Health care

Some Nebraskans’ premiums to triple under ObamaCare

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Todd Blome's phone has been ringing off the hook this week with clients seeking tax advice after learning they'll get a "shocking increase" in their health insurance premiums when Obamacare's health insurance exchanges begin operating. 

Letters have been landing in mailboxes all over Nebraska explaining the impact Obamacare will have on people who buy insurance coverage on their own, rather than through work. 

Blome, a Lincoln accountant, understands: He got a letter, too. 

Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska informed Blome his health care plan will terminate at year's end, and if he wants to move to a similar plan his new premium will go up 65 percent, costing him nearly $4,000 more per year. 

He distinctly remembers President Obama looking into TV cameras and assuring Americans they would be able to keep their doctors, and policies. 

His letter says otherwise. 

"Stupid me, I took the president literally," Blome said. 

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