This week marks the 5th anniversary of ObamaCare being signed into law. Over the last five years, the government has spent $42 billion in regulatory costs and over $1.5 billion on a failed website. Plan prices continue to increase, and Medicare Advantage registrants have seen a $1,300 cut in benefits.
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 whose premiums have increased as a result of ObamaCare:
1. “Prior to the ACA I got pretty good insurance from my employer for free. This included health and dental insurance. As of April 1, 2014 the premiums were raised to the point that I could not afford to keep either.“
— Levi C. from Mt. Vernon, IL
2. “Today was a very sad day in our household. Thanks to the new healthcare reform, we had to make the painful decision to drop our medical health coverage. Why? Because we simply do not have an extra $7,000 lying around to afford our current policy.“
— Deborah H. from Franklin Furnace, OH
3. “My premiums went up by over $150.00 a month. I know that is not that much compared to most people, but it devastates my budget.“
— Judy J. from Athens, GA
4. “I’m paying more than twice what I paid before ObamaCare went into effect and with a higher deductible. I have to scrimp and save every penny I have just to get the medicine I need.”
— Maggie M. from Mountain Home, KS
5. “My parents are self-employed and they were very happy with the health insurance coverage they had. They received a letter today that their premiums will double in July 2014. And the policy that they had would not exist anymore because it did not meet ACA requirements.”
— Tammy S. from Copper Hill, VA
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.