November 22nd, 2013
09:36 PM ET

Obamacare subsidies: Do administration claims add up?

CNN analysis shows that some low-income Americans will not receive the Obamacare subsidies that they might be expecting.

It was one of the basic tenets of Obamacare.

CNN analysis: No Obamacare subsidy for some low-income Americans

Last Spring, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a congressional subcommittee "Somebody who is making $25,500 would definitely qualify for a subsidy if he or she is purchasing coverage in the individual market."

Brianna Keilar reports for OutFront.

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    'Let me warn you and let me warn the Nation against the smooth evasion which says, "Of course we believe all these things; we believe in social security; we believe in work for the unemployed; we believe in saving homes. Cross our hearts and hope to die, we believe in all these things; but we do not like the way the present Administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us. We will do all of them- we will do more of them we will do them better; and, most important of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything."'

    November 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  2. Varla Henahan

    I beg to differ on this subject. I have never heard anyone say that "definitely" people making less than a certain amount of money will get subsidies. It has always been that possibly they would. It only makes sense that if the premium is lower the person wouldn't need a subsidy. I'd be curious how much their premiums are. I retired early for health reasons and to care for my mother so I'm receiving a pension but don't qualify for Medicare yet. My premiums are minimum $195 a month and have been in this range for quite awhile (not because of the affordable care act). I admit its a better policy but it pays off because my deductibles are lower than others offered to me through my employer. Believe me though, my deductibles are high enough. So I am paying that amount based on a pension. My mothers supplemental insurance premium is $185 a month in addition to Medicare. And by the way, I went on the website and used the calculator to see how much my premium might be for a similar policy. It came in at $158 a month so from my perspective, the affordable care act makes sense. I believe people just think they are going to get some ridiculous discount and are surprised that insurance does cost money.

    November 23, 2013 at 12:21 am | Reply

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