Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, who’s been tenaciously debunking various ACA “horror stories,” noticed the following tweet by former MSNBC and CNBC screamer Dylan Ratigan:
“I bought a catastrophic health policy for $170/mo when I left MSNBC. Obamacare cancelled the policy. New rate $600/mo. Thnx Mr. President!”
Awww. Let’s all shed one tear for poor, poor rich guy Dylan Ratigan who made millions on cable news and, according to Wonkette, recently sold his Manhattan apartment for $1.38 million. Evidently Ratigan can’t afford an additional $4000 per year for this alleged $600 per month health insurance plan, which is more expensive this his previous “catastrophic” plan that only covered major injuries and nothing else.
Meanwhile, this $600 plan, Christopher noted, is likely a Platinum top-of-the-line policy offered in the exchange. Interesting that Ratigan would compare his former bare-bones premium with, obviously, a high-end plan. Honest of him.
Christopher also determined that Ratigan could get a bare-bones Bronze ACA plan for $380 per month via Covered California, a plan that’s significantly less expensive than this cockamamie $600 plan and it covers much, much more than his catastrophic plan. If Ratigan can’t afford $4560 per year for a Bronze plan given his income and earning potential, well, he’s doing it wrong.
And what about “Obamacare cancelled the policy?” That’s a lie. Obamacare isn’t canceling any policies — insurance companies are. Full stop.
Ultimately, Obamacare is giving millions of middle and low-income Americans a solid shot at comprehensive, affordable (if not free) healthcare, perhaps for the first time ever. At the same time, Ratigan, the bestselling millionaire author of “Greedy Bastards,” is griping about having to pay an extra $2520 per year in premiums.
Boo-effing-hoo. Thanks, Obama.