurance is supposed to be a long term thing, but in the ACA, you have to pick a new insurance company (and new doctors) every year. The ACA might work well in other states, but it doesn't work at all in Arizona, which is why the anti-ACA folks are using Arizona as an example.
What I really don't get is the fact that the major carriers in Arizona don't qualify for ACA. This must mean that companies using those carriers don't have to pay the penalty, and neither do their employees. But because I am self-employed, if I get my insurance through a carrier that costs less and has much better coverage where I live, I have to pay thousands of dollars in penalties for not going through the ACA! That's totally screwed up.

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Posted by azrocker on 03/21/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

We have a $10,000 deductible and our premium is over $1400 per month. We don't qualify for any subsidy. Before this fraud started our premium was $520, and our deductible was $500. This is breaking us.

In the last year I have had to spend almost $7,000 on expenses that are still below my deductible. So if I do the math,on premiums we spent $1400 x 12 months, which is $16,800 plus the $7,000 which was not covered, for a total of $23,800 on minor medical expenses and premiums.

This alone explains the working class voters that left the Democratic Party. I want the same healthcare plan that Congressman Grijalva gets for free.

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Posted by Patricia D on 03/21/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Sheriff Mark Napier Says His Deputies Won't Be Taking Over the Work of Border Patrol

When (undocumented) victims of crime report crimes, do they not provide personal information, address, and residency status? If these people are undocumented, does it mean they are here illegally? And if illegal, is that what the Sheriff is claiming to ignore, or cherry-pick what laws he will enforce?

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Posted by Ciro Verdi on 03/21/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

The author fails to see the whole picture because of the blinders, politically speaking that he wears. he fails to factor in the lost income that could have grown our economy. But then the architects of the ACA were asked to solve a major three pronged problem with a single action. So they opted to focus on insuring the masses, and yet avoid discussing the real costs and the new economic hardships created by such a short sided solution.

It will forever be the Obama legacy. All talk and bad actions.

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Posted by This Ain't Affordable on 03/21/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

I'm paying $1045.89/month in Maricopa county for a plan with a $7000 deductible. I am pro-ACA, but very angry about having to pay such a high price for catastrophic policy. It feels like extortion to pay for other peoples' coverage. I'll probably stop paying any month now, and be uninsured for the first time in my life.

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Posted by Jean on 03/21/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Cellphone Death Tag

As well as those who do not know the difference between you're and your.

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Posted by Aztlán Mari on 03/20/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “In the Flesh: Kinky Boots at Centennial Hall Delivers Sweet Heart

The Sunday night show was fantastic. Kinky Boots has been a fav of mine since the movie so was great to get a chance to see the touring company.

Posted by Ambrosia Pine Sullivan on 03/20/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Cellphone Death Tag

You're report confirms what we already suspected. Scum bags are here in Tucson. There seems to be a diversity of race, culture, and creed. I hope this is POC.. If not, then deal with it..

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Posted by Arron Grottolo on 03/20/2017 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Is Arizona Wasting Taxpayer Money When Drug Testing Welfare Recipients?

@Ldonyo Got any evidence for that or are you talking out of your ass?

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Posted by Carlsen Chris on 03/20/2017 at 3:20 AM

Re: “In the Flesh: Kinky Boots at Centennial Hall Delivers Sweet Heart

Great review but it wasn't directed by Stephen Oremus.... it was Jerry Mitchell??

Posted by Andy Sunnucks on 03/19/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “"Kiss Me, I'm the Descendant of Irish Immigrants!"

That was sweet! Well put.

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Posted by Debbi L on 03/18/2017 at 2:34 PM

Re: “"Kiss Me, I'm the Descendant of Irish Immigrants!"

" [The Irish] were nobodys ideal of the desirable immigrant. The typical Irish Catholic arrival in New York or Boston was a peasant with little formal education and few material resources. Worse, these people were religious aliens the papist hordes who threatened to swamp Protestant civilization and, in their ignorance and superstition, destroy enlightened democratic American values."

Yes, and God forbid they should be allowed or enabled, through the use of public funds, to educate their children in Catholic schools, where the horrors of "Popery" would be passed on to another generation. Like the children of Native Americans, they needed to be educated in state-sponsored, government controlled schools that could wash the dirt of their parents' religion and culture (a.k.a. "ignorance and superstition") off of them and transform them into "true Americans," i.e. promoters of the secularized form of WASP values transmitted in public schools that pretend to be value-neutral, but that actually convey subtle and not-so-subtle disrespect for religious traditions the Constitution of this country guarantees its citizens the right to exercise.

But anti-voucher, anti-tax-credit policy advocacy is not a form of anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant prejudice, is it, David?

Perhaps you could explain again why not. In preparing your enlightened policy explanation on this topic, consider interviewing a few descendants of Irish immigrants to get their opinions on the pros and cons of various mechanisms for funding Catholic school systems in the U.S. Then again, interviewing them might not interest you: what they believe and value doesn't matter, except when it can be used to support your pre-fab repertoire of Democratic party policy talking points. And grass roots, ground level research or "critical thinking" of any sort doesn't need to play any role in the trotting out and exercising of those tired orthodoxies.

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Posted by Cultural Imperialism, Continued. on 03/18/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “"Kiss Me, I'm the Descendant of Irish Immigrants!"

I'm afraid the pencil-necked geek doesn't anything else.

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Posted by CW13 on 03/17/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “"Kiss Me, I'm the Descendant of Irish Immigrants!"

"Is there a minute in the day when Safier is not full of hate?"

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Posted by The What, Again pot calling the Safier kettle black. on 03/17/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Sheriff Mark Napier Says His Deputies Won't Be Taking Over the Work of Border Patrol

"The human toll associated with immigration is real and a factor for our department. Every year, we recover approximately 150 bodies in the desert areas of Pima County. "

Have you worked with the open border liberals and explained to them that they are the facilitators of these deaths by encouraging them to come here? Have you looked at your policies and accepted that not enforcing the laws is contributing to these deaths?

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Posted by What, Again on 03/17/2017 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Sheriff Mark Napier Says His Deputies Won't Be Taking Over the Work of Border Patrol

" ...and welcome additional federal resources,..."

Say goodbye to those.

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Posted by What, Again on 03/17/2017 at 4:45 PM

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