There is always scant mention of those of us who provide our own insurance because our employers don't provide it. We are the "individually insured" who don't qualify for a subsidy under the Affordable Care Act, and my premiums are dreadful ("Thanks, Obamacare," Sept. 19).
After the 20 percent hike last year from CareFirst, I went from the least expensive silver plan to the cheapest plan of all. This year, it looks like our premiums will rise again — at least another 20 percent. I am guessing my premiums will be hovering around $500 per month. My deductible is the out-of-pocket maximum of $6,500.
Why not give those of us who self-insure a tax break and make our premiums deductible like they are, I believe, for the self employed? I am in the worst possible age bracket to be individually insured — in my 60s. My next stop is Medicare.
I have maintained my own insurance for most of my adult life, but now I am being priced out of the market. I agree that we all need to be insured but there is a big problem here for some of us.
Beth Plein, Cockeysville