In another, “thanks ObamaCare” moment, a woman promised a $169 a month premium thought she hit the jackpot, until the actual bill came in. Then, she got the actual bill, and it turned out to be $621 a month, and she cannot afford that. Here is more…
Well, Washington State Wire reports that one of these folks has turned up — Jessica Sanford of Federal Way, Wash., a freelance court reporter. She isn’t just any enrollee. As it happens, President Obama once mentioned her by name. She was so thrilled at getting a “gold” level insurance plan for herself and her son for just $169 per month that she had written Obama to thank him. And then he read from her letter and gave her a name-check in his October 21 Rose Garden speech. He told her story — one of the few positive ones out there — as part of his sales pitch:
“I recently received a letter from a woman named Jessica Sanford in Washington State, and here’s what she wrote: ‘I am a single mom, no child support, self-employed, and I haven’t had health insurance for 15 years because it is too expensive. My son has ADHD and requires regular doctor visits, and his meds alone cost $250 a month. I have had an ongoing tendinitis problem due to my line of work that I have to have treated. Now, finally, we get to have coverage because of the ACA for $169 a month. I was crying the other day when I signed up. So much stress lifted.’
“Now, that is not untypical for a lot of folks like Jessica who have been struggling without health insurance. That is what the Affordable Care Act is all about.”
Unfortunately, Washington State did finally got back to Sanford about her application. That $452 subsidy we said you’d get? That was a mistake. You actually get zero. So for that gold plan, instead of paying $169 per month, you’d pay $621 per month.
Now she says her dream of affordable health insurance has gone poof. She can’t afford it. She’ll have to go without. “I’m really terribly embarrassed,” she says. “It has completely turned around on me. I mean, completely.”
At least she was able to enroll her son in Medicaid for $30 per month — but that might be another mistake. As the piece notes, her income is actually slightly too high for that. The state may or may not get around to fixing that error. If it does, she might become eligible for some kind of subsidy for her insurance (because suddenly they’d count again as a family of two), but it’s not going to be anywhere near what she was originally expecting. She says the deductibles for the cheapest plans — the Bronze plans — are simply too high and she wouldn’t be able to cover them anyway.
I get a chuckle out of the liberals on Twitter that brag about how great ObamaCare is. Over the last six to seven months, I’ve done nearly 150 posts of ObamaCare, carefully citing how it is harming people, but the liberals keep on lying about it. The sad thing for them is that people are being hurt, they are losing hours at work, maybe even losing their jobs, millions are losing their plans, and cannot afford the new ones due to the many mandates built into ObamaCare.
But, to make an omelet, one has to break a few eggs. And, if it takes the suffering of millions to justify single payer, the democrats and their stooges in the media will torture millions of people, blame it on someone else, and use it as a justification for even more government.
And for the usual disclaimer-if you voted for Obama, you voted for this. You were warned, and you chose to drink the Kool Aid. Enjoy you decreased services, and increased costs.