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  • The_Ohioan

    At the risk of being chastised, again, I agree with everything Mr. Williams said. And I think, by this time, Mr. Williams would be happy to part company with FOX. He’s always been an outrider there.

  • TO
    I agree, I would like to see him replace Al Sharpton on MSNBC.

  • JSpencer

    Nice job Mr. Williams. You’re too good for Fox . . (not good enough for NPR however 😉 )

  • adelinesdad

    I think Fox News will keep him around as long as he provides mediocre arguments.

    Mr. Williams says that it’s the insurance companies fault for not bringing the policies “up to code” instead of just cancelling them. But of course the companies are providing other policies that meet the standard–otherwise they wouldn’t be in business–but those policies naturally cost more. Additionally, the administration has been arguing that them getting dropped is a good thing, so that they can then go shopping. Would Mr. Williams prefer that insurance companies send people letters that say they’ve been automatically enrolled in a new, better (but more expensive) policy? I recently read that the administration is actually upset that the companies aren’t directed consumers to the exchange instead of promoting their own off-exchange “up to code” policies. Therefore, Mr. Williams is contradicting the administration on this.

    As for the argument that the dropped policies were substandard anyway and people will be better off with other policies, for one thing that’s a matter of opinion, and even Mr. Williams acknowledges that some people will pay more. But more importantly, the benefits of a policy as written on paper are one thing, but that’s not the whole story: there’s also the network and the prior judgments of the company on what specifically is and isn’t covered. It’s one thing to read that the company covers XYZ care. It’s another thing to get the treatment you want and see the bill get paid. That means changing policies, even for one that has the same or better benefits on paper, is a harrowing prospect for someone who relies on continuity of care.

  • epiphyte

    Humana is apparently one company that is rightly being vilified for trying to scare it’s erstwhile (ill-served) customers into buying new policies for up to $1000/Mo more than superior alternatives which can be found on the exchange. Oddly enough I seem to recall a company with the same name being banned from operating in the UK after having been caught stealing the kidneys of people in the third world, and selling them in London. Is there some relationship between these two entities? … As “Private Eye” would say – I think we should be told.

  • SteveK

    As many don’t follow links here’s the first half of what Juan Williams had to say:

    Fox News – Insurance cancelled? Don’t blame Obama or the ACA, blame America’s insurance companies

    Liar! Pinocchio! Deceiver!

    With all the charges flying against President Obama in the on-going effort to stop ObamaCare it’s time for a reality check.

    Having failed to kill the Affordable Care Act in Congress by shutting down the government the opposition is currently taking delight in charging the president with lying to the public when he said anyone who likes their current healthcare plan will be able to keep it under the new law.

    It turns out that some people in the individual care market – about 5 percent of the overall insurance market — are having their insurance policies cancelled.

    It is estimated that half of those folks will get better coverage for a lower price. Some people will even get subsidies to help them pay the lower price.

    But some people losing their current policies [and being offered better coverage] are going to have to pay a higher price. Taking crocodile tears to a new level, ObamaCare opponents are now rushing to their defense and calling the president a liar.

    […]

    The fact is if you are one of the estimated 2 million Americans whose health insurance plans may have been cancelled this month, you should not be blaming President Obama or the Affordable Care Act.

    You should be blaming your insurance company because they have not been providing you with coverage that meets the minimum basic standards for health care.

    Let me put it more bluntly: your insurance companies have been taking advantage of you and the Affordable Care Act puts in place consumer protection and tells them to stop abusing people.

    […]

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