This week marks the 5th anniversary of ObamaCare being signed into law. For five years, Americans have suffered the consequences of legislation that has massively – but hopefully not permanently – overhauled our nation’s health care system. If you’ll recall, the law was passed hastily with zero support from Republicans. Then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said famously, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
Five years later, Americans now know what’s in it, and they don’t like it. Real Clear Politics’ Average Poll finds that over 52% of Americans oppose the law.
All the possible reasons for the law’s unpopularity — canceled plans, lost doctors, higher premiums — boil down to one principle: Americans were given serious misinformation. In fact, the President’s promise that ‘If you like your plan, you can keep your plan’ was the Politifact Lie of the Year in 2013.
But rather than hearing directly from us about these broken promises, each day this week we’ll share five stories submitted to GOP.gov/YourStory. These are stories from Americans in all corners of the country living under the consequences of the Democrats’ one-size-fits-all approach to health care.
Here are five stories from individuals who received notices that their plans would be canceled:
1. “Our policy was canceled. The new comparable one from Cover California doubled our monthly premium from $650 to $1300; our deductible increased by over $1000; office copays increased by $15; and our meds increased 10%. Our health care costs were affordable until ACA came along, the increase in coats put a serious hurt on our budget.”
— Stewart D. from Cottonwood, CA
2. “I became disabled and hadn’t received my social security payment yet. My employer in Kentucky canceled my health insurance, and it took me several months to find a new plan that worked for my budget. ObamaCare has been a disaster for me.“
— Tammy B. from Lexington, IN
3. “I am a 62 year old widow and only make $8.79 an hour. I have lost my insurance coverage and cannot afford to pay for this.“
— Sandra P. from Augusta, GA
4. “I received a letter last week telling me that my Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) insurance will be canceled.”
— Robert S. from Durham, NC
5. “My family’s health coverage in Pennsylvania was canceled, as was my son-in-law’s in California. My new health care premiums increased by 85% last year thanks to Obamacare.”
— Ronnie P. from Saegertown, PA
The people are different, but their stories are the same: their lives have been made worse because of ObamaCare. Millions of Americans have experienced the ramifications of an ineffective, top-down approach to health care reform.
House Republicans are working hard to repeal and replace ObamaCare with an open, bottom-up, patient-centered plan that increases choice and lowers costs for you and your families.
Because five years of a failed law is five too many.