- - Monday, November 11, 2013

President Obama stated that plans that do not conform to Obamacare are issued by “bad apple” companies. I am self-employed and own a policy from Kaiser Permanente here in Maryland. Kaiser covered diagnosis, surgery and follow-up for the past four years for cancer in the family. Not only did Kaiser cover us, it did not raise our premiums and certainly did not drop us.

Yet since my plan does not cover all facets of Obamacare, I am being dropped. As people in our mid-50s, we do not need maternity or pediatric care — yet we are now being asked to buy a plan that includes these items. The premium will rise from about $500 per month to nearly $900 per month. I can’t compare this rate to any available in the exchanges because the systems are down. In addition, I make too much money to qualify for a subsidy. Thank you, Mr. President. By the way, Mr. Obama, have you reached out to Kaiser to let the company know you consider it a “bad apple” insurer?

J.P. MARTIN

Bethesda