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  •  What surprises me is that the President's (11+ / 0-)

    statement seems to have quelled the storm in Congress.  Harry Reid isn't even going to bring any bill up for a vote.  I think that's good news overall, better than I was expecting.  

    A better fix would be to allow affected people to deduct the net premium increase from adjusted gross income.  That could be thrown in along with the next bridge project for Mitch McConnell in the budget negotiations.

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    by khyber900 on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 01:10:33 PM PST

    •  Yup, reinforces Dem spine and stops the griping (3+ / 0-)
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      Smart politics all around.

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      by Gurnt on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 01:40:24 PM PST

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    •  Good idea, but only for exchange policy switch (2+ / 0-)
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      BoshSpong, khyber900

      I like the idea of simply deducting the difference, essentially raising the subsidy. But it should not be for the more expensive policies insurers up-sold people to outside the exchange, their "dumbshit" premiums.

      But if you buy on the exchange and it is more expensive than what you had, you can deduct the difference when you do your taxes.

      •  Why? They're getting better policies, because the (1+ / 0-)
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        individual policy almost surely didn't cover pre-existing conditions.  With the games insurance companies play with "pre-existing conditions," insurance that doesn't cover pre-existing conditions is no insurance at all.  And keep in mind that if something isn't covered, the money you pay for it out-of-pocket doesn't count toward your out-of-pocket maximum.

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