"We're trying to make it socially acceptable to skip the exchange," said Dean Clancy, vice president for public policy at FreedomWorks, which boasts 6 million supporters. The group is designing a symbolic "Obamacare card" that college students can burn during campus protests.Good luck with that.
Maryland insurance officials approved final rates Friday for health plans to be sold in the online marketplace for individuals beginning Oct. 1. The rates offered by nine carriers are among the lowest of the 12 states that have proposed or approved rates for comparison and among the lowest in the D.C. area, according to an analysis by Maryland officials who will be operating the state’s marketplace.Maryland is coming in pretty low—but so far, for every state that's released rates, they're truly affordable, made even more so when the subsidy is applied. So let's say you're a 25-year-old non-smoker in Maryland. You can be "cool" and refuse to be insured, or you can pay what's going to be well less than $93 a month (because that rate is the premium quote before the federal tax subsidy is applied) to protect yourself. Yeah, tough choice.
The Maryland Insurance Administration approved premiums at levels as much as 33 percent below what had been requested. For a 21-year-old non-smoker, for example, options start as low as $93 a month.