Affordable Care Act

In this March 23, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington. If Obama's health care law survives Supreme Court scrutiny, it will be nearly a decade before all its major pieces are in place. The law's carefully orchestrated phase-in is evidence of what's at stake in the Supreme Court deliberations that start March 26, 2012. With Obama are Marcelas Owens of Seattle, left, and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right; from top left are Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Vice President Joe Biden, Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., Ryan Smith of Turlock, Calif., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Arizona residents will be offered health-insurance plans with some of the lowest premiums in the country when federal insurance marketplaces begin open enrollment on Tuesday, Oct. 1 under Obamacare, the government said on Oct. 25.

The report by the Department of Health and Human Services said Arizona’s premiums were as low as the fourth lowest, and no worse than 12th cheapest, when different policy levels were compared among 47 states and the District of Columbia.

Eleven states and the District will run their own plans, while 36 states — including Arizona — will have marketplaces managed by the federal government.

In Arizona, the rates ranged from an apparent low of $120 a month for a single 27-year-old on a basic plan to as much as $705 for a 64-year-old with a high-end coverage plan, according to the report.

Those are averages for those groups in Arizona — actual rates will vary based on where a consumer lives, their income and age, and rates may be revised before the marketplaces open Oct. 1, the report said.

No matter their age or where they live, however, consumers in Arizona will be able to choose from more than 75 plans and at least six insurers. The average for the 36 federally managed states was 53 plans and eight insurers, though Alabama and West Virginia will have just one or two insurers and a handful of plans.

“In those states that have lots of insurers competing with each other and are offering many different choices for consumers, those rates tend to be lower,” said Dr. Dan Derksen, director of the University of Arizona’s Center for Rural Health.

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Lowest premiums perhaps but add these back inwhen you start feeling all warm and fuzzy...

Obamacare Medical Device Tax *
Obamacare High Medical Bills Tax
Obamacare Flexible Spending Account Tax
Obamacare Super Saver Surtax
Obamacare Medicare Payroll Tax Increase
Obamacare Individual Mandate Non-Compliance Tax
Obamacare Employer Mandate Tax **
Obamacare Tax on Health Insurers
Obamacare Tax on Union Member and Early Retiree Health Insurance Plans

* A tax on GROSS SALES even if the company lost money it is taxed. Obama voters: that means they will be forced to raise prices and/or fire workers and grandma’s hip replacement will cost more.
** The one that was delayed

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