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

If you eliminate the profit structure, how long will it be before we see illegals performing minor surgeries? Doctors income would be the next thing to go. Then R&D for pharmaceuticals.

Have you ever considered that maybe we should not have messed with it? Perfection is impossible.

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 03/21/2017 at 7:35 PM

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.

19 likes, 6 dislikes
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: “Kimchi Time

Food was good, not great, a little overpriced. My biggest complaint is that they tried to charge me an extra 50 cents on my bill, I asked them what this was for, and the waitress said it was a charge for the use of a credit or debit card. The problem was, i hadn't given them my card yet, i hadn't chosen my method of payment yet, but it was just on the bill. So, had I happened to pay cash, they would have still charged me that extra 50 cents. 50 cents is not much money, but i consider what they did an unscrupulous, shady and under-handed business practice; one that I will remember and as a result, will never go to this place again. The waitress also tried to charge me extra for the spicy vegetable side dishes, something that never happens at any of the other Korean restaurants I've ever been to.

Whoever owns the place must be incredibly stingy, petty and cheap, I would hate to be an employee there.

Posted by Peter Leopold on 03/21/2017 at 6:28 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.

11 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Jean on 03/21/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Crying Onion Café

Crying Onion Cafe has a new phone number 520-742-7278

Posted by #CryingOnionCafe 520.742.7278 on 03/21/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Cellphone Death Tag

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

5 likes, 1 dislike
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: “Retooled

What are the prices like? What about a real review of the food?

The TW has really dropped the ball on it's restaurant section. Do you guys get paid by the restaurants for this droll? Because this whole section comes off as an advertisement now, even the Star has moved away from that crappy concept.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/20/2017 at 12:28 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: “Retooled

The food in the photograph looks damned good!! I will definitely be trying this place. As far as "new or different" goes I don't recall that claim being made in the article. So, while I enjoy my food others can complain all they want about things that don't matter.

Cheers!!! The Hamburglar

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Posted by Hamburglar on 03/19/2017 at 1:57 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

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