In her role with U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., Sue Klinkhamer spent two years defending and fighting for Obamacare.
Now that she is experiencing firsthand the effects of the president’s signature healthcare law, Klinghamer admits that she was “very wrong.”
In a recent email addressed to her now former boss and other Democratic colleagues, ran in the Chicago Sun-Times, she wrote:
“I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger. When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job. I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price. I have now learned that I was wrong. Very wrong.”
What prompted the change of heart?
After watching her premiums increase over the past few years from $225 a month to $291 a month, and her deductible rise $1,000, Klinghamer recently got a cancellation letter from Blue Cross.
The same letter hundreds of thousands of Americans are getting.
In Klinghammer’s case, her premium for the same coverage is now $647 a month in the Obamacare exchange, or she could opt for a plan at $322 a month, but with a $6,500 deductible — a $3,000 increase over her current deductible.
But then, she should be glad she’s not in Diane Barrett’s shoes.
Barrett, a Florida resident, learned she will go from paying $54 per month to $591 per month under the Affordable Care Act, according to CBS.
“When I got this bill, I was outraged,” the 56-year-old Barrett told CBS. “What I have right now is what I’m happy with, and I just want to know why I can’t keep what I have. Why do I have to be forced into something else?”
Both women are learning the hard way that Obama’s promise, “if you like your health plan, you can keep it,” is not true for everyone.
Klinkhamer, who now calls the Affordable Care Act the “Available Care Act,” said she still believes in “health care for all… but this is not affordable to me.”
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