Obamacare Rules Force Pregnant Woman Off Her Health Insurance Plan

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 29, 2013   |   5:24PM   |   Washington, DC

During the 2012 presidential elections, abortion activists and the Obama campaign concocted all sorts of phony “War on Women” stories to make it appear pro-life organizations and pro-life candidates somehow didn’t care about women.

Now that the election is done and Obamacare is in place, the real perpetrator of the War on Women is getting exposed. Exhibit A is Jennifer Harris of California, who is three months pregnant, is losing her current insurance thanks to the Obamacare rules.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Fullerton resident Jennifer Harris thought she had a great deal, paying $98 a month for an individual plan through Health Net Inc. She got a rude surprise this month when the company said it would cancel her policy at the end of this year. Her current plan does not conform with the new federal rules, which require more generous levels of coverage.

Now Harris, a self-employed lawyer, must shop for replacement insurance. The cheapest plan she has found will cost her $238 a month. She and her husband don’t qualify for federal premium subsidies because they earn too much money, about $80,000 a year combined.

“It doesn’t seem right to make the middle class pay so much more in order to give health insurance to everybody else,” said Harris, who is three months pregnant. “This increase is simply not affordable.”

Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.

“She said, ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,'” Kehaly said.

Nearly 2 million Californians have individual insurance, and several hundred thousand of them are losing their health plans in a matter of weeks.

Blue Shield of California sent termination letters to 119,000 customers last month whose plans don’t meet the new federal requirements. About two-thirds of those people will experience a rate increase from switching to a new health plan, according to the company.



Conservative writer Moe Lane noticed the story and commented on it.

This is in California, which means that Ms. Harris probably votes Democratic. You know what? It doesn’t matter. It is precisely those people that the Republican party must stand up for, because it is absolutely true that the Democrats have not, and will not. And that’s because those Democrats clearly think that it be better that any number of pregnant women have their premiums more than doubled, than the Democratic party admit that their leadership made a tragic mistake.

From the top, down. Barack Obama, when you said “If you like your plan, you can keep it” – why didn’t you include the clause “Except for Jennifer Harris, of course”? Too scared?