In the wake of the implementation of Obamacare, thousands of Georgians are feeling the pinch of healthcare "reform" as their insurers have decided to either raise rates astronomically or revoke coverage entirely. Nationwide, approximately fourteen million people so far have received cancellation notices from their insurers, stating that these individuals who purchase their own coverage will no longer be offered coverage to even buy insurance.
The cancellations have surprised many, who had believed they could "keep their health plan if they wanted to" as stated by President Obama in the run-up to Congress passing Obamacare into law. Many on the left are surprised that policy premiums are rising stratospherically, while many on the right are taking the stance of "we told you this was coming".
Insurers must decide by December 31 what to offer and to whom, as new regulations are going into effect on January 1, 2014. Most of the newly uninsured will be forced into government exchanges to shop for healthcare.
Aetna and Medical Mutual of Ohio have decided to withdraw from Georgia, leaving just five providers - Alliant, Kaiser, Humana, BCBS, and Peach State - as the only possible options for the newly uninsured Georgians.
It is possible that a delay on the individual mandate to have coverage is still achieved - and given the hopelessy buggy and inept rollout of the Obama Administration's healthcare website, it may be more likely than not - but it still will make insurance a struggle for these Georgians.