Now that winter is finally over, it’s Obamacare Rate Hike Season

April showers bring May flowers. And May flowers bring … Obamacare rate hikes!

Maryland Obamacare insurers CareFirst, BlueCross, and BlueShield plan to raise rates for an HMO plan on the law’s exchanges by 18 percent, and 91 percent for an extended network, or PPO, plan.

Yikes. Ninety One Percent. Dude, go all out and make it an even 100, the math is easier.

A few days ago Virginia’s insurers also announced double-digit rate increases. Because Virginia is for broke lovers.

Remember when we were all gonna save $2500 per year? Yeah, that’s not funny anymore.

Obamacare is a disaster. President Trump, please make it go away.

Remember when Obamacare was going to cut down on emergency room visits?

Yeah, me neither.

Too many Americans get care in emergency rooms instead of doctors offices — and expanded health coverage is making the problem worse rather than fixing it.

Three in four emergency room doctors said patient visits have increased since the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to have health insurance went into effect, in an email survey released Monday by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

That’s not the news some healthcare advocates had hoped for. The thought was that by expanding health coverage to more people, they would get their ailments treated earlier by primary care doctors and could avoid visiting emergency rooms, which already struggle with an overload of patients.

Everything about Obamacare is a lie.

“I think a lot of people shared our hope that when you gave people access to Medicaid, they would go to the doctor, get preventive care and not need to go to the emergency department,” said Katherine Baicker, a health economics professor at Harvard. “That’s a reasonable hope.”

“Hope.” It’s such a reasonable strategy. If you’re a moron.

Serious people don’t put all their faith in “hope.”

Obamacare update: 50,000 more plan cancellations coming before November midterm elections

State-run media keeps trying to tell me “Obamacare is working.”

Who should I believe, them, or my lyin’ eyes?

Thousands of Americans will see their health plans cancelled before the November elections in a development that could boost critics of ObamaCare.

The Morning Consult, a Washington-based policy publication, reported that nearly 50,000 people will lose their current health coverage in the coming weeks.

The figure encompasses cancellations announced by insurance departments and providers in Kentucky, Alaska, Tennessee, New Mexico, North Carolina, Maine and Colorado.

The possible political consequences are clear in states like Kentucky, where Senate Minority Leader and leading ObamaCare critic Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is defending his seat against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Nearly 14,000 people in the state are set to lose their health plans, most of which are offered by Humana, the Morning Consult reported.

Remember when if you liked your health insurance, you could keep your health insurance?

Yeah, me neither.

Beware the Obamacare death tax

Obamacare giveth, and Obamacare taketh away.

Though many may not realize it, states are allowed to recover the cost of health care after someone’s death by seizing their assets. It applies to Medicaid recipients who are between the ages of 55 and 64. The law has been in place since 1993, when Congress realized states were going broke over rising Medicaid expenses.

But under ObamaCare, Medicaid eligibility has expanded dramatically along with the promise that the federal government will pick up the cost of the higher tab — at least for the first few years, after which states will be on the hook for a portion of the increase.

Millions more are entering the system, perhaps without knowing that their assets could be at risk.

Twenty-three states are in on the scam, and they’re salivating over how much more money they can vacuum up from grieving families.

In 2004, California collected $44.6 million through estate recovery. It’s a number that is certain to rise dramatically. MediCal officials tell Fox News they expect 1 million-2 million additional enrollees by 2015.

Minnesota, a much smaller state than California, managed to collect $25 million in 2004. It, too, is keeping its estate recovery policy in place.

If you’re on Obamacare, my advice is “don’t get sick.” And if you do get sick, don’t die.

In the Hotel Obamacare you can check out any time you want. Oh, wait, no you can’t

There’s no way to leave Obamacare.

Think it’s hard to enroll in ObamaCare? Try getting out of it.

Missouri resident Lesli Hill learned the hard way that terminating an Affordable Care Act plan can be far more difficult than navigating the website to buy one. She spent six weeks being bounced from operator to operator, calling the help line, using the online chat, blasting out emails to anyone who would listen, before ultimately driving to Kansas City last week to enlist her insurance company’s help. Only then was she able to break through the bureaucratic logjam, and cancel her policy.

Here’s her story:

Hill first tried the help line, and “literally was on hold for several hours a day,” she said. After multiple attempts, without much luck, she tried the online chat. She was redirected back to the help line. The “script” that operators were reading from did not seem to address how someone could actually cancel a plan.

Hill continued to call the help line around the holidays, and eventually was given the impression that, at last, the plan was terminated.

But then, a $950 premium was withdrawn from her account — which she knew meant she was still enrolled.

Hill went on a blitz, breaking through to another layer at the help line. But the answer she was given was that cancellations are handled by a “special department,” the number of which could not be given out.

“He said, ‘I’m not allowed to tell you that,'” Hill told “You’ve got to be kidding me.”

They’re not allowed to tell you how to get out of Obamacare. Think about that. Then join the Tea Party, before it’s too late.

She kept pressing, to no avail. Then she got angry.

Hill started shooting emails all over Missouri, to the governor, the state’s two senators in Congress, the Missouri insurance department and others.

Then, as a last-ditch play, she got in her car and drove to Kansas City, hoping Blue Cross Blue Shield would know the “backdoor” to end the coverage.

Fortunately for her, she said the insurance company was helpful, and worked through the federal help line with her until finally reaching someone who, despite not being pleasant about it, said the plan would be discontinued. She later confirmed it was.

Obamacare puts the “fun” in dysfunctional!

Most people would have just given up. You know that’s what they’re counting on. They don’t have to care, they’re the government.

A delay a day keeps Obamacare in play

This time it’s the enrollment deadline for people with pre-existing conditions.

The White House announced Tuesday that it would again extend the Obamacare enrollment deadline for persons with pre-existing conditions.

The deadline for the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP) will be moved to March 15, up from its previous deadline of Jan. 31.

“As part of our continuing effort to help smooth consumers’ transition into Marketplace coverage, we are allowing those covered by PCIP additional time to shop for new coverage while they receive the ongoing care and treatment they need,” Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in a statement.

The Tuesday announcement is the second time that the Obama administration — without the approval or consent of Congress — has decided to move up the PCIP enrollment deadline. The original deadline was scheduled for the end of December. Of course, the White House decided in December to extend its original deadline because of failure of the online federal health care exchanges.

They keep making up the rules as they go along.

“The new extension is just the latest in a string of unilateral delays the administration has implemented to buy time after the disastrous rollout of,” The Hill reported.

“The Obama administration has so far delayed the premium payments deadline, delayed by one week the sign-up date for coverage beginning Jan. 1, pushed back by six weeks the sign-up date for those seeking coverage by April 1, and delayed the second-year enrollment period until after the 2014 elections,” the report adds.

Again, the White House never consulted or sought the approval of Congress for these changes, which is odd considering that the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that Obamacare is constitutional so long as it’s considered a tax.

Funny how they never delay my income tax payment deadlines.