I purposely wrote the title of this post as if it's a fake news story that you might find online, but I really was surprised––and pleasantly so––when I signed up for my 2017 health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
Premiums were lower.
I swear to you it's true. It might not be the same for everyone else, but if it's true for me, then it must be true for some other people, too.
After hearing all that bombast during the election about the cost of "Obamacare" going up, I went to healthcare.gov with trepidation, only to find that the plans most similar to the one I've had throughout 2016 were about $200/month less in cost.
BUT (there's always a butt) they didn't allow me to keep my doctor. So I used the filter on the site that would show me which plans would keep me seeing my beloved Dr. Lacroix and his loyal assistant Holly (I LOVE HER; SHE GOES THE EXTRA MILE FOR ME AND SAYS SHE'S JUST DOING HER JOB).
I found a plan that costs about $20/month less than I've been paying, and it has a much lower deductible. My insurance cost wouldn't have gone up unless my income had gone up significantly, or I'd ordered a super fancy plan.
If you're not familiar with Affordable Care Act plans, they are marked as Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
Platinum costs more that $1,000 a month and has features I don't need. I've been in a silver plan every year, but in 2017, I move up to Gold.
Until Donald Trump takes my insurance away from me and I join the ranks of can't afford to go to the doctor and I can't get no prescription medications satisfaction.
Thank you, President Obama.
Infinities of love,
And while I have your attention, here's a book recommendation:
I admit I haven't read Mommy Tried To Kill Me yet, but it's waiting for me on my Kindle. I know I'll love it because Suzy Soro is hilarious. I loved her first book, Celebrity sTalker.
It's not too late to hop over to Amazon to order a book by Suzy Soro (the actress who got the last chocolate babka on Seinfeld) as a Christmas gift for yourself and to give to someone else who enjoys a good laugh.
A sarcastic laugh, kinda like the way I'll laugh on Inauguration Day.
With my friend Jim Beam in my hand.