Obamacare is hurting West Virginia families and must be stopped. The promises were great: keep your doctor, keep your plan, premiums will go down, uninsured will be covered -- ALL promises that were broken. We need common sense alternatives to Obamacare that put patients and doctors back in charge, not the government.
Please take a moment to share your story, how has Obamacare impacted you and your family?
However, I do have family and friends that have seen both premiums and deductibles rise. The deductible tripling and premiums at least doubling seems to be a standard with variations. Lies, all lies…and it’s criminal to say the least. People are struggling…
Well, I am 64 and disabled and I am now doing the same thing. I realize this is a form of Russian roulette, but I can’t always afford my medicines. I told my doctor I wanted to do away with some of them and he said, “Sure, which ones will that be?” I have RA, Barrett’s Esophagus, hypothyroidism, depression, asthma, hypocholesterolemia, and hypertension. All the meds I take are necessary so discontinuing anything is out of the question. I had a knee replacement a year ago so that required a hospital stay and numerous x-rays. Medicine for the RA requires blood work every two months. The Barrett’s Esophagus (pre-cursor to esophageal cancer which is common in my family) requires an EGD yearly. That co-pay is $250 so it has been two years since I have had one. I was at the financial advisor’s office at a local hospital today. I have a running bill that stays at $1,000 and accrues new charges at least every two months.
I have been blessed with reasonably good health for most of my life. I know I am much better off than many, but I realize that healthcare is continuing to rise and fear that the day will come that I will have even more hardships.
Too high and too many deductables. I don’t feel any relief coming very soon. Especially from a president who does not keep his word.
If all these healthcare laws and rules are so wonderful, why don’t they have to apply to the people who pass them? “Sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander.” I am not saying they don’t deserve affordable and economical healthcare, but so do the rest of us!
Sincerely, Mary Ann Nolte
My story is simple:
As a result of ObamaCare mandates and measures, my cost of premiums to ensure I could “keep” my plan for my family of four skyrocketed to nearly $800 per month this year! To boot, my deductible jumped up to $2500! Therefore my out of pocket cost over 12 months (just meeting the deductible) is over $12,000. These massive cost increases were applied by my company and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in an unmasked effort to hopefully dump all of its employees or at least most into the predecessor to the single-payer system. The only problem is, most employees like myself have spouses who have even less affordable insurance at their places of employment, if they are even employed at all!
David, the answer to these problems that have been created by Obamacare is simple: we repeal and replace! We need portability, tort reform, and less government intervention in health care!
I have a very simple concept for healthcare reform but I’ll save that for another time and another day. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my story!
And, most importantly, thank you for your service to this great nation!
I agree with Mr. Edwards, GOP must brace up and prevent this president from doing more damage to this country. Our son, 22 years in the military, 20 in Special Forces, just retired. He has two sons to raise, he said.