SF Couple's Kaiser Health Insurance Canceled Under Obamacare

Architect and wife, Obama supports, see good health coverage canceled.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013  |  Updated 11:56 AM PDT
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SF Couple's Insurance Canceled Under Obamacare

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A San Francisco couple is asking Rep. Nancy Pelosi to help find out why their good health insurance was canceled by Kaiser under the Affordable Care Act.

Lee Hammack and JoEllen Brothers like Barack Obama.

They like the Affordable Care Act, and they liked their healthcare coverage under Kaiser -- but now the former Democratic Party donors and volunteers are trying to figure out why Obamacare made Kaiser cancel their healthcare coverage in favor of a more expensive plan, according to ProPublica.

The architect and former Kaiser employee are 60 and 59, respectively, and are in good health. But their popular "40/4000" plan under Kaiser -- in which they paid $550 a month for a $40 copay to see the doctor and a $4,000 deductible -- has been canceled, and in its place they were offered a $1,300 monthly payment for a plan with a higher deductible, ProPublica reported.

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They still don't know why.

Kaiser has canceled 160,000 plans like the San Francisco couple's, the insurer told ProPublica, which could also not explain why the plan did not meet the Affordable Care Act's requirements.

In the meantime, Hammack and Brothers have gone to Rep. Nancy Pelosi asking for help. They still like Obamacare and still support the policy -- but aren't sure why they will have to seriously consider making less money in order to qualify for healthcare they feel is affordable.

"We’re not changing our views because of this situation," Hammack told ProPublica, "but it hurt to hear Obama saying, just the other day, that if our plan has been dropped it's because it wasn’t any good, and our costs would go up only slightly."

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