ObamaCare Affordable? Woman With Brain Tumor Gets Hours Cut, Copays Skyrocket, Because of ObamaCare

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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.

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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.

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ObamaCare Damage: Health Insurance Premiums to Double?

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If you ask Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, the answer is yes.  Townhall has more…

Yesterday on CNBC, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said that health insurance premiums could as much as double if Obamacare comes into full effect:

To provide all Americans with health insurance, premiums will have to rise to pay for it, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Wednesday.

“If we’re going to insure all Americans, which is a worthy and appropriate cause, then somebody has to pay for it,” Bertolini said of the expected premium increases under Obamacare.

Bertolini said that insurance premiums could double in some places just on the basis of what types of policies people buy today.

Anticipating a criticism, Bertolini said that higher premiums wouldn’t mean higher profit margins for insurance companies. The reason is that it will actually be more expensive to insure people due to some of the Obamacare mandates.

We’ve covered this several times, and we know that premiums have increased dramatically already.  If this comes to pass, it will impact all of us, to some extent or another.

Just remember, if you voted for Obama, you voted for this.  Thanks!

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ObamaCare Damage Roundup: It Costs Almost Twice as Much as Promised, and Millions Might Lose Their Plans

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Are Conservatives and Libertarians prophetic?  Or do they just have a good grasp of the obvious?  While I’d like to think that we’re able to see the future, the reality is that we can integrate information from a variety of sources, and make reasonable predictions about future events.  Consider ObamaCare-when we were told that Congress had to pass it “so we can see what is in it.”  While the contents were supposedly a mystery, promises were made, like it being revenue neutral, costing approximately $900,000,000,000 over the first ten years.  However, Conservatives pointed out that there were many accounting tricks done to meet that number, and that the likely cost would be significantly higher.  After all, Medicare overran it’s cost projections by an order of magnitude, just as most all government entitlements do.  Why would ObamaCare be any different? Well, the CBO has proved that assertion to be quite correct.  Michele Malkin has the details…

Earlier in the week the CBO found that the “Affordable Care Act” is going to make health care so affordable that it will cost at least twice as much as originally advertised:

The Congressional Budget Office has extended its cost estimates for President Obama’s health care law out to 2022, taking in more years of full implementation, and showing that the bill is substantially more expensive — twice as much as the original $900 billion price tag.

In a largely overlooked segment of the CBO’s update to the budget outlook released Tuesday, the independent arm of Congress found that the bill will cost $1.76 trillion between now and 2022.

That only counts the cost of coverage, not implementation costs and other changes.

So then, just as we predicted, the law is going to cost almost twice as much as originally projected!

But, at least we’re going to keep our own plan, just as President Obama promised, right?

Well, that too appears to have been something of a fabrication.  Again, reality interferes with the narrative…

As many as 20 million Americans could lose their employer-provided coverage because of President Obama’s healthcare reform law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a new report Thursday.

The figure represents the worst-case scenario, CBO says, and the law could just as well increase the number of people with employer-based coverage by 3 million in 2019.

The best estimate, subject to a “tremendous amount of uncertainty,” is that about 3 million to 5 million fewer people will obtain coverage through their employer each year from 2019 through 2022.

Hmm, it looks like a lot of people are going to lose their plans.  There have already been anecdotal evidence of people losing their plans.  I would predict that will only get worse.  The reasoning is simple…the law places so many demands on the system (Cloward-Piven) that many companies will drop their coverage and pay the related fine, as it is cheaper.  Also, many companies may change to less expensive plans.  Either way, I think it’s safe to predict that a lot of people will be sent to the public system, and eventually, less and less private plans will be available-just as the regressives want.

This is just the beginning folks.  It’s going to get worse.

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