Thousands if not millions of people will be forced through Obamacare to get bronze plans they can't afford to pay the premiums and deductibles, let alone even be able to use them at all:
The Detroit Free Press reports that in Southeast Michigan, deductibles in most of the 14 bronze plans listed at HealthCare.gov come with deductibles topping $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 to $12,000 for a family. The Free Press quotes former police officer Alfred Goode, who his losing his retiree insurance in the Detroit bankruptcy and is being forced onto Obamacare. “I’m not a poor man, but I can’t afford this,” he said. “That’s like another house note and a car note.”
In the inferior bronze plans, private insurers are only required to cover 60 percent of medical costs, and to limit out-of-pocket costs to $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for families. The policies must carry 10 “essential services,” including preventive care and prescription drug coverage. It is clear that the insurance companies intend to pass on the costs of these required medical services to the consumer, pushing out-of-pocket costs to the limit of the law in order to maximize their profits. They will undoubtedly raise premiums if their profit goals are not achieved.
Call this another failure from a "Democratic" administration.
Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission throws out yet another complaint filed by the Rogue Valley's resident ambulance chaser against school districts:
Petersen filed the civil suit in U.S. District Court in Medford in December 2012 on behalf of two unidentified girls who allege that Heller repeatedly restrained and molested them during class and recess time in 2011. Petersen also filed the complaint with the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission against Scott and Heller on behalf of his clients. The complaint against Scott was dismissed last week.
The TSPC received the complaint about Heller on Feb. 28, performed its investigation and on Nov. 8 reviewed the findings. It is dismissing the allegations included in the complaint because it was "unable to find sufficient cause to charge the educator with misconduct pursuant to Oregon statutes, according to a letter from Victoria Chamberlain, TPSC executive director.