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Democrat Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has called for all of the state’s public Confederate statues to be removed and relocated. Terry McAuliffe has a reputation as one of the worst governors in the nation. As McAuliffe focuses on the nothing politically correct #FakeNews, his state’s health care system (aka Obamacare) is failing to provide coverage for its 411,000 Virginia citizens. As the #DcPolitburo fails to repeal and replace the Unaffordable Care Act, democrats like McAuliffe have done nothing but obstruct. A former political hack and Clinton supporter whose only objective is to repeal the election of 2016 and replace the head of our government with a liberal of some kind or better yet to destroy the country.
It’s been less than a week since Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced their decision to exit Virginia’s Affordable Care Act – commonly referred to as Obamacare – marketplace and anxieties are already rising.
The health care giant made the announcement late Friday afternoon, calling the individual health care market “volatile.”
“A stable insurance market is dependent on products that create value for consumers through the broad spreading of risk and a known set of conditions upon which rates can be developed,” the company’s statement read.
Earlier this year, Aetna Inc. also chose to leave the Commonwealth’s health care marketplace.
According to the Department of Health and Human services, nearly 411,000 Virginians are enrolled in a health care plan on the ACA exchange this year – almost 21,000 Virginia Beach residents, 11,000 in Norfolk and about 3,500 in Williamsburg and Yorktown.
Come Nov. 1, scouring for other coverage on the exchange will be their new reality. Open enrollment lasts just 44 days, with the open enrollment period closing on Dec. 15. Miss the deadline and you’ll have to pay a fine unless you qualify for a special enrollment period.
Ken McFarland and his wife, who had ACA plans with Anthem, recently moved to Williamsburg from Pennsylvania to be closer to their daughter and first grandchild.
McFarland worked in a steel mill for years, often working more than 60 hours a week. Though he had planned to work until he was 65, moving out of state would require McFarland to retire just a few years early.
At 63 years old, and his wife at 60, McFarland says they’re in a tough spot because they’re too young for Medicare. The cost of plans available on the exchange were already high, McFarland said, and he’s considered going back to work.
“We’re retired so we’re living on a reduced income,” McFarland said. “I’m enjoying my time with family and helping my daughter out, but the situation is making me start to rethink my retirement.”
Busch Gardens is a possible part-time opportunity, he said.
As far as the Anthem’s reasoning for leaving the state’s marketplace, McFarland said it’s a “government-related problem that never had to be.”
After navigating the health care exchange and finding a doctor in their new city, now they’ll have to start all over. McFarland said he’s concerned about what affordable options he and his wife will have in just a few months.
“The exchange was supposed to create competition amongst health care providers,” McFarland said. “It’s going in the opposite direction now, and I’m concerned that we’ll end up with a single choice.”
This article was published in partnership with WYDaily’s sister publication, Southside Daily.