Your Source for Health Reform

MYTH: “People have lost good insurance plans because of the ACA”

FACT: The Affordable Care Act outlawed plans that did not provide a minimum level of coverage. Such plans seemed like a bargain because of the low monthly premiums, but if the patient had a serious illness or injury, the plan would only pay a tiny fraction of the cost, leaving them at risk for bankruptcy. Medical bills account for more than half of all U.S. bankruptcies. Learn more:


In the News:

The New Hampshire cancellations – An AFP ad in New Hampshire told the “personal stories” of state residents Donna Marzullo and Helen DePrima, who were “shocked” that their health insurance plans were being canceled because they didn’t meet ACA requirements. Both women are local activists and donors of the anti-Obamacare camp.

The Louisiana cancellations – An ad in Louisiana showed a number of people opening their mail to find a letter stating that their health care policy has been cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act. The people are not Louisianans, but paid actors.

Deborah Cavallaro’s story – Deborah Cavallaro, a real estate agent in a Los Angeles suburb, was featured in a episode of NBC Nightly News. Her (junk) plan at $293 a month was cancelled, and the insurer offered her a new plan at $484 a month. But on the California exchange, she seems eligible for plans in the $258-$316 a month range.

Illinois Health Matters is not a political entity. Links to articles in the national media are intended to showcase efforts of the press to debunk horror stories regarding the ACA. The articles represented are not a reflection of belief, political orientation, or a show of support on behalf of Illinois Health Matters.