Ho-ho-hope and change: Health insurance premiums skyrocket just in time for Christmas

That lump of coal in your stocking? Baracka Claus built that.

As Twitchy reported in October, health insurance premiums climbed at a faster rate under Obama than they did during the last four years of George W. Bush’s presidency. Significantly lower Flexible Spending Account caps kick in next month, and thanks to Obamacare, many people are seeing huge premium increases hit their mailboxes just in time for Christmas.

Out: Holiday cheer. In: Holiday jeers thanks to Obama and his Affordable Care Act elves.

Well, maybe things will be better a year from now when most major Obamacare rules kick in?

Merry Christmas.

  • http://twitter.com/Popparollo67 Mike Kent

    I was officially notified my premiums will increase 50%

  • PoliticsOfFear

    Reality just pimp slapped a lot of people on ObamaCare.

    • Bad things coming

      Why should they care? The a holes that thought this is the great solve for the masses don’t pay for it anyway.

  • spot_the_dog

    Oh come on, you picky people.

    It’s not like anyone ever suggested that Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” would make health care more… erm… /affordable/.

    • Guest

      “Free” healthcare is going to turn out to be very expensive, who knew ?!

  • Rick Stones

    Premiums increased $75 per month. FSA account restricted to $2500. I guess the old saying is true: “You get what you *vote* for.” Isn’t that what the old saying says? If not we should make a new saying.

    • RblDiver

      “You get what the idiots vote for, then get any benefits taken away while being lectured, you big meanie!”

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Don’t blame me, I didn’t vote for more years.

  • Steve_J

    Too bad health insurance can’t be bought across state lines.

    • catb55

      Agree .. I moved from one state to another and BCBS more than doubled my premium for less coverage .. because of change in state .. all considered separate companies.

  • Bad things coming

    Ah, this has been going on for the last 3 years already – of course the politicians don’t care as they are exempt. This is just for us little peons that can’t make our own decisions ’cause we are too dumb. Since the left thinks that “after birth” abortions are just fine and dandy, I say we should start rounding up all the idiots that voted for this POS president and start aborting them.

  • Joe W.

    You can fool some of the people all of the time…you can fool all of the people some of the time…and you can fool all of the liberals all of the time…Thanks for giving us Obama you nitwits. Y’all will be squeelin’ like gigged pigs in a few short months. I’ll just be hangin’ out with my chickens, ducks & geese, enjoying the seclusion of my little 3.5 acres of West Texas…free from liberals, muzzies and ghetto gangsters. Sippin’ sweet tea, watching my piggy grow ready for the freezer laughin’ my tired old ass off. I have fond memories of a great America. Y’all have troublesome days on the horizon in a country that none of us will recognize. And y’all have only yourselves to blame….

    • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

      Need some company? I can bring my arsenal of weaponry and we can hunt, fish, and share ‘I hate Obama’ stories.

      • Joe W.

        As long as you are a Christian, hate Obama, and do not like the “progressive” direction that is crushing our country, then sure…come on down…My little town is 12 miles from the nearest filling station and store, and only has a post office and nothin’ else. About 50 people live here. It is great.

        • leebob

          Joe, everytime you write about your little paradise you make us all yearn for your lifestyle. Once I get out of CA I will be joining your lifestyle. TX is a great state I should have moved back there after my 20 in the AF.

  • BeeKaaay

    This is what Obama wants. He wants private health insurance to become so expensive that you have no choice but to go on the government’s health insurance. Single payer is their ultimate goal.

    And then you will have death panels run by unelected, unaccountable people, denying your care. Just like they do everywhere else in the world.

    • The Blue Collar Man

      BeeKaaay, Death Panels aren’t as scary as they were. I’ll explain.

      A lot of people, including all the (P) politicians who passed obumblercare, have NO IDEA, how bad things will be, when the Insurance Industry dies. They never devoted ANY thought to the end results.

      At a minimum, hundreds of thousands will lose their jobs. In some locals, this will be a huge overload on public assistance, that will possibly cause their collapse.

      Public Services will be cut, such as Police/Fire/Refuse, as the loss of tax base from layoffs and bankrupted companies, will reduce money to pay for those services.
      Those workers will lose their jobs.

      As the collateral jobs loss grows, soon millions will be out of work. Society will partially collapse, and food shortages, roving mobs, lawlessness, will be the norm.

      So, in stark reality, disease and violence, will greatly increase the death rate, and if you do live long enough to get to the Death Panel, you’ll be one of the lucky ones.

  • http://alert-up-usa.com/ AlertUpUSA

    Obamacare reality will really freak the Dems out after the have to pay for it, especially after they have to live with it, and receive care from it!

    • catb55

      That’s the reason the bennies kicked in before the election and the TAXES now … but not to worry … Obama is going to come and save the day .. and FORCE us to pay for Government Obamacare (which hasn’t got much care in it) and you can get FREE birth control … and euthanasia pill.

  • Kevin Post

    Mine went from a wonderful PPO to a HMO with a higher deductible. the letter said “to cut the cost of increasing insurance plans”.

  • jenndee

    Obama also said you could keep your insurance coverage. I got a letter in the mail this week telling me as of Dec. 2013 my insurance will no longer exist. They also let me know that it was due to the Affordable Care Act. Our president is a cold,evil liar, like no one I have ever seen!!!!

  • orringtonmom (D)

    that is why they don’t mind calling it obamacare… if we called it the affordable care act, people would see the contradiction.

    • Guest

      That’s a good point, I remember when calling it “Obamacare” was raaaaacist.

  • dwsmokin

    Amazing how many people are surprised-this has been predicted for the past two years, but nobody listened because the ‘Great One’ said it would be affordable. Wonder how long it will take them to figure out the whole thing is a farce?

  • fivegreatkids

    More and more medicaid/medicare patients force docs/hospitals to charge everybody else more. HUGE numbers of illegal alliens who pay nothing for emergency room care. The gov’t doesn’t cover their supplies with any of their payments. Add to that the obscene number of lawsuits which obamacare does NOTHING about and you have a disaster. The ones hurting are the ones trying hard to be responsible and take care of their own. Gov’t can’t run anything without destroying it….

  • Linda (Lou) Norris

    I received two notices of policy rate changes this year. The first one was about 6 weeks before the election, and it was a notification of a DROP in my monthly rate. The second was about three weeks after the election, and it was for an increase…to more than what it had been before the drop. What a racket. Collude much????????

  • $36544368

    I posted over a month ago that my husband’s employer-sponsored health insurance was going up over $4,000 per year, plus the coverage was not going to be as good (i.e, co-pays going up, etc.)…unfortunately, my feelings of outrage have not diminished since my first post about it back then.

    Edit: Does anyone remember when and where Obama said that the average family would notice a ‘reduction’ in premiums by approximately $2,000 with Obamacare?

    • Catchance

      In his 2008 campaign he said that there would be an average reduction in premiums for each family of about $2500. He repeated that about 50 times. Even Politifact said that he had “broken his promise” on that one. (And that was last August… I wonder what they’ll have to say now?) Anyone with half a brain knew that socialized healthcare wasn’t going to a) work, and b) cost less.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Lumps’o’Coal for everybody this Christmas from Barakaclaus.

  • rant stocks

    I will never forget those words till the day I die…(” We have to pass the..ah bill..to see..ah. whats in it) hearing that why did we lay down for that way of thinking.The revolt should have started then.