Nearly 250,000 Colorado healthcare plans cancelled under Obamacare

Posted on: 5:20 pm, November 6, 2013, by , updated on: 01:00pm, November 7, 2013

DENVER –  There are nearly 250,000 Coloradans whose health care policies have been or will be cancelled as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the state’s Dept. of Insurance announced on Wednesday.

Many of the policies are being cancelled because of stipulations under the new law that force insurers to cover certain things that weren’t covered under the old policies; other plans are being cancelled by insurers because they’re no longer cost-effective.

The cancellation letters sent out by the insurers must notify a consumer that the 2013 policy is cancelled, and must also highlight options for new coverage.

“Consumers who have questions about these letters or any questions about their health insurance policy should contact the Division,” said Commissioner of Insurance Marguerite Salazar.  “While some plans are being cancelled, Coloradoans have many new options for 2014, due to the strength and competitiveness of our health insurance market.”

SPECIAL SECTION: Your questions answered about the Affordable Care Act

Supporters of “Obamacare” note that, although many policies available on state insurance exchanges or the federal government’s glitch-laden website appear to be more expensive, federal tax credits for many individual and families are likely to lower health care costs for many middle-class Americans.

“I think it’s been a big shock for people getting these letters, but many of them have been able to log on to the exchange and get better plans at a lower cost,” Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-Denver, told FOX31 Denver Wednesday.

But conservatives used the new numbers to argue that the law is a disaster, comparing the number of cancellation numbers to the number of people who have signed up.

So far, just 3,408 Coloradans have purchased new insurance plans on the exchange; many more, 34,168 Coloradans, have enrolled in Medicaid since the program expanded under the law.

“To have almost a hundred health plan cancellations for every exchange sign up in Colorado under Obamacare is exponentially worse than even the most extreme skeptic could have predicted,” said Kelly Maher, executive director of the group Compass Colorado.

DeGette acknowledged that President Obama’s now infamous campaign promise, that “if you like your existing plan, you can keep it”, was misleading.

“He should have said, ‘If you like your plan you can keep it — subject to the contractual agreement between you and the insurance company’,” DeGette said, acknowledging that such verbiage is a bit complex for a stump speech.

“In truth, most people’s policies, even before the Affordable Care Act, changed from year to year,” she continued. “This is a system that’s based on people getting private insurance; in many ways, it was a Republican idea.”

“If people are having contracts with their insurance plans, those insurance companies are going to adjust those plans based on market conditions,” DeGette said.

Conservative group continues to pile money into anti-Obamacare ads

Meanwhile, the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity’s has now spent over $7.6 million in spending over the last few weeks on anti-Obamacare ads.

The group will spend an additional $1.7 million on ads on radio, TV and the Internet.

“Amid a disastrous and inept rollout, it’s important to remember that some politicians did what they could to stop ObamaCare, while others did whatever it took to shove the law down our throats,” AFP President Tim Phillips said in a statement.

“Heading into 2014, we want to be sure Americans understand the true negative impact of the law. A failing website is just the tip of the iceberg; less choice, higher premiums, and lost coverage will be the legacy of ObamaCare,” Phillips said.

AFP is partially funded by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, who have spent many millions of dollars to back conservative causes and candidates.


  • Craig Reynolds says:

    Impeach, immediately!!!

  • larry 1356 says:

    If comrade Obama says these plans weren’t up to standards, that’s good enough for me.

  • john cook says:

    You all were warned……………

  • Fast girl says:

    These Dems not only voted for OBAMACARE but knew millions were going to lose their health insurance as a result. In addition 3 years ago a bill was put up in Congress for a vote that would have prevented millions from losing their health insurance. Every Dem voted against it. Americans need to vote these people out of office.

  • Asok Smith says:

    this is a test. my real comments are disappearing

  • Asok Smith says:

    Well, gee, now DeGette is jumping on the obama lie-through-your teeth bandwagon too. The cancellations have nothing to do with “contractual obligations” and everything to do with the fact that obamacare has simply outlawed all of those plans, thus forcing their cancellation. Diane knows all of this of couse, which means, like Obama and all of the other lying Rats, her lies are knowingly an egregiously false, not simply a matter of ignorance.

  • Eric Ernst says:

    DeGette, like Eli Stokols, like Obummer, DO NOT KNOW the truth if it hit them in the butt!
    They are delusional and confirmed liars.
    NOTHING will change, until Eli resigns and the other two buffoons are voted out of office…. keeping in mind, sadly, that DeGette, who replaced Pat Schroeder, are repeatedly voted in by their brain dead, ignorant, genetically inferior constituents.

  • thrushjz says:

    What John Cook said…right on target

  • Paul says:

    “I think it’s been a big shock for people getting these letters, but many of them have been able to log on to the exchange and get better plans at a lower cost,” Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-Denver, told FOX31 Denver Wednesday.

    I have seen dozens of stories about people who got worse plans at higher cost, but no one who got better plans at lower cost.

    Smoke those examples out, Eli. Couldn’t you have just asked for one?

  • renrah says:

    make no mistake – these people know EXACTLY what they are doing. The destruction of America is intentional.

    Go to you tube and search for yuri bezmenov interview. He was a Soviet defector who laid out how Marxists destabilize a country and it is exactly what is happening.

    The amazing thing ? The interview was done in the 1980′s

  • Edward Boothe says:

    The biggest lie in history from the biggest liar.

  • George Washington says:

    Do I feel/hear a revolution coming? Good this Obama character reminds me a lot of king George and his red coats back in 1776 , and we all know what me and my men did to the most well trained and equipped army in the world, we took them down faster than my fathers cherry tree.

  • margie says:

    One can only hope the people most negatively affected at the moment are democrats.

  • Markie Mark says:

    It’s amazing. You get what you vote for. Colorado went for obama, obama went for their healthcare. Simple..

  • Sal Vitro says:

    Colorado was a awing state that swung for Obama. I can only hope most of those quarter million voted for Obama. You made the bed, now sleep in it.

  • US Citizen says:

    The greatest country in the world is going down in flames because of the CLOWN president and his administration that is in control!! We all need to WAKE UP AMERICA and take our country back !!!

  • STV says:

    Sad state of affairs. We the People are suffering and the wanda be President is lying.

  • Eagle3691 says:

    A subsidy is just somebody else has to pay. They call them “government” subsidy but where do they think the money comes from, the Tooth Fairy?

  • HeyObama says:

    You get what you deserve Colorado. Every one of you that voted for the Charlatan twice deserves the pain and agony of welfare. Its the consequences of being stupid. I lived in the State many years ago when it was Conservative. Liberal ideology fleeing California, Oregon and Washington doomed Colorado. Glad I got out.

  • george says:

    “This is a system that’s based on people getting private insurance; in many ways, it was a Republican idea.

    Why didn’t you say so:it was Bush’s fault?

  • meesha says:

    The company I work for left Denver two years ago. Took all employees and their families. Best move ever made. Should have known all along not to locate there in the first place. Number one “clue” was having to pay an extra tax just for working in Denver.

  • bike mike says:

    Thats because only 250,000 people in colorado are not on Medicare

  • ““This is a system that’s based on people getting private insurance; in many ways, it was a Republican idea.”
    Didn’t you just know that would happen? Eventually, we’d get around to blaming this on A) Bush or B) Republicans or C) Evil Tea Partiers.
    How is it a Republican idea? They couldn’t even get Snow to cross the aisle in support of this! The ACA, Obamacare, was created by and solely owned by the Democratic Party. For good or bad, it is their baby and their baby alone.

  • Nobody's business says:

    DeGette should be voted out of office immediately. She votes so left wing Liberal it isn’t even funny. She isn’t protecting the people she serves. She is for allowing illegals to become US citizens. She voted to give illegals in-state tuition. What??? Doesn’t she understand that illegal is just that “illegal”.

  • BarrysHypocrisy says:

    All you Obama voters who are losing their insurance should be happy because this is exactly what you voted for. Just remember to smile while Obama bends you over and screws you.

  • If 49% of the country KNEW this was NOT going to be good and the other 49% said this was going to be the best thing in the world,,,, which side LOOKS PRETTY STUPI$ right now?

  • Just like the bumper sticker says, “BEND OVER, HERE COMES THE CHANGE”

  • After 50 years of the failed agenda, the headline in the 60′s and the headline 10 years from now will be the same: “The FILTHY rich democrats are getting richer – The stupi$ poor democrats that voted for them are getting poorer by the day.” They got what they voted for and still not happy. They are miserable and want me to be miserable with them,,,,,,, NOPE,,,, I pick not be miserable. I’m humored by their comments.

  • Chuckwagon says:

    Interesting thing to note here, regarding these “better plans at a lower cost” the Colorado Exchange is supposed to have:
    Due to the impending ObamaCare, my company dropped all healthcare coverage for a “HRA” plan where they just give you a fixed amount of money each month for you to go buy your own plan; it’s like a HSA but they keep the money in their baink account and collect the interest. When I signed on the exchange to compare the plan I found for my family, I found the cost to be about 2.5 times more expensive for similar plans, and plans that cost the same monthly to have nearly 4 times the out of pocket. These plans are miserable, and if I didn’t have a kid on the way I’d be looking into the costs of healthcare vs. the fines paid for not having it.

  • Maud St. James says:

    Seems like Obamacare is proceeding just like 0 wanted it to. We are moving closer and closer to voiceless, choiceless, freedomless serfdom every day.

  • RWheeler says:

    You in Colorado backed the horse now ride it.

  • Leeza Lee says:

    This is the tip of the iceberg. . .just wait until the employer mandate goes through. Dropped from employer-provided insurance and hours cut to part-time will be the headlines.

  • John G says:

    Did everyone miss the “… It was a Republican idea.” comment at the end? New tactic, we really wanted a single payer system but the Republicans forced us to use the private system. Even though it was the Democrats who controlled the House and Senate. The entire vote in both was along party lines. Remember, ” We have to pass it to know what’s in it.”

  • Spamf Roming says:

    ““If people are having contracts with their insurance plans, those insurance companies are going to adjust those plans based on market conditions.”

    How convenient! The President specifically ADDED a regulation after the law was passed that nullified the grandfathering of any policy if ANY change was made to the policy. Which of course means just about every policy out there will be cancelled. They KNEW all this for years. It’s called LYING.

    Impeach the whole Administration.

  • Powerman says:

    Once again, only intervgiew the democrat who gets away with lying. It was not a Republican plan. Not a single Republican voted for it!!!

  • Bob Vedari says:

    As Colorado is a blue state and since they do so love their Messiah, I hope they choke on what they’ve helped do to this country. Suffer baby, suffer.

  • John Q says:

    Obama lied. He always lies. Just wait until the employer mandate kicks in next year. Those with company insurance now are going to be getting the same type of shock come benefits enrollment time… just wait.

  • Bruce Baird says:

    I have coverage from CoverColorado. This is the high risk insurance group ran by the state of Colorado. They let us know months ago that our coverage and the program itself would end Jan. 1st 2014. The program wasn’t needed anymore because of Obamacare. I am fairly certain they had over 200,000 customers. Are these part of the 250,000 mentioned in the article or should they be added to the total?

  • Hope the white Obots in CO will pay the most….bwahahahahahaha!!

  • I suggest people show up in force at these exchanges and share our feelings on the matter with them. Perhaps we might want to inform our navigators of our opinion. Maybe gather at the capitol. I think it absolutely must stop this takeover of 1/6 of the economy by our pernicious and socialist president. Taking over the healthcare system is a necessity for marxist dictators. B.O. would be one if we would let him.

  • Bruce Baird says:

    CoverColorado covers about 20,000. Sorry, my mistake. The question remains. Is this above and beyond the 250,000 mentioned in the article?

  • You Did It To Yourself says:

    You voted for him and the Democrats take you medicine. You deserve every thing coming to you, I just hope it makes your life a living hell. You did this to yourselves.

  • jeff says:

    why did i vote for a lying cheating bully that will shut down the government instead of playing nice with the other children. We need
    to vote in a businessman, NOT someone that cannot run a company. We already have that

  • Ouida Griner says:

    A country can only pay for everyone’s immorality just so long. A little redemption is needed. I am looking forward to Billy Graham’s 95th birthday message to America tonite.

  • TC says:

    You were warned. You ignored. Now enjoy what you asked for.

  • I laugh in the face of the ignorant American voter. Fools.

  • John Bryan says:

    Why does a 60yo couple need maternity insurance? Why birth control? It seems the idiot liberals feel that “one shoe fits all” is the way to go. Folks, this isn’t socialism, it’s communism coming down the pike…

  • The fact that only about 3400 people have signed up on the exchange shows the absurdity of Congresswoman DeGette’s claim that people are finding better options there. If you understand the meaning of “guarantee issue,” or, in Colorado, understand the rate differences between the underwritten individual plans and the guarantee issue sole-proprietor plans, you know that it is mathematically impossible that any significant number of people currently in the individual market can possibly get a better deal in the guarantee issue exchange.

  • John Urban says:

    I’m sorry for my fellow Americans in Colorado losing their insurance. But I have no feelings of regret for those of you who voted this incompetent into office because you blindly swallowed his lies.
    And now, I have bigger problems, here in NYC we now have a Marxist Mayor.

  • milly says:

    You clowns deserve this. You voted for him.

  • Paul Richard says:

    Between the hoax’s of Global Warming and Obamacare we might actually see hot air cause climate change.

  • dnhook says:

    What difference does it make? Everyone in Colorado is high anyway. They won’t notice.

  • Mary says:

    There is no lower cost. It is just cost shifting called wealth redistribution. You cannot offer more coverage to more people for less money. Not financially or physically possible. Smoke and mirrors, smoke and mirrors.

    Anyone seen the recent articles on Venezuelan healthcare system collapse? You know the system which is constitutionally guaranteed to cover every single citizen in the country since 1999. Well it is in complete collapse in little more than a decade. Hope and Change does not look so good in reality.

    From AP Nov 6th Doctors Say Venezuela’s Health Care in Collapse

  • Elizabeth says:

    This is so misleading. What everyone who reads stories about cancelled insurance should ask is what were the details of these plans? Most if not all plans that are affected are being cancelled because they don’t meet minimum requriements under the new law: the deductibles are too high ($5000+), basic services and hospitals stays are not covered, etc. This is what the news doesn’t tell you because it de-sensationalizes the story. The reality is that these insurance plans being cancelled are truly junk and I wouldn’t wish them on my worst enemy.

  • milly says:

    So you’re saying the Colorado Insurance Commission was competent when it approved these plans? All states already have oversight of insurance contracts.

  • Radioyada says:

    The president is not to blame, nor is any of the members of the government. You cannot blame a snake for acting like a snake, or a pile of turds for smelling like crap. The sole blame lies on the population that voted them into office by being too dumb to realize they were being lied to, and too lazy to do anything about when they found that fact out. The small numbers of our society that realizes what is going on are vastly outnumbered by the idiots that have been dumbed down by generations of our “public” education and our “media”. Those two words deserve to be in quotes, as we really have neither any more.

  • J D SMITH says:

    The cost of Obummercare will never go down, healthcare will never be cheaper. Let’s see how many of the 25 to 35 year olds are going to sign up to fund this BS, answer not very many. So, how is this thing going to get paid for, well going to have to raise the premiums, probably every year, no relief.

  • John Urban says:

    the guy defending obamacare fails to mention the higher deductables under it.
    only the parasites that get a totally fee ride or a subsidy think it’s a good sound healthcare plan.
    It will fail because younger people arent having it, and will pay the penalty…what genius came up with the penalty rule, some fool who knew nothing about human behavior

  • Thomas says:

    At the end of the article it sounds like they are blaming ObamaCare on the Republicans?

  • John Urban says:

    the CBO(congressional budget office) the bureaucracy the Democrats love to cite, predicts that there will still be approximately 30 million uninsured after full implementation of obamacare….
    what a successful program!

  • Lenny says:

    Keep pounding this simple message, share it, forward it, copy it, paste it.

    If you lose your coverage, your doctor, your insurance BLAME a democrat. Next time you go and vote…remember WHO did this to YOU.

    The Democratic Party did. That’s WHO.

  • Aberdeen Vet says:

    Notice how the Democrat Congresswoman DeGette manages to blame Republicans for previous cost increases of health contracts, as if Democrats had no affect on increasing costs of living with their regulations and tax increases.

  • Marcie says:

    Some of the plans offered on Connect for Health Colorado (obamacare) have deductibles that are $6500 and then 30% coinsurance….so what kind of coverage is that?? I saw a plan that doesn’t even cover costs of preventative care/dr. visits until you meet your deductible and after that you still pay 10% co insurance. So tell me how those are considered a quality plan?? I would call those “junk” as well Elizabeth…. so what exactly are the minimum requirements?? The simple fact of it is we were LIED to…thankfully I didn’t fall for the lie and vote for Obama, but unfortunately I am reaping the reprocussions anyways.

  • chaz helquist says:

    Fact: Subsidy is nothing more than welfare being paid for by other taxpayers. It is afordable because others who work for a living are paying all or part of your premium. Since we already run a defiicit – we will borrow money from others at interest to pay for this welfare. Real smart way to further bankrupt the United States. Dumb and Dumber.

  • Max17 says:

    I love all the feel-good stories of liberal societal mooches suffering under Emperor Big Ears. How ’bout that black unemployment rate? ROFL!

  • John Wolford says:

    Stupid F***ing Obots, please pause while I take a moment to laugh at you…..hard.

  • Buzz says:

    ““I think it’s been a big shock for people getting these letters, but many of them have been able to log on to the exchange and get better plans at a lower cost,” Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-Denver, told FOX31 Denver Wednesday.”

    This is the same moron that “said banning high-capacity in ammunition magazines would be effective in reducing gun violence because “the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.”

    She hasn’t a clue in the difference between an ammo magazine and a bullet. But what else should we expect from a dummycrat?

    NEVER expect a democrat to tell the truth, especiall Obama

  • Buzz says:

    Diana DeGette is the same m*o*r*o*n that said “banning high-capacity in ammunition magazines would be effective in reducing gun violence because “the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.”

    She hasn’t a clue of the difference between an ammo magazine and a bullet. But what else should be expecte of a dummycrat.

    NEVER expect a democrat to tell the truth, especially Obama

  • Tim Vronay says:

    85% of those plans canceled in Colorado because they did not provide maternity care for those beyond reproduction years

  • rj chicago says:

    I grew up in Colorado and I well remember the days when CO was a strong conservative state and well……things were normal, i.e. one could go to work w/out wondering what lurked around the corner, one could go to a doctor w/out wondering if you could actually be treated, one could own property w/out wondering if some bozo was gonna sue you for some environmental malfeasance and on and on.
    My question folks – is what are you as conservatives going to do to STAND UP to these liberal destroyers who will do nothing but leave rubble behind and move on to the next piece of geography in order to consume it? STAND UP and stop the INSANITY!!

  • Marie says:

    Just wait to see what Obama and the democrats are doing behind closed door for income taxes, you will curse him for the rest of your life.
    Your IRAs and 401k will be nationalized to pay for Obamacare care costs that will be astronomical in the coming years.

  • Doug says:

    STOP voting DEMOCRATS into office. Have any of YOU learned your lesson yet?

  • Scotty G. says:

    Central Planning knows what is best for you.

  • The state of CO voted for Obama… elections have consequences … you get what you deserve.

  • These democrats decided to “pass it to find out what is in it”, which is a better description of a stool sample then a health care plan.

    They had to grant waivers, political favors, and tell outright LIES to their fellow democrats to get this passed. Without all the lies and corrupt acts they would never have passed it so we could find out what’s in it.

    Now everyday, as we sort through this stool sample that was passed, want we are finding is worse then ever imagined. You can not keep your plan, it doesn’t save money, doctors/hospitals are running away from it, and many of the lower income people are going to be converted to part time, thereby making them even more poor.

    I am a small business owner and we are converting 80% of our staff to 25 hours or less, all for a law that wasn’t supposed to apply to us, but does as soon as we gave our manager health benefits. Now per the law, we have to either give the same to all or convert them to part time, even though we are only a business of 10 people. So much for that “doesn’t effect businesses under 50 people” Obama LIE as well, because it absolutely does if you tried to provide any benefit at all. So millions of small businesses are going to be faced with similar issues, drop any partial coverage you have, or convert everyone who you don’t want to cover into part-time employees. Because increasing that cost by 10x or 20x isn’t an option, despite what idiot democrats might think.

    This thing is a joke. It is going to crumble under its own weight, increase cost, decrease salaries, and shove the bulk of uninsured folks into an already bankrupt and substandard medicare/medicaid system that many doctors will not accept. Wait and see, even more of these people will be getting their healthcare via the emergency rooms as well. This turd is only going to smell worse as we start picking out the nuggets.

    AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OWNS 100% OF IT… They have screwed the middle class, and screwed the lower class even worse, pretty much the exact opposite of what these liars promised and the worst part is they knew it. They knew 3+ years ago as shown by recent document dumps and instead of slamming on the brakes they stepped on the gas. This is the biggest travesty ever perpetrated on the American people.

  • Nice attempt, in many ways, at blaming Republicans in the last paragraph.

  • RotalSnart says:

    What HASN’T Obama lied about, sheeple?????

  • JG says:

    “You can keep your healthcare plan – Period”

    ***DOES NOT EQUAL***

    “You can keep you healthcare plan, subject to the contractual agreement between you and the insurance company’

  • RotalSnart says:

    If you like ObowelCare, you’ll love ObowelAmnesty!!!!

    American companies will be paid $3000 each time the fire an American Citizen and replace them with an illegal!!!!!

  • RotalSnart says:

    If you like ObowelCare, you’ll love ObowelAmnesty!!!!

    American companies will be paid $3000 each time the fire an American Citizen and replace them with an illegal!!!!!

  • Wally Hyatt says:

    Way to go m-o-r-o-n-s… you axed for it, you gots it!

  • hunter says:

    Just another Allinskyite bait-and-switch. Why is anyone surprised?

  • alhorvath says:

    Good. Colorado voted for Obama and Obamacare. F them.

  • Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha says:

    Since Colorado voters voted in Obama for the second term they got what they deserved. I sincerely hope that Obama care strips them of all dignity, all sense of safety, and leave them to the mercy of the whims and fancies of their ever loving President and his health care.

  • Malik Nidal says:

    EVERYTHING the TEA Party warned you about is true.

    12 million individual plans are being cancelled right now.
    93 million employer-provided plans get cancelled next year.

    & the Obama Regime knew these would be the numbers ways back in 2010…he just kept lying right to your face for another 3 years, and HE’S STILL LYING!

  • Joe says:

    You Coloradans deserve it, and more. You moe-rons!

  • Jim Windon says:

    Glad to see those who voted for this pervaricator are the ones suffering the consequences.

  • jenny says:

    serves us right for going blue last November. And to think there are still Priuses in Whole Foods parking lots all over the Denver metro area with Obama stickers fading proudly on their bumpers…

  • T D Vann says:

    Colorado was a RED state, I grew up here. Then the Californicators moved in and said What a great state; low crime, great roads, good schools. Let’s change it. And they did, for the worse. I’m at that stage where I’m planning to retire. I’m going to shut my business,take my money and move out of this liberal hell hole for the last Free State, Texas. Go F**K yourselves you liberal democrat pukes. You’ve ruined another state.

  • CB says:

    George Soros says they his family fortune will personally shoulder the fianancial burden of the Obama”care” subsides.

  • Max17 says:

    This is my favorite news story for today. obama voters suffer. Hahahaha!

  • Dan says:

    Democrat communism is here

  • Are those 250,000 on their knees thanking their lucky stars that Big Government has saved them from serfdom at the hands of the evil insurance companies?

  • Tom Sanders says:

    NO BIG DEAL….when you’re on your death bed waiting to get signed up….you can pull that lever for democrats.

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