Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Good and the Bad of Obamacare

See my comments on CNBC today using this link.

In this interview, I mentioned the information a broker in Naples Florida sent me regarding some of their customers buying Obamacare compliant individual health insurance.

Here are the broker's 2017 examples:

Family of four, mom and dad age 40, two kids. Lowest Bronze annual premium $13,176. Deductible $7,150 single, $14,300 family. Income $130,000. Not eligible for subsidies. Exempt from the individual mandate because their premium exceeds 8.16% of their modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). The broker points out that their premium plus one deductible totals $20,236––16% of MAGI––the point at which they can begin to collect on claims (there may be some nominal first dollar benefits such as a wellness benefit).

Single woman age 45. Lowest Bronze premium $4,968. Deductible of $7,150. Income of $50,000. Not eligible for a subsidy. Exempt from the individual mandate because her premium exceeds 8.16% of her MAGI. Broker points out that her customer's premium plus the deductible totals $12,118––24% of the customer's MAGI––the point at which she can begin to collect on claims.

Couple ages 64 and 61. Lowest Bronze premium $20,004. Deductible of $7,150 single and $14,300 family. Income of $150,000. Not eligible for subsidies. Exempt from the individual mandate because premium exceeds 8.16% of MAGI. The broker points out that the total of their annual premium and one deductible is $27,154––18% of their MAGI––the point at which they can begin to collect on claims.

Premiums obviously vary by market. Rather than taking my word for it, I suggest you go to HealthCare.gov and check out a few markets. You do not need to log in to browse the plan offerings. You need only insert a zip code and age and family status, as well as to enter a big income like $100,000 to be assured of getting the unsubsidized price no matter their status. The unsubsidized price is the price that half of the people buying Obamacare compliant plans are paying.

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