Skip to comments.Cohen: Thanks, Obamacare — my health costs spiked
Posted on 03/04/2014 5:10:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
SPENDY: Adriana Cohen shows off her Mass Connector statement showing a big increase in her premium.
Heres a letter I hope your family never has to open. I just found out that due to Obamacare, my health insurance plan has been canceled.
The replacement plan is going to cost my family $7,750 more each year! And thats not counting all the other piled-on costs.
Wait, theres more. I need to enroll for new health insurance I dont want by the end of the month on a malfunctioning website state officials may scrap.
Whatever happened to President Obamas pledge that if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it.
Try telling that to the 5 million Americans who have had their plans also scrapped thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
Now Im among those battling the Mass. Health Connector, where the glitches have been so bad 54,000 Bay State residents have been forced to submit paper applications.
I spoke to a Navigator at the connector who verified that the empty-your-pockets letter I received from the state is a sad reality. In order for my family to get an HMO plan similar to the one we had, my monthly premium will be going up $646. (From $1,520 to $2,166 monthly for a family of five.)
The Navigator explained that our co-pays are also jumping from $20 to $30 per office visit and we also could be subject to an additional $4,000 of out-of-pocket expenses for a variety of medical services not covered under Obamacare, such as X-rays, CAT scans and more.
Total it up, and Obamacare could cost my family an extra $12,000 annually!
What happened to the presidents promise that the average family would save $2,500 per year?
Its no wonder the Washington Post gave the president four Pinocchios in 2013. And Politifact, a fact-checking website, said Obama told the Lie of the Year.
The president misled us when he said the Affordable Care Act wouldnt affect those who already had insurance. Ditto when he promised you wouldnt lose your doctor.
How many other Democrats in office parroted those same lies to their constituents?
Nancy Pelosi was wrong when she said the ACA was a Jobs Bill.
Not true. The ACA has done the opposite. The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan group, has reported the ACA will kill at least 2.5 million full-time jobs and add at least $1 trillion to our national debt. Plus cause a mass doctor shortage.
You dont need more evidence to know America has been sold a false bill of goods.
Adding insult to injury, Harry Reid recently said the Obamacare horror stories being told are all untrue. Sorry, Harry. My family is a victim of Obamacare.
Bottom line: We cant have a strong nation when citizens cant trust their own government. Thankfully, we have the 2014 and 2016 elections to affect change. Its time to vote all the Pinocchios out.
Adriana Cohen is co-host of Trending Now on Boston Herald Radio. Visit adrianacohen.com or follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. If youve been hurt by the ACA, send an email to email@example.com or call 617-619-6493.
Obviously a racist. BTT
Boy, that’s some Affordable Care Act!!
I’m surprised people can come up with this money. Many will not be able to come up with anything, because of unemployment.
hairy reid-iculous says she’s a liar. Who ya gonna believe?
Maybe after November.
You probably VOTED for him, Ms. Cohen.
My insurance costs plummeted with ZeroCare. Well, I no longer have health insurance so zero is pretty cheap.
Nancy Pelosi was wrong when she said the ACA was a Jobs Bill.
She was right,,,its doing a job on all of us...
Dingy harry says your a liar, Adriana.
Tough to beat the Senate Majority leader with your pipsqueak of a paper.
As far back as 2008, at the presidential debate in Nashville, Democrat candidate Obama advanced his signature plan that was ultimately enacted (by an historic straight Democrat party-line vote) into the "Affordable Care Act:
OBAMA: "No. 1, let me just repeat, if youve got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it. All Im going to do is help you to lower the premiums on it. Youll still have choice of doctor.
Repeated over and over ---- with the promise that every American would be saving $2500.00 on healthcare costs.
DEMOCRATS CHIME IN:
SEN. HARRY REID (D-Nev.): In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it. (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.8642, 8/3/09)
SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: We believe and we stand by this if you like your current health insurance plan, you will be able to keep it, plain and simple, straightforward. (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S.6401, 6/10/09)
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): If you like your insurance, you keep it. (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/29/09)
SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-Wash.): Again, if you like what you have, you will be able to keep it. Let me say this again: If you like what you have, when our legislation is passed and signed by the President, you will be able to keep it. (Sen. Murray, Congressional Record, S.6400, 6/10/09)
SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-Mont.): That is why one of the central promises of health care reform has been and is: If you like what you have, you can keep it. That is critically important. If a person has a plan, and he or she likes it, he or she can keep it. (Sen. Baucus, Congressional Record, S.7676, 9/29/10)
SEN. TOM HARKIN (D-Iowa): One of the things we put in the health care bill when we designed it was the protection for consumers to keep the plan they have if they like it; thus, the term grandfathered plans. If you have a plan you like existing policies you can keep them. we said, if you like a plan, you get to keep it, and you can grandfather it in. (Sen. Harkin, Congressional Record, S.7675-6, 9/29/10)
THEN-REP. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-Wis.): Under the bill, if you like the insurance you have now, you may keep it and it will improve. (Rep. Baldwin, Press Release, 3/18/10)
SEN. MARK BEGICH (D-Alaska): If you got a doctor now, you got a medical professional you want, you get to keep that. If you have an insurance program or a health care policy you want of ideas, make sure you keep it. That you can keep who you want. (Sen. Begich, Townhall Event, 7/27/09)
SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-Colo.): We should begin with a basic principle: if you have coverage and you like it, you can keep it. If you have your doctor, and you like him or her, you should be able to keep them as well. We will not take that choice away from you. (Sen. Bennet, Press Release, 6/11/09)
SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D-Calif.): So we Democrats want people to be able to keep the health care they have. And the answer to that is choice of plans. And in the exchange, were going to have lots of different plans, and people will be able to keep the health care coverage they need and they want. (Sen. Boxer, Press Release, 2/8/11)
SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-Ohio): Our Democrat bill says if you have health insurance and you like it, you can keep it (Sen. Brown, Congressional Record, S.12612, 12/7/09)
SEN. BEN CARDIN (D-Md.): For the people of Maryland, this bill will provide a rational way in which they can maintain their existing coverage (Sen. Cardin, Congressional Record, S.13798, 12/23/09)
SEN. BOB CASEY (D-Pa.): I also believe this Democrat legislation and the bill we are going to send to President Obama this fall will also have secure choices. If you like what you have, you like the plan you have, you can keep it. It is not going to change. (Sen. Casey, Congressional Record, S.8070, 7/24/09)
SEN. KAY HAGAN (D-N.C.): People who have insurance theyre happy with can keep it We need to support the private insurance industry so that people who have insurance theyre happy with can keep it while also providing a backstop option for people without access to affordable coverage. (Republicans Vent As Other Compromise Plans Get Aired, National Journals Congress Daily, 6/18/09)
SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-La.): If you like the insurance that you have, youll be able to keep it. (MSNBCs Hardball, 12/16/09)
SEN. PAT LEAHY (D-Vt.): [I]f you like the insurance you now have, keep the insurance you have. (CNNs Newsroom, 10/22/09)
SEN. BOB MENENDEZ (D-N.J.): If you like what you have, you get to keep it Menendez is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which is expected to release a bill later this week. He stressed that consumers who are satisfied with their plans wont have to change. If you like what you have, you get to keep it, he said. (Health Care Plan Would Help N.J., Menendez Says, The Record, 6/19/09)
SEN. JEFF MERKLEY (D-Oreg.): [E]nsuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it The HELP Committee bill sets forward a historic Democrat plan that will, for the first time in American history, give every American access to affordable health coverage, reduce costs, and increase choice, while ensuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it. (Sen. Merkley, Press Release, 7/15/09)
SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI (D-Md.): It means that if you like the insurance you have now, you can keep it. (Sen. Mikulski, Press Release, 12/24/09)
SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-W.Va.): I want people to know, the Presidents promise that if you like the coverage you have today you can keep it is a pledge we intend to keep. (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Hearing, 9/23/09)
SEN. JACK REED (D-R.I.): If you like the insurance you have, you can choose to keep it. (Sen. Reed, Town Hall Event, 6/25/09)
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.): If you have coverage you like, you can keep it, says Sen. Sanders. (Sick And Wrong, Rolling Stone, 4/5/10)
SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-N.H.): if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it My understanding is that if you have health coverage that you like you can keep it. As I said, you may have missed my remarks at the beginning of the call, but one of the things I that I said as a requirement that I have for supporting a Democrat bill is that if you have health coverage that you like you should be able to keep that. under every scenario that Ive seen, if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it. (Sen. Shaheen, Health Care Questions From Across New Hampshire, Accessed 11/13/13)
SEN. DEBBIE STABENOW (D-Mich.): As someone who has a large number of large employers in my state, one of the things I appreciate about the Democrat chairmans remark is is the grandfathering provisions, the fact that the people in my state, 60 percent of whom have insurance, are going to be able to keep it. And Mr. Chairman, I appreciate that. Thats a strong commitment. Its clear in the bill I appreciate the strong commitment on your part and the president to make sure that if you have your insurance you can keep it. Thats the bottom line for me. (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/24/09)
SEN. JON TESTER (D-Mont.): If you like your coverage, youll be able to keep it, Tester said, adding that if Medicare changes, it will only become stronger. (Tester In Baker To Discuss Health Care, The Fallon County Times, 11/20/09)
SEN. TOM UDALL (D-N.Mex.): Some worried reform would alter their current coverage. It wont. If you like your current plan, you can keep it. (What I Learned: About Health Care Reform This Summer, By Your Lawmakers In Congress, Albuquerque Journal, 9/8/09)
SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-R.I.): ..it honors President Obamas programs and the promise of all of the Presidential candidates that if you like the plan you have, you get to keep it. You are not forced out of anything. (Sen. Whitehouse, Congressional Record, S.8668, 8/3/09)
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) the 60th vote on Obamacare: "people who are happy with their current plan, wouldn't need to change it."
Not me. My healthcare, such as it is, is still totally free and my wife still has her company plan.
Possibly. From her website, she strikes me as a RINO type, a photo of herself with Juan McAmnesty and Scott Brown is prominent.
If so my sympathy for her "unexpected" predicament is exactly ZERO.
we are all connecticut.
do not register.
come and make us.
Christmas Eve no less before Scott Brown would be sworn in after the Christmas break. They own this gun, hook, line, rope and sinker.
Ms Chohen is obviously a liar...and a racist.
The perfect description of the 2012 election.
Senator harry reid says its lies, all lies.
Excellent cartoon summarizing why the Republican Party can never again be entrusted with choosing a nominee in a closed Convention.
BTW, why not have a class action lawsuit against Obamacare?
The product is harmful to the financial, emotional and medical well-being of millions of American Citizens.
The FDA, ATF and EPA fine or haul us into courts for much lesser infractions!
Why should Obamacare get a pass?
Even Government monopolies are not above the Law.