Earlier this month, Fox News' Sean Hannity interviewed three couples who were supposedly victims of the "Obamacare Train Wreck," which turned out to be false.
Yesterday, Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto" presented two more supposed victims of Obamacare (video below).
According to MediaMatters.org, Fox News failed to mention that both people refused to use their state exchanges via Obamacare.
Cavuto interviewed Deborah Cavallaro, who received a notice from her health insurance company saying that her current coverage, which costs $293, would be replaced by a new insurance plan (with more coverage) that would be $484 per month.
Let's assume that Deborah has a high enough income that she isn't eligible for subsidies. I put in that I was 45 years old and got nine different choices for a Bronze plan, which in all likelihood most closely resembles what Deborah has now.
The average monthly cost was $258, or $35 a month less than what Deborah's paying now for her bare-bones plan. And that's for a plan that, while it's the least expensive option, almost certainly involves less cost-sharing that what Deborah has to deal with now. She can get a Silver plan, with more generous coverage, for $316, only $23 more than she's paying now. Congratulations, Deborah!
Cavuto also interviewed Richard Helgren, who received a notice from his insurance company that his current $559 a month plan (with his wife) "would no longer be available because of changes under the ACA."
Helgren also said that a new plan, offered by his insurance company, would be much more expensive.
His insurance company blamed Obamacare for the higher rate, which it chose to set, so Helgren followed their lead and blamed Obamacare too.
Like Cavallaro, he had previously told the same story to NBC News.
Unlike Fox News, NBC News reported that Helgren refused to shop through the Obamacare exchange and instead went through an insurance agent:
The higher costs spooked him and his wife, who have painstakingly planned for their retirement years. "Every dollar we didn't plan for erodes our standard of living," Helgren said.
Ultimately, though Helgren opted not to shop through the ACA exchanges, he was able to apply for a good plan with a slightly lower premium through an insurance agent.