Thanks to Obamacare, their rates for health insurance are projected to drop by 50%
“We’re seeing in New York what we’ve seen in other states like California and Oregon — that competition and transparency in the marketplaces are leading to affordable and new choices for families,” said Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Somebody's confused, at least when it comes to Oregon - and I don't think it's me. In fact, there's kind of a surreal aspect to the entire premise:
An individual with annual income of $17,000 will pay about $55 a month for a silver plan, state regulators said. A person with a $20,000 income will pay about $85 a month for a silver plan, while someone earning $25,000 will pay about $145 a month for a silver plan.
This raises the interesting question as to just how many earn those kinds of annual incomes over there (clicka-da-linka for a graphic). And if you survive on only $25,000 a year, are you really going to pay $1740 out of that for health insurance? Pardon my skepticism; even assuming a subsidy comes out of your wallet to help them buy, it's not likely high on their hit parade.
There's a mental image of Obama care that keeps coming to mind, a sugeon in the O.R., to the attending nurse:
"Hey, can you get that bleeder?"
"Now...let's go after that wallet...."