A few states including California, New York, and Massachussetts have decided that they will not allow consumers with canceled plans keep their insurance under the ACA. Governor Malloy will decide today whether he will follow their lead or let Connecticut residents keep theirs. In the past, he has been critical of President Obama’s decision to allow consumers to keep their insurance. Malloy will announce his decision outside the car show at the Connecticut Convention Center later today.
Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some of their customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stop rising consumer insurance costs.
The exchanges, a pillar of the healthcare law, are designed to allow Americans who don’t get coverage through work to buy insurance on the internet. Though they are slated to be fully operational by next fall, only 15 states, including Connecticut, have established an exchange.
States must notify the federal government by November 16 whether they intend to run their own exchange or defer to Washington.
President Barack Obama won four more years in office on Tuesday, describing his victory over Republican nominee Mitt Romney as a call to action that would help move the U.S. past the difficult times endured during the past four years and promising “the best is yet to come.”
Obama won Connecticut’s seven electoral votes in a state where registered Democrats heavily outnumber registered GOP voters.
As Storm Sandy continues to pummel the Northeast, residents in the path of the storm are urged to heed warnings from state and local officials. Earlier today, President Obama spoke from the White House Briefing Room and the White House released guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) listed below.
Follow Directions Of Local Officials: If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
Know The Forecast: Continue to monitor your NOAA Weather Radio and your local news for severe weather updates, warnings and watches. Follow your forecast at weather.gov on your computer or mobile.weather.gov on your smartphone.
Turn Around: The potential for heavy rains can also lead to flooding, or flash flooding in some areas. Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous.
Be Prepared: Be sure to stock up on emergency supplies of batteries, candles, water and non-perishable items. Visit ready.gov for more tips
Check On Neighbors: Make sure your neighbors, especially the elderly and infirmed, are safe and sound.
Find Shelters: Check the Red Cross for shelters in your area.
Last night’s vice presidential debate highlighted the clash between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan over their competing plans for Medicare and Social Security, two topics of deep concern to older voters.
Ryan accused the Obama administration of “getting caught with its hand in the cookie jar,” and Biden charged the plans proposed by Ryan and Republican candidate Mitt Romney would privatize Medicare and wind up cutting benefits for younger people as they approached retirement age.