The negative consequences of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act already are cascading through the health sector, with millions of Americans in states across the country learning that their health insurers have withdrawn from the market, making it increasingly difficult for them to find affordable coverage.
And this is happening despite President Obama’s repeated promises that “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
Even though most of the provisions of the health overhaul law don’t go into effect until 2014, its destructive impact already is being felt by senior citizens, children, small and medium-sized employers, and families and individuals trying to buy their own health insurance.
Notably, a recent health tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the American people increasingly are confused about whether or not the health law is still in place. The House voted to repeal the law on January 19, 2011 by a vote of 245–189, but the measure failed in the Senate, and the president has vowed to veto the legislation if it were to reach his desk. Yet, according to the Kaiser survey, 22 percent of people think the law has been repealed and 26 percent are unsure. Just over half accurately believe the legislation still stands.
But the law is very much in place. Here is an overview of the carriers who already have withdrawn from these markets, with itemized details in the accompanying appendices.