I'm looking to go that route again, but man...I looked at the health sherpa site that shows what obamacare offers in my area, and deductibles on anything but near gold plans is over $3K?!?!?
I got a technically silver PPO plan (effectively gold if I stay in network with Blue Cross) that is compatible with an HSA. (HSAs are great) Cost to me is about $300/month and I get no subsidy. $4800 out of pocket max and $3K deductible. Everyone worries about the deductible but that isn't the important bit. The important bit is the out of pocket max. Health insurance isn't supposed to be to pay for your regular checkup. It's to keep you from going bankrupt if something serious happens.
I would end up on many plans paying about $3K a year in premiums AND $3K+ in deductibles before I started having any insurance kick in. WFT?
That's what an HSA is for. You put in $3K pretax and use that to pay the deductibles. Any plan compatible with an HSA has a minimum deductible of $1250/year. Only "high deductible" health insurance plans are compatible with HSAs.
Sadly, I think we're stuck with obamacare, and it won't be repealed, but it needs to seriously be altered
Sadly? I disagree. I think changes will (and should) be made in due time, but the basic goals it accomplishes are good ones. It removes the tie between employment and health insurance, it eliminates the pre-existing conditions problem and it prevents insurance companies from dropping you when you get sick. We can debate the details of how to deliver those things but the fact that they are possible now is a Good Thing.
I think we're good with disallowing the pre-existing conditions, but aside from that, I can't see much that helps me or most people at my level of IT income or stage of life that is good about ACA as it currently stands...
You are missing the other really important bit, namely that your insurance is no longer tied to your employer. No one should lose health insurance simply because they lost their job.