December 11th, 2013
04:32 PM ET
9 years ago

Four stories: After Obamacare 'fix,' many are still left out

Washington (CNN) - In the face of mounting criticism, President Barack Obama announced last month that he would allow insurance companies to renew so-called "subpar" plans for existing customers. But nearly a month later, not everyone is seeing the benefit of this policy change.

CNN spoke with four people in the days and weeks that followed the president's announcement to see how they have been affected. Their results are varied, and for some of them, the future remains uncertain.


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  1. stating the obvious

    Four stories: After Obamacare 'fix,' many are still left out

    One cannot "fix" a train wreck, especially one in progress. One can only try to prevent it (which the Republicans valiently tried to do) or pickup the mess and bodies of the dead and injured after the dust has setteled. That is what Obama and the Democrats are forcing us to do, continue with the train wreck. The millions of American causalities means nothing to them. The means justifies the ends.

    December 11, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    CNN, do us a favor, do put some positive news on site and on screen. Don't be pessimistic all the time. ACA is a Law, it is not going to be removed. Simple.

    December 11, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Boomer in Mo

    Does anyone at CNN know you can walk into some insurance offices and buy a policy that meets the Obamacare standards. Apparently not from the reporting done.

    December 11, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. smith

    Its to late now the damage has already been done. People are just going have to eat until 2016 when the gop takes over.

    December 11, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Abbey

    Well the Democrats had to lie to get it passed and once again fool those Low Information Voters who continue to think that the Federal government is the solution.

    December 11, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Donna

    Not to worry, everything is under control. Obama will be back from his South African party cruise soon and will promptly call a press confernence where he will blame the people responsbile for this disaster. George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, Dwight Eisenhower and Abraham Lincoln. And then he will promise, ONCE AGAIN, to get to the bottom of the matter and fix it and hold people accountable. He just needs a little time because he just found out about it in the newspapers.

    December 11, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. just asking

    and how many millions did the us taxpayer have ot pay for all of those assinine t-shirts they are all wearing?!! yes, it just doesn't matter because it wasn't their money, money that they had to take from their familiy and the needs of the family. isn't good to know that kids went with less so these people could have those nice coordinated cult-like t-shirts?

    December 11, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    CNN has 4 people who had trouble.
    I know 4 people who were totally dumped by insurance companies before ACA.
    I can find 4 people who signed up successfully and have a good policy at good rates.
    I know 4 people who like jello.
    And all this anecdotal information tells us nothing.

    It is comical that most posters here claiming doom and gloom might want to look up the statistical definition of anecdotal.

    December 11, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. jinx9to88

    @ Donna
    Not to worry, everything is under control. Obama will be back from his South African party cruise soon.


    How about you google "past president vacations time" and see where Obama stacks up against previous Repubs president. Bush has taken way more days off than this President. So before you put your foot in your mouth just like every other GOP follower on here do a little homework cause you sound pretty pathetic.

    December 11, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    CNN...still more concerned with the GOP/Teatrolls ranting about people losing insurance they can replace on the exchange than about the 8M+ people who the GOP/Teatrolls are preventing from obtaining Medicaid by refusing the federally funded expansion.

    "The plans she found on the exchange were equally costly."

    We're supposed to believe that without any way whatsoever of verifying it. Yawn. Look what happened last time, when Hannity decided to provide anecdotes as "data," and someone followed up and checked the veracity of the claims being made. No wonder CNN opted for vague conclusions instead of providing details.

    December 11, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. jinx9to88

    These sound like the four stories that were on Hannity which were proven false. Hannity seem to leave out the crucial part as they didn't even go on the website.

    December 11, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "And nothing prevents insurance companies from canceling non-compliant policies entirely."

    True before the ACA, as a lot of this crap is...premiums skyrocketing, etc. It will be interesting to see how quick the MSM acts to whitewash the rebates that result from the 80.20 rule next year, when the assume-the-worst actuarial work insurers engaged in this year, which to some extent was understandable given the big changes that were coming, proves somewhat unfounded.

    December 11, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. smith

    Well Donna, you were right. Jinxy is playing the Bush card. Then we have Silence saying he`s know these folks who`s lives are wonderful because of Obama, but tomorrow Silence will be saying because of the 1% and the gop those same folks can hardly afford food. Jinxy and Silence, As Rudy would say, "Nice try, but we got ya."

    December 11, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. just saying

    and life in the left wing denial bubble continues on.... it's just all made up, it's just all anecdotal, it's all a 'nontrovesy', millions of people just making it up, lying, even the ones that supported obamacare until its lies bite them in the backside don't believe the bad obama poll numbers either. further denial. everything is going fine. no problems. why is cnn making up all this stuff?

    totally hilarious....

    December 11, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. CryBabies

    I love the libs on this blog...nothing but pure denial. No wonder the left is so screwed up. This law is a fiasco. Here are 4 stories from respectable, responsible Americans that are being hurt by this foolishly drafted and implemented endeavor and yet the libs say...."It ain't so"!!! Clueless...absolutely Clueleless!

    December 11, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. don in albuquerque

    @just saying–Getting desperate, aren't we.

    December 11, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. The Truth Tsunami

    Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the Democrats are too stupid and arrogant to even begin to comprehend the mess they have made for millions of Americans, the damage they have caused millions of Americans.

    2,500 pages of unreadable goobledygook that spawned 20,000 pages of equally unreadable rules and regulations that try to take over and recreate 1/6th of our economy and 100% of our healthcare into the liberal vision of "fairness" Now all of America will see what happens when the massive fra left controlled federal government decides IT know best what is good for you and your family and what is "fair". So far, people are NOT liking it.

    December 11, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Gurgyl

    Donna, did you ask the people that were denied insurance for pre-existing condition? Hospitals charge for three hours stay 18,000 dollars, nonsense. GOP thugs still bicker knowing the fact Bush drain on nation with Iraq war, Reagan sold Arms to Iran in Iran contra affairs, well, Your Rumsfield knew Bin Laden in Torah Bora, escaped, then your favorite idiot, criminal Dick Cheney made billions out of HALIBURTON, NOW YOU TAKE DRUGS AND TALK UNDER HELLUCINATION, is it GOP garbage?

    December 11, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Tampa Tim

    Anyone else having trouble finding the republican health care site?

    December 11, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. RonL

    CNN, why do you fall for these kind of lopsided unhelpful stories. Let me explain, I understand some Americas will experience some difficulties in getting "just the right" insurance. But I bet you could also find four of the following before Obamacare:
    1) Four families who went bankrupt attempting to pay their bills.
    2) Four people who could not get insurance due to a preexisting condition.
    3) Four people who "thought" they had a good policy and found out once they were hurt or sick it only paid 1/3 of
    their bills.
    4) Four people who were kicked off their policy because the had exceeded the lifetime limit of the policy.

    I hope you get my point. What we had before was extremely flawed and it would be easy to find four unhappy Americans. Is the ACA better, it could be but we won't know for another 6 months to a year.

    December 11, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. S. B. Stein

    I would hope that there would be stories of those that were now able to get medical insurance because of the ACA.

    December 11, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |