#Obamacare Victims Come from All Over

| December 12 2013

At this morning’s Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was asked by Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA) about the more than 5 million Americans who have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare. Her response, “I don’t know where the 5 million number comes from,” is indicative of the Obama administration’s continual blind eye to this issue that is hurting individuals and their families. We can assure the Secretary that those who have lost their insurance come from all over the country.

Arizona

Byron and his family of 10 will have to look elsewhere for insurance next year, as his plan will be cancelled in November 2014. His premium went up 14% last month, and he and his family are wondering how they will make ends meet. He says, I am just an average American. If I am hurting, how are the other millions doing”  (Constituent mailwww.gop.gov/yourstory)

California

Kim is a 57-year-old stay-at-home mom. She received a notice that her insurance will be cancelled on December 31st. A “comparable” new plan has a 59.6% higher premium and has a higher deductible increase of $2,000. The only additional coverage this new plan offers is prenatal care, which Kim does not want or need. (Constituent mailwww.gop.gov/yourstory)

Debra is a registered Democrat who has voted for Obama. She thinks “the healthcare changes are a disaster.” Her health insurance plan will be cancelled at the end of the month, and the least expensive option offered to her is double her current coverage. Debra says, “This is a massive bait and switch perpetrated on the American people. If this was any other consumer purchase, it would not be tolerated–but as tax payers we have no protection at all from this fraud.” (Constituent mail,www.gop.gov/yourstory)

Bob has purchased health insurance for his family for over 35 years. Since Obamacare was passed, his premiums have shot up by 60%. In October Bob got notice that his policy would be cancelled, since it did not provide coverage required by Obamacare.  (Constituent mail,www.gop.gov/yourstory)

Colorado

“Wagner and her husband retired early. She was a nurse for 35 years and championed Obamacare, until she received a letter from her insurance company saying it was canceling her policy.” (Colorado woman who championed Obamacare loses insurance plan, CBS Denver, November 8, 2013)

Connecticut

Cynthia is a nurse, and she and her family recently lost their health insurance because it was “noncompliant” with Obamacare. The new plans available to them have a $500 monthly increase and a $3,000 deductible. (Constituent mailwww.gop.gov/yourstory)

Idaho

“Mark A. York, a 60-year-old freelance writer in Hailey, Idaho, said he began shopping after he received a letter saying that his current insurance policy would be canceled because it did not meet the requirements of the health care law. In the exchange, he said, he found policies with premiums similar to what he is now paying, $440 a month, but ‘the deductibles were so high — $4,000 to $6,000 a year — that it defeats the purpose of having insurance.'” (On health exchanges, premiums may be low, but other costs can be high, Robert Pear, New York Times, December 9, 2013)

Michigan

“Joan Carrico, a 60-year old registered nurse who has been fighting cancer for the past six years, shared her her Obamacare experience with CNBC.com in November. She liked her insurance policy but unexpectedly received a cancellation notice with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.” (Cancer patient: I’m devastated over Obamacare, Joan Carrico, CNBC, December 11, 2013)

Missouri

Patrick is self employed and just got word that his insurance plan has been cancelled. Since there are only two companies offering policies in Missouri, Patrick does not have many options. The cheapest replacement policy costs 59% more per month than what he was paying, and his primary care physician is excluded. Good, nearby hospitals are also excluded. (Constituent mail,www.gop.gov/yourstory)

New Hampshire

New Hampshire resident Robert received the dreaded cancellation notice for his existing health insurance policy. While looking for a replacement, Robert found ACA-compatible policies do not cover any expenses incurred at out of network doctors or hospitals. He lives close to Boston, but ACA policies do not cover these nearby doctors and hospitals. He says, “Since our state has only one research hospital, people with serious illnesses or injuries that need complex medical care are almost always referred to one of the major hospitals in Boston. So if you, or one of your children get really sick you have no insurance coverage at all for the lifesaving treatments that are only available from places like Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute or Mass General Hospital.” (Constituent mailwww.gop.gov/yourstory)

New Mexico

Bruce and his wife are retired and were perfectly happy with their health insurance, but their policy will be cancelled at the end of the month. Their current premium is $275.16 a month, but the ACA-compliant plan is a whopping $896.04/month. That’s a 326% increase! Bruce says, “It is very disturbing to us that the President can get away with a flat out lie about being able to keep your present plan if you like it.” (Constituent mailwww.gop.gov/yourstory)

Nevada

New figures from the Nevada Division of Insurance show that 24,623 Nevadans — that is 26.7 percent of the state’s 92,181 individually covered consumers — have received from their insurer a cancellation letter, or a nonrenewal notice with an alternative plan to replace existing coverage.” (Nearly 25,000 Nevadans lose insurance under Obamacare, Jennifer Robinson, Las Vegas Review Journal, November 13, 2013)

Sheila and her family received the dreaded cancellation letter in October. Her family’s health insurance broker told her to expect a policy premium to begin at $900 per month with a deductible of $12,000 – this is double their current premium at $414. Sheila’s family cannot afford this massive increase, and will be forced to pay the penalty and go without insurance. (Constituent mail,www.gop.gov/yourstory)

Ohio

“Lucas County commissioners Tuesday approved removing the spouses of workers from county-funded medical coverage, a move that will impact about 680 employees who have husbands or wives enrolled in the plan.” (Spouses of county workers lose health coverage, Mark Reiter, Toledo Blade, December 10, 2013)

“Ohio company PSC Metals confirmed Wednesday that they will discontinue their company insurance plan for some 1,000 employees to save money under Obamacare’s regulation.” (Ohio Company Cuts Insurance For 1,000 Employees Due To Obamacare, Washington Free Beacon, November 21, 2013)

Washington

Melinda and her husband own a small construction business and buy their own insurance. They have been happy with their catastrophic health insurance policy, but now their plan has been cancelled. The “Bronze Plan” offered to them is twice the price of their old plan – which they liked having. To make matter worse, their doctor retired as a result of Obamacare, and now they are forced to find new doctors. (Constituent mailwww.gop.gov/yourstory)