Earlier this week I received an email from Scott, one of my constituents in Boone, North Carolina.
Here's what he had to say:
"With all of the talk to this point about the effects of the Affordable Care Act, it has just turned into brutal reality for me and my family. I received [a letter] from Blue Cross Blue Shield this week regarding my coverage. All of the promises of 'if you like your current health coverage, you will be able to keep it' [is] absolutely untrue. Blue Cross has dropped my current plan that I was relatively happy with and was expecting to continue using.
Blue Cross will be moving me into a new plan where the cost is devastating for my family.
My monthly premium is increasing 55% ($3,816 more per year). And, my out-of-pocket expenses will cost my family an additional $3,650 per year.
So, all-in-all, I will be paying an additional $7466 next year for health insurance and co-payments on top of my already high premiums. I do not qualify for any of the subsidies either, so this one is all on the back of this middle-class family of 4. I have a 4-year-old daughter and a 2-year old daughter. I have no choice but to keep them covered any way I can as any father would.
But the new outlays of $7466 will be a huge burden. We will have to make some big changes in our family to be able to afford this. I knew the Affordable Care Act would be tough on someone like myself, but I had no idea how hard it would hit me and my family."
Mr. Speaker, Scott is not alone.
Families across this country are baffled by Obamacare sticker shock.
Accepting the devastating truth that costs will be much higher for them next year, some families are trying to find a way to make it work, but they can't even get on to the website.
But what do they hear from Washington?
Obamacare apologists say, "Be patient with us." "We'll get these glitches sorted out." "It'll take a few years and you'll all be used to it."
Mr. Speaker, if only those same voices in Washington would be willing to give the American people the same time and patience they're demanding!
A bipartisan House majority has asked for families to have one penalty-free year to figure out what Obamacare will mean for their families and for their budgets. One-penalty free year, not unlike the penalty-free year the President gave to big business all on his own.
Fairness. That's what we've asked for. That's what Senate Democrats are refusing to discuss. That's what the President describes as "ransom."