It seems even President Obama’s health-care “success” stories end in disappointment. During a news conference last month, the President mentioned a single mom in Washington state who had written a letter to him about her new health insurance plan. Days later, however, the same woman was notified by state officials that her benefits under Obamacare had been miscalculated. She would no longer be able to afford health insurance coverage.
Unfortunately, similar stories and frustrations continue to emerge across the country. Individuals and families are worried about how their insurance plans will change and whether they will be able to afford health care at all. Many Mississippians have contacted my office to inform me about their personal experiences with the law. Each is a real-life example of the law’s broken promises, from higher premiums and canceled health insurance plans to reduced work hours and layoffs. As the following stories illustrate, the President’s health-care law is the wrong approach to providing more affordable and more accessible coverage. Because of Obamacare:
•Mississippi’s job creators are facing additional financial burdens.
A couple in Long Beach who own a small business and have offered their employees the same private insurance plan for more than 20 years say they will suffer a 33 percent increase in premiums on December 1. The company’s insurer specifically pointed to the health-care law’s mandated coverage, fees, and taxes for the increased premiums. The group plan will cost the small business an extra $1,500 a month, or $18,000 annually.