|Health-care savings are floating down on Euclid Avenue in Hackensack.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
Thank you, Mr. President, for saving me money on health insurance for my wife and son, and F.U., Governor Christie, for making the enrollment process as difficult as possible.
This morning, I signed up for two Affordable Care Act health insurance policies that will save me about $150 a month, compared to what I paid this year to North Jersey Media Group, publisher of The Record, where I worked for 29 years.
NJMG cancelled the Aetna policies, effective Dec. 31, telling me and other retirees to seek coverage under Barack Obama's federal initiative.
But Christie and conservatives governors in 35 other states refused to set up their own state Web sites -- hoping to derail health-care reform.
That forced me and millions of other shoppers to apply and buy coverage on healthcare.gov, the federal site that broke down from unusually high demand in October and November.
Two no-deductible AmeriHealth Insurance Company of New Jersey "platinum" policies will cost me $850.63 a month, compared to $1,004.27 I paid monthly to NJMG -- more than my pension.
This month, I made several calls and got cut off a few times before I spoke on separate occasions to Chris, Sharon, Karen and Elizabeth at a federal health-care call center in Boise, Idaho.
I filled out an application three times, once online and twice over the phone. It was a hassle, but in a few months, all I'll remember is the $150-a-month savings.
The story about the federal health-care Web site on the front page of The Record today is relentlessly negative, with not a single success story, just like all of the previous stories (A-1).
Christie's role in gumming up the works hasn't been mentioned in The Record for many, many months, as the Woodland Park daily continues to groom the GOP bully for a presidential run in 2016.
Look at the idiotic headline on the Page 1 story about Teterboro Airport:
Allegedly crooked court officials, a clueless woman in an SUV who almost got squashed by a train, arrests, an indictment and court news -- all are grist for the local-news mill run by desperate Deputy Assignment Editor Dan Sforza (L-1 to L-6).