It took 62 days for one man to get a quote from the federal government’s Obamacare marketplace.
Dave Petno, an insurance broker and blogger based in Ohio, wrote Sunday that just over 2 months after first attempting to obtain a health insurance quote for his family, HealthCare.gov finally delivered.
And according to Petno, his insurance costs would shoot up by 52% for a worse plan than the one his family currently has.
“My family currently has an HSA Plan through Anthem with a $6,000 Deductible, and $6,000 OOP Maximum,” Petno wrote. “We currently pay $735/month for this plan design.”
Under Obamacare, for Petno to keep a $6,000 deductible with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, his monthly premium will increase to $1117.15 — a 52% jump.
“It is also important to note that the Anthem Marketplace plan includes MANY Fewer hospitals and doctors and does not include The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Summa Health System, and Ohio State University Hospitals, among others,” Petno noted.
On his blog, Petno has been documenting his attempts at using the federal Obamacare exchange system since the site launched on October 1.
On December 1, after trying “every day” to get a quote from HealthCare.gov, Petno says “decided to start from the very first step, and create a brand new account, with a new email address and a new password.”
After a 1 hour, 8 minute process he finally was looking at a quote. But Petno says he’s a licensed insurance professional, and would have an easier time than most people in navigating the Obamacare sign-up process.