I just got an email from Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield with a link to this story on BarackObama.com about one of their subscribers:
As a small business owner, I buy health insurance for myself and my family on my own. And the rates have just been going up and up and up with no end in sight, especially over the past few years. Take last year, for instance: for my family, I was paying more than $800 per month just in premiums. And that’s with a sky-high deductible. At some point, I just said enough of this. I can’t pay anymore.
So, when the marketplace opened in New York last fall, I checked out my options. The whole thing was really easy, and the person assisting me was incredibly helpful. I signed my family up, and as of January 1st, I am saving a whopping $500 per month in premiums. And my deductible is almost a third of what it was just a few weeks ago.
There’s no two ways about it: Saving a fortune on health coverage is going to make a huge difference in what I do. For starters, I’ll be able to put more into my new business.
Look, I was skeptical at first. Here in New York, I think we’re born skeptical. But I just don’t understand why a person would be against giving people a chance to get decent coverage at a good rate. Now, I tell my friends that they need to stop listening to the back and forth on the news and just go and check it out for themselves. It’s worth a shot.
This is what winning looks like: an insurance company sending every subscriber a link to OFA’s site.