U.S. Senator Roy BluntU.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) recently took to the Senate floor and said, "There's plenty of horror stories being told [about ObamaCare]. All of them are untrue. But they're being told all over America."
Every day, Missourians contact me to share their stories about the real impact of this flawed law. And almost every week, I have gone to the Senate floor to read directly from the hundreds of letters, emails, and calls that I've received from Missourians who continue to say ObamaCare is hurting them.
Christina from Lee's Summit, Mo.: "I am a recently divorced mother of two, going to school and working 25 hours per week as a server. Currently, my employer gives me full benefits, including medical that has a benefit maximum for the year of 10k in coverage. I had a baby in 2013 on this plan and have still not maxed it out, but next year they can't offer me this plan because it is against the new law to have an annual benefit maximum.... After having to go to a news outlet for help, I was able to find coverage, but it was very confusing and still A LOT higher deductible. I go from $100 a year to $2500 just for my daughter's coverage. This is definitely not helping me in any way."
Jeanna from Kansas City, Mo.: "I have a birth defect and over the last 13 years have needed a total hip replacement plus a hip revision to correct it. I've always had health insurance for me and my family. After 2014, I won't. I lost my job two years ago and my husband has been working, but not in his field of expertise. We've had individual policies through Blue Cross, but after this year the policies won't be available. My husband has looked into the health exchange and the policies will be more expensive for us each month plus our deductible will be higher. At this rate we won't be able to afford health insurance in our current situation. I want to go back to the old system!"
Pat from Kansas City, Mo.: "Our oldest daughter's family has seen an increase of over $5,000 per year in their medical insurance. Where they were paying a yearly expense of $5,000, now they will be paying $10,000... How does a one-income salary budget continue to keep the family unit together with mom staying at home raising the children?... To add to our concern is that our other daughter has no idea how much her health care will cost come the end of this year because her employer was given the ObamaCare delay. Limbo is not an easy place to live in, especially, when you have responsibilities and a budget to plan to meet those responsibilities."
Shawn from Independence, Mo.: "My private health care policy premium will be going up about 40 percent as of January of 2014. I checked the health care website and found out that 1) I would not qualify for any subsidies 2) my premiums would be about double what they are now and 3) my deductible would be over twice as much... I am scratching my head trying to figure out where the word 'Affordable' comes in the ACA. Needless to say, I am remaining with my current health insurance provider, but I am concerned that the costs will continue to rise. I have since taken on a part time job in addition to my full time job to help offset the additional expense."
Jack from Kansas City, Mo.: "I'm a retired hospital CEO and glad to be retired because of ObamaCare. In most communities in Missouri the hospital is not only a source of pride and place for healing, it's also a major employer. It has the impact of Medicare's reimbursement cuts on revenue, the uncertainty of patients' insurance status, and the employer costs of providing employee health benefits. Most businesses have the employee related issues with ObamaCare. Hospitals have their operating cost increasing while their revenue decreasing. The potential end result will be more compromises to care, lowered expectations, fewer jobs-fewer paid hours, and a major community employer being hit on all sides thanks to ObamaCare."
These and other Missourians are being hurt by President Obama's health care law. Does Leader Reid truly believe Missourians are making up these stories?
It's time for us to work together to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with common-sense health care solutions that put people in charge of their coverage -- not Washington officials like Leader Reid, who thinks these "horror stories" are all "untrue."
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