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She's slowly turning into a wolf in sheep's clothing. Unfortunately Maine probably has a large population of people taking advantage of cheap health insurance while the rest of us pay increased costs. It seems ole Angus may be rubbing off on her. He needs to go.
 

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I'm frankly quite shocked that only 189 people have looked at this post and only 1 has commented, yet when we have a post that discusses an increase of $10 in the registration fees we have many thousands read and hundreds comment. Let me ask you all this question: What has increased more in the past 3 years, your Health Insurance Premium or your Snowmobile Registration? Spend a little more time paying attention to who you elect to represent your (and your country's) interest instead of burying your head in the sand and complaining about a $10 increase in your snowmobile registration.

I'm sorry - but it had to be said.

I'm not happy in NH either with who we've elected to represent us either but at least they didn't scuttle the repeal of Obamacare.
 

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I'm frankly quite shocked that only 189 people have looked at this post and only 1 has commented, yet when we have a post that discusses an increase of $10 in the registration fees we have many thousands read and hundreds comment. Let me ask you all this question: What has increased more in the past 3 years, your Health Insurance Premium or your Snowmobile Registration? Spend a little more time paying attention to who you elect to represent your (and your country's) interest instead of burying your head in the sand and complaining about a $10 increase in your snowmobile registration.

I'm sorry - but it had to be said.

I'm not happy in NH either with who we've elected to represent us either but at least they didn't scuttle the repeal of Obamacare.
maybe not every one agrees with you.
 

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Appendix A. Individual Market Premiums, 2013 vs 2017, by state
Average
Monthly
Premium
(MLR data)
Average Monthly
Premium
(CMS MIDAS)
Dollar
Increase Percent Increase
2013 2017 2013 vs 2017 2013 vs 2017
National (39 Healthcare.gov states) $232 $476 $244 105%
Alabama $178 $575 $397 223%
Alaska $344 $1,041 $697 203%
Arizona $211 $611 $400 190%
Arkansas $184 $420 $236 128%
Delaware $274 $569 $295 108%
Florida $240 $442 $202 84%
Georgia $209 $431 $222 106%
Hawaii $268 $477 $209 78%
Illinois $248 $517 $269 108%
Indiana $242 $420 $178 74%
Iowa $251 $526 $275 110%
Kansas $231 $476 $245 106%
Kentucky $232 $406 $174 75%
Louisiana $248 $552 $304 123%
Maine $335 $518 $183 55%
Michigan $212 $402 $190 90%
Mississippi $211 $455 $244 116%
Missouri $197 $483 $286 145%
Montana $249 $581 $332 133%
Nebraska $235 $595 $360 153%
Nevada $204 $379 $175 86%
New Hampshire $302 $399 $97 32%
New Jersey $428 $479 $51 12%
New Mexico $186 $366 $180 97%
North Carolina $240 $662 $422 176%
North Dakota $278 $399 $121 44%
Ohio $222 $413 $191 86%
Oklahoma $206 $620 $414 201%
Oregon $220 $462 $242 110%
Pennsylvania $242 $533 $291 120%
South Carolina $233 $512 $279 120%
South Dakota $242 $541 $299 124%
Tennessee $213 $587 $374 176%
Texas $222 $404 $182 82%
Utah $159 $319 $160 101%
Virginia $229 $405 $176 77%
West Virginia $261 $702 $441 169%
Wisconsin $266 $514 $248 93%
Wyoming $297 $614 $317 107%
 

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Sorry I cannot make the image appear properly but if you look at Maine, we've gone from $335 in 2013 to $518 in 2017 for a $183 or 55% increase. Projections for 2018 are in the 20% increase range. New Hampshire went from $302 in 2013 to $399 in 2017 at a $97 or 32% increase (not quite as bad as Maine). MN is not on this report so I can't say what their increase are (neither is Mass. probably because they've had mandatory Health Care for a couple of years before Obamacare came into play.

These are just the PREMIUMS and do not reflect the fact that DEDUCTIBLES have quad-tripled under Obamacare. Which means not only do you have to pay the insurance premium out of pocket but you are paying (at least in my case) $5000 before you hit the deductible for your family!!! There are NO CO-PAYS ... I pay the full boat up to $5000 before the insurance kicks in. Insanity.
 

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Sorry I cannot make the image appear properly but if you look at Maine, we've gone from $335 in 2013 to $518 in 2017 for a $183 or 55% increase. Projections for 2018 are in the 20% increase range. New Hampshire went from $302 in 2013 to $399 in 2017 at a $97 or 32% increase (not quite as bad as Maine). MN is not on this report so I can't say what their increase are (neither is Mass. probably because they've had mandatory Health Care for a couple of years before Obamacare came into play.

These are just the PREMIUMS and do not reflect the fact that DEDUCTIBLES have quad-tripled under Obamacare. Which means not only do you have to pay the insurance premium out of pocket but you are paying (at least in my case) $5000 before you hit the deductible for your family!!! There are NO CO-PAYS ... I pay the full boat up to $5000 before the insurance kicks in. Insanity.
I live in Delaware and am self employed. I receive zero tax deductions so I would have to pay the full premium if I elected to purchase insurance. The absoulte cheapest plan offered to me and my family is $815 per month with a $13,000 deductible. So at $22,780 per year before insurance pays a dime it doesn't make to much financial sense in my eyes to pay for it at this time. I had good somewhat affordable health insurance before "The affordable health care plan" was jammed down my throat. Thanks Obama!

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Nick - I hear you. So, what is happening is that for people like yourself (who previously could afford reasonable insurance) is that you are probably opting out of the system and paying the penalty - which is just another way for the G'vnt to TAX you for a program you derive no benefit from - and your paying out-of-pocket for routine doctor visits and taking the chance nothing major goes wrong (because it makes NO SENSE to pay almost $23K into something you most likely won't use 10% of that in a given year). However, the person who couldn't be insured before (poor / lazy / or couldn't work) is now paying that minimum and then using 100x what they paid into the Obamacare system while you not only supplemented their payments but are stuck with the worry about 'what *if* something goes terribly wrong with me or someone in my family?'

There were 3 Senators who killed the repeal/replace and one was Maine's Susan Collins so that is why I wrote in here for people in Maine to vote her out or at least make it known that the next time this comes up for vote - she better vote YES for repeal/replace.
 

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I couldn't agree more, however and correct me if I'm worng, but I thought your Senator didn't vote yes because the bill proposed by Congress didn't repeal ENOUGH of Obumacare so she voted against it???

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I couldn't agree more, however and correct me if I'm worng, but I thought your Senator didn't vote yes because the bill proposed by Congress didn't repeal ENOUGH of Obumacare so she voted against it???

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Yup, i think it was the opposition to defund planned parenthood and the estimated loss of 22 million that would loose health insurance.
 
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