Here’s yet another example of a person that is being harmed by the “Affordable” Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. 28 year old Amanda Pratt has found herself in dire straights. Not only did she have a large brain tumor, ObamaCare, in spite of it’s promise to be “affordable,” has complicated Pratt’s treatment by making it unaffordable.
That’s already somewhat jarring for young woman. Maybe it should have prepared her for what she saw when she went to the doctor last week. That’s where she got another shock: the cost of some of her care now that Obamacare had started taking effect.
Even more surprising? Initially, Pratt said she noticed that her insurance premiums went down — $14 per month to be exact. She received a 30-or-so-page booklet detailing in small print the changes to her plan that would come under Obamacare. But she didn’t look closely enough to avoid her recent sticker shock.
Amanda Pratt is studying social work at USC. In 2011, a CT scan found a brain tumor, which led to a series of five surgeries. Though the tumor has been removed, Pratt still faces several check-ups, which after Obamacare went into effect she said now come with costly copays.
Last week Pratt visited her primary care physician with a sore throat. It was strep. At the receptionist’s window and afterward at the pharmacy to fill a prescription, Pratt learned just how much more she would be paying for care.
“My copay for seeing the doctor went up $30 to $60. My copay for prescriptions went up $20 to $60 as well,” Pratt told TheBlaze.
But that’s not even the kicker. Having an MRI, something Pratt will need once a year for the next five years to monitor her brain, went from an $800 copay to $2,200.
You know, increasing co-pays is really affordable, right?
But, it got even worse for the young brain tumor victim, as she was again victimized by the “affordable” care act…
Pratt thinks Obamacare is impacting her pocketbook in more ways than one. In addition to facing steeper medical bills, she said her part-time work has been cut so her employer could avoid the provision requiring insurance for employees working 30 hours or more a week.
“Before the [Affordable Care Act] I was working 35 hours a week, now I’m working 24,” Pratt, who works in the fast-food restaurant’s customer service department, said.
Pratt said she is working on navigating how should could qualify through various aid programs and noted that she has tried to check out the health care options offered in the federal exchange. In the two times she has tried to log onto the state-based exchange website in the last two weeks, it hasn’t worked, she said.
So, the “affordable” ObamaCare has not only caused this woman to pay more out of pocket for her care, she has less money, because her hours were cut at work-because of ObamaCare. Of course, the democrats and their MSM sycophants will blame someone else (as usual), but prior to the “affordable” ObamaCare kicking in, this woman had a 35 hour a week job, insurance that was helping her, and she could afford it all. Now, she has a a 24 hour a week job, and co-pays that has at least doubled, if not tripled. All the negative outcomes are a direct consequence of ObamaCare.
Just remember, if you voted for Obama, you voted for this.