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  •  That's probably realistic. But my point is (0+ / 0-)

    that people with "average" employer provided heath insurance are used to that -- like the friend I mentioned. She and her husband have good jobs, but are certainly not what I would consider "rich."

    I think a lot of people are going to be unhappy when they discover that their former expectations no longer realistic.

    I think you are right -- it probably is necessary.  But it' will come as an unpleasant surprise to people who were promised that the ACA could cover a lot of additional people without any downside to those who had insurance that they liked.  The Administration did not manage expectations well at all, and I think they are feeling the results of that, and may feel them over the next year as well.  

    •  I think you are right (0+ / 0-)

      I've heard acquaintances in California lamenting that the most expensive hospitals are no longer in their network. They maintain that they ought to be able to see any doctor, go to any hospital, and their insurance should pay. They are furious that they have to pay more for insurance, and it doesn't cover any hospital they want to go to.

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