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  • westernwake1 Nov 9, 4:15 p.m.

    'westernwake1 Where did you hear that? The last I heard the requirement under the qualified plans were still being determined....' - NCMom1

    From a neighbor who is an insurance lawyer. He supports Obamacare but states that many current insurance plans may not meet the requirements to be "qualified". And yes, you are correct the requirements are still being determined - but the initial proposals show that our state employee plan will not likely meet the proposed standards without updating. Many state employees will probably view this as a good thing; their coverage has been getting worse year after year.

  • davidk_at_unc Nov 9, 3:59 p.m.

    "They can start deducting the penalty from my SS check. I'll not be purchasing any." -- wayneboyd

    Change happens. Change is inevitable. Individuals can deal with change in one of two ways. They can either take responsibility for themselves, step up to the plate and manage the change to the best of their benefit, or they can lie down, kick their feet, pout and scream and let the change manage them. You sir have chosen the role of victim. You are letting the change manage you. Congratulations!

  • Realy People? Nov 9, 3:59 p.m.

    Let's see...large companies are cutting their full time employees hours to part-time hours so they do not have to provide insurance. The small businesses who have under 50 employess are not going to hire that 50th. employee so they will not have to provide insurance. Way to boost the economy Mr. Obama!!!

  • hardycitrus Nov 9, 3:04 p.m.

    >>"They can start deducting the penalty from my SS check. I'll not be purchasing any." wayneboyd

    Yeah, um, that would have probably been under Romney after he would have privatized Medicare.

  • michaelstrickland Nov 9, 2:58 p.m.

    You can bet your new updated Obamacare health plan will come with an updated price tag. Except those that can't afford it. No worries. Obama's got ya. Just the middle class getting screwed again. Sorry. Still figuring out what my "fair share" is with this socialist thing. Got to remember to lower my standards.

  • heelsrule Nov 9, 2:55 p.m.

    Aren't those the are on SS also on medicare?

    You can collect Social Security at 62, Medicare doesn't start until 65.

  • storchheim Nov 9, 2:54 p.m.

    They can't take it out of my SS check since I'm too young for SSI and too honest to go on SSDI, but I won't be buying it either.

    You know the penalty for disobedience is $695 (currently) by 2016, right?

  • NCMom1 Nov 9, 2:50 p.m.

    "One other interesting point is that the state's 70% plan that they provide for employees is not likely to meet the requirements to be a "qualified plan" under Obamacare and will need to be updated to improve coverage & benefits.westernwake1

    westernwake1
    Where did you hear that? The last I heard the requirement under the qualified plans were still being determined....

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Nov 9, 2:47 p.m.

    I'm not sure I see the point of setting up an exchange. Just standaridize the language and how the details are laid out and we can shop around just fine.

  • IBnormal Nov 9, 2:45 p.m.

    Oh well, I am sure my company will dump our health coverage and force us onto the exchange. Or, have to pay for higher health care cost and of course the "Cadillac Tax" added to that. Thank you Obama Care.

  • unc70 Nov 9, 2:38 p.m.

    Wayne,

    If you are on Social Security, you will not be affected because you are already on Medicare. Nothing much changes for you, no penalty either.

  • lazydawg58 Nov 9, 2:29 p.m.

    Wayne- I didn't think this would apply to anyone receiving a SS check. Aren't those the are on SS also on medicare? If so you don't participate in the exchange. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think this applies to those under 65 that are not disabled or poor. It applies to those that don't have health insurance through their employer.

  • westernwake1 Nov 9, 2:18 p.m.

    One other interesting point is that the state's 70% plan that they provide for employees is not likely to meet the requirements to be a "qualified plan" under Obamacare and will need to be updated to improve coverage & benefits.

  • hp277 Nov 9, 2:17 p.m.

    "They can start deducting the penalty from my SS check. I'll not be purchasing any."
    wayneboyd

    It's for residents under 65. If you are 65 or over, you already have Medicare. You know, that government-run insurance program.

    Duh.

  • westernwake1 Nov 9, 2:15 p.m.

    "I'm very disappointed that our NC legislators did not follow through on this task earlier. And I'm also disappointed that Perdue and the Dem. legislators weren't publicly calling them out on it." - B74

    Huh, can you point me to the vote that rejected implementing exchanges in North Carolina. In fact the legislature passed the budget proposal that included funds for investigating healthcare options under Obamacare.

    As outlined in this article, the implementation of healthcare exchanges is an executive office function that is driven by the governor and insurance commissioner.

    Every state in the union ("quite wisely") has waited until the Supreme Court ruled in June and to see if Obama was re-elected before moving forward with exchanges.

  • michaelstrickland Nov 9, 2:10 p.m.

    As usual, the government wasting time and our money for something that no one needs. Begining in 2014 insurance companies cannot decline anyone for coverage because of their health. So, just pick up the phone and call an agent or go online to any health insurance company and get a quote/apply like everyone else has been doing for years. We don't have to reinvent the wheel here people. We are all required to carry basic liability limits on our car insurance and I don't see anyone needing a goverment funded one stop website to shop for that.

  • wayneboyd Nov 9, 2:02 p.m.

    They can start deducting the penalty from my SS check. I'll not be purchasing any.

  • 426X1E-6 Nov 9, 1:54 p.m.

    The beginning of the end.

  • B74 Nov 9, 1:53 p.m.

    I'm very disappointed that our NC legislators did not follow through on this task earlier. And I'm also disappointed that Perdue and the Dem. legislators weren't publicly calling them out on it.

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