Politics

75% of Americans Unhappy With Obamacare as Insurance Costs Rise

| by Allison Geller

After much chagrin over the Affordable Care Act’s semi-functional HealthCare.gov website, Americans with private insurance are reporting higher premiums, scaled-back health care plans and other negative consequences of Obama’s nationalized healthcare initiative.

The Huffington Post and the Washington Times reported via the Associated Press that 3 out of 4 Americans believe the ACA’s rollout for coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly, and 4 out of 5 blame a downturn in their healthcare policies on the legislation, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

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While the White House claimed that 85 percent of Americans need not worry about the expansion of healthcare for the uninsured, the medicine has not gone down easy.

Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed said their premiums will be going up; 59 percent said annual deductibles or copayments are increasing; 14 percent said coverage for spouses has been restricted or eliminated; and 11 percent said their plan is being discontinued.

Twenty-one percent of those with private coverage said their plan is expanding to cover more types of medical care.

CNN reported on the stories of four people affected by Obamacare in the weeks following the HealthCare.gov website’s release. For a variety of reasons, each found themselves facing skyrocketing premiums or losing their insurance entirely because their plans did not qualify under the ACA.

Part-time nurse, mother, and Navy veteran Catherine Franklin was faced with a 280% increase in her health insurance premium due to an ACA loophole that put Franklin in an unusual position: leave her job to receive a federal healthcare subsidy, or pay the full premium on a policy to cover her whole family.

Then Obama announced that insurers could renew canceled policies, allowing Franklin to keep her health care with only the regular yearly policy increase.

Franklin said that she realizes not everyone is able to afford healthcare, but that the consequences of the law that she and her family experienced have left her conflicted.

“I appreciate that the basis of the law was intended to fix this, and in all honesty I would not mind paying a REASONABLE amount more for insurance that allows everyone access to health care," Franklin told CNN.

Sources: Huffington Post, Washington Times, CNN