Despite repeated attempts to repeal and replace it, Obamacare remains alive and well.
By this point, Congress has thrown its collective hands up and acted as if there’s absolutely nothing they can do about the anchor that remains around the necks of American taxpayers.
However, there remains plenty that can still be done, and that’s been clearly demonstrated by an elected official that’s far removed from the swamp.
From the Washington Examiner:
Congressional Republicans failed to repeal or replace Obamacare. But one state has come up with a way to get around it. Idaho is dealing with Obamacare by just blowing it off. If it works, other states seem likely to follow.
Idaho’s Republican governor, Butch Otter, signed an executive order last year paving the way for non-Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans to be sold in his state, and Lt. Gov. Brad Little has since cobbled together what is sure to be the nation’s most controversial healthcare initiative.
Their principal intention is to give the people of their state a way of avoiding Obamacare’s monstrous increases in insurance premiums. They want to put affordable insurance plans on the market again.
This isn’t just a grandstanding attempt from Otter that’s simply not going to happen either.
Insurer Blue Cross of Idaho has already stepped up to the plate to show that they’re on board.
On Wednesday, the company provided information about one of the five such plans it intends to offer, called “Freedom Blue Standard.” This is designed to be comparable in most respects to Obamacare Exchange bronze plans. The two have similar deductibles, rates of coinsurance, and out-of-pocket maximums.
But there are also a few critical differences. Because it allows some health underwriting, which is pricing based on health, and because it caps lifetime benefits at $1 million, the Freedom Blue Standard plan is available to the healthiest buyers for as little as 40 percent of what the bronze plan costs, depending on age.
Setting aside the rate for the healthiest, the average buyer of Freedom Blue Standard saves 26-66 percent of the price he or she would pay for an Obamacare bronze policy, depending on age.
That’s a huge savings that will make a ton of difference for the state’s residents that take advantage of the plan.
A little initiative goes a long way, and that remains true even when we’re talking about what looks like an unsolvable issue.
Otter has clearly demonstrated that. Now other elected officials can follow his lead and fix the albatross known as Obamacare once and for all.
Source: Washington Examiner