Couple unable to afford Obamacare jump to their death


NEW YORK — In Murray Hill, a husband and wife who were troubled over health care costs jumped to their deaths early Friday. Authorities said the couple left suicide notes pleading for the care of their children.

Reports state the man and woman were both in their mid-50s. Their bodies were discovered on 33rd Street between Park and Madison Avenues.

A suicide note was found in the woman’s pocket that read, according to sources, in part: “In sum and substance, ‘Our kids are upstairs, please take care of them.’”

The man also had a suicide note in his pocket that read: “’We both have medical issues, we just can’t afford the health care.’”

Their identities have yet to be released.

The picture below is of one suicide note police found:

Last month, New York’s health insurers requesting double-digit rate increases for Obamacare policies for 2018.  Meanwhile, last year, the state Department of Financial Services approved an average 16.6 percent hike for individual policies and an average 8.3 percent for small group policies on the state’s Obamacare exchange — the highest in four years.

New York health plans have requested double-digit rate hikes in each of the past three years.

According to the New York Post, there are 3.6 million New Yorkers who obtain health insurance through the ACA. That’s about 18 percent, or nearly one in five New Yorkers.

But more than two-thirds — 2.72 million — obtain coverage through public health insurance programs Medicaid and Child Health Plus.

Another 665,324 lower-income residents are enrolled in the heavily subsidized Essential Plan for those who don’t qualify for Medicaid but have incomes under 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

The remaining 242,880 are enrolled in private health plans and 59 percent receive tax credits.

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