Ohioans eligible to enroll in Obamacare Oct. 1

Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans will become eligible on Oct. 1 to sign up for health insurance heavily subsidized by the federal government.
Tom Jackson
Sep 19, 2013
They’ll be joined by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who also plans to use the new health insurance marketplace to buy health insurance.

In a phone conference with reporters, Brown said when he entered Congress 20 years ago — he began with the House before moving over to the Senate — he promised he would not accept Congressional health coverage until everyone else in America had access to health insurance.

Now that a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, or Obama Care, is going into effect, Brown said he will use the health insurance marketplace to buy his own health insurance.

Enrollment starts Oct. 1 for coverage in a private health insurance policy in effect Jan. 1.

Brown apparently won’t qualify for a subsidy and will have to pay the full premium for the coverage, but many other Ohioans can get help.

Ron Pollack, president of Families USA, a group that lobbies for health care coverage, told reporters that people living alone who earn less than $46,000, and families of three below $78,000, will be among those who qualify for help.

“Those people who need the most help will get the most help,” Pollack said.

For example, he said, a family of three with an income of $29,000 will get a subsidy of almost $7,300, covering most of the cost of a $8,250 premium.

Although the “carrot” to buy health insurance starts soon, the stick is also due to arrive. Beginning in 2014, anyone who can afford health insurance but doesn’t buy it by the end of March 2014 will pay a federal income tax penalty. The penalty is small in 2014, but will continue to rise, Pollard said.

Facts about Obama Care provisions going into effect soon:

• People who need information about buying health insurance can go to healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.

• An estimated 916,000 Ohioans will qualify for subsidies to help them buy health insurance. q Enrollment starts Oct. 1, but coverage goes into effect Jan. 1.

• The federal government will operate the health care marketplace for Ohio because Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Legislature declined to operate a state marketplace.

• Starting Jan. 1, Ohioans with existing serious health conditions can no longer be denied coverage or charged more for coverage. This provision is expected to help more than 5 million Ohioans.

• Grants have been awarded to Ohio organizations that will supply “navigators,” people who will provide counseling on choosing a health insurance program. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks will provide navigators and hold a series of enrollment events across the state, said Joree Jacobs, a spokeswoman for the group. She said people should go to healthcare. gov first, then call the association for help at 1-800-648-1176.



Like the 401(k) (defined contribution) pension plans that preceded the demise of the defined benefit pension in the private sector; health care exchanges may proceed the death of employer provided health care plans.

Your employer may just give you a check and let you buy your own.

"Walgreens moves workers to private health-care exchange"



It's better than cutting people's hours plus Walgreens probably is not affected due to the number of employees they have! Let me explain for pooh. It is better to tell your employees to get the health exchange coverage than to cut their hours! It's cheaper!


Re: "It's better than cutting people's hours,"

Did you ACTUALLY read the article?


Did YOU ACTUALLY read and comprehend the article!???????? This one, you know the one you are commenting on!


Re: "This one,"

You mean the by-line which states: "heavily subsidized"?

Good luck with YET ANOTHER tax, borrow and spend Ponzi scheme Bambie.


Did you read the part about cutting hours? You had no problem when Wall St. got subsidized! What's the problem pooh?


Re: "You had no problem when Wall St. got subsidized"

The Dems passed TARP and Stimulus with few Repub votes Bambie.

Seems like the rich are getting richer goin' on 5 yrs. of Mr. Obama.

And he had NOTHING to do with it. LMFAO!!!


Did you have a problem with it? YES or NO! Circle one! lol...


Re: "Did you,"

I wrote EARLY & OFTEN I was against it.

And did you read in the WP article where it said:

"...there is a risk that employees will choose plans that are inexpensive yet provide inadequate coverage."

Be forewarned: Employers will be dumping their employees on the exchanges.

The Big Dog's back

pooh likes to comment 1st so he can go off topic.


Re: "likes to comment,"

You're off topic putz.


Winnie's favorite words "Ponzi scheme". Say it somemore.........


Re: Say it somemore........."

I could use the term pyramid scheme, but ignoramuses like you would think that it has something to do with ancient Egypt.

And yes, Obama☭are is yet ANOTHER pyramid scheme in the same vein as SS, Medicare and other entitlement programs.

Prove me wrong putz.


Re: "It is better to tell your employees to get the health exchange coverage,"

Yea, working at Walgreens is such a GREAT paying job!

AGAIN, read the WP article Bozo.

401(k)s have not been good for most employees because they are financially ignorant and don't know squat about investing.

Likewise, these HC exchanges are about education and most employees are again ignorant and will make poor choices - see the article Dunce.

All the slow witted like you have to remember is: Trust Obama. :)

sandtown born a...

Let the Obama bashing begin!


My husband has insurance through his job that his employer wants to drop and may have legal recourse to do. She stopped paying for the family plan years ago and said we could purchase our own but at $400 a month it wasn't something we could afford. I don't know if there will be an option for me or not or if I can afford it but I am certainly going to check into it. If I only get penalized 1% of my income for not having though, that won't be that much!


That's only the penalty for the first year. They go up — dramatically — with each passing year. In the end, you can't afford the monthly insurance premium. You can't afford the fines. The IRS can attach your bank account since it's enforcing Obamacare (and don't think it won't) so you won't be able to afford other things, either. And then? Then the powers that be in Washington will nod sagely and give us the single payer plan that doesn't work well anywhere, which costs taxpayers a bloody fortune, which further erodes the quality of healthcare, which ALWAYS results in rationing, and somehow we're all supposed to pretend that's a good thing.

Sorry. I'm not criticizing you in any way. I'm venting because I'm in the same boat!


Smokers got it. Next the fatties. Told ya.


This is a good law and will benefit millions of Americans.


Re: "This is a good law,"

Undoubtedly why the liberal members of the Political Ruling Class had to shove it down the throats of the American people with fancy legislative footwork.




C O N T A N G O O O O O!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





The Bizness

If wanting everyone to have access to medicine and not having to file for bankruptcy after receiving it is Soviet Russian thinking then I guess I am a Soviet.

I really wish you would have discussions on here rather than call people names all the time. By the way, I wish some liberal commentators on here would stay away from the name calling as well.

Let's just discuss the topic and maybe come to some middle ground.


Re: "Soviet Russian thinking,"

The Soviet constitution GUARANTEED health coverage. It was rife with waste, fraud, abuse and corruption.

Where's it at now???

What's wrong with a free market approach?

The dumbed-down solution always is: Let Govt. do it.

The Bizness

Whats wrong with the free market approach?

1. Insurers are out to make money

2. Hospitals are out to make money

3. Pharmaceuticals are out to make money

Health care should not be a business to make money. Yes doctors should get paid and drugs should be given (As a last resort) but they should not function the same as a steel mill or multinational.

The doctors that actually care about your health are the ones that do not like the free market approach.


Re: "Health care should not be a business to make money,"


Not-for-profit does NOT mean FOR LOSS.

Without a profit, businesses, even NFPs can't expand and grow.

So healthcare workers are going to work for free or minimum wage?

Dr. Ben Carson had some good free market ideas - Health Savings Accounts for EVERYONE, et al.

Besides, approx. 70% of health problems are caused by:

Obesity &
Lack of exercise.

Unless ya get a handle on those, any govt. "solution" is nonsense.

Darwin's choice

"This is a good law and will benefit millions..." How about the failure of Obama to enact "law" to keep this from happening?

From Druckenmiller...

"This is fantastic for every rich person," he said Thursday, a day after the Fed's stunning decision to delay tightening its monetary policy. "This is the biggest redistribution of wealth from the middle class and the poor to the rich ever."


Okay, deertracker, if this is such a good law, why is it resulting in so many serious problems even before it's in effect? Why are expert economists, including those with the government, saying it's going to be a fiscal disaster? Why is the law going to result in longer waits and fewer doctors (look no further than California's exchange)?

And if you STILL think it's a good law, explain to me how it's a good thing for people who can't currently afford premiums to pay even HIGHER premiums under Obamacare?


You are in the minoritym that believes this is a good thing. Heck, even the unions are now coming out against it.