“Of course, I want people to have health care. I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”
These sentiments, expressed by Cindy Vinson of San Jose, California, undoubtedly echo those of millions of Americans who mistakenly believed that there really is such a thing as a free lunch — or at least free health insurance — and are now discovering to their dismay that someone always has to pay for these “freebies.” In the case of ObamaCare, that someone is Vinson and others who, in the words of the San Jose Mercury News, “are big believers in the Affordable Care Act [ACA] ... and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.”
Vinson, a 60-year-old retired teacher, recently found out that because of ObamaCare, her health insurance policy is being replaced with an ACA-compliant one that will cost her $1,800 more per year.
Similarly, Tom Waschura, a 52-year-old self-employed engineer and ObamaCare supporter in nearby Portola Valley, discovered that coverage for his family of four was going up by a whopping $10,000 a year because of the healthcare law.
“I was laughing at [House Speaker John] Boehner — until the mail came today,” Waschura told the Mercury News.
“I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so p[****]d about this,” he said. “When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.”
Vinson and Waschura are just two of “16 million” Americans “who buy individual health insurance on the open market” and “are finding out that their plans may not comply with the new law, which requires 10 essential benefits such as maternity care, mental health care and prescription drug coverage,” according to the Mercury News. “A study published last year in the journal Health Affairs said more than half of Americans who had individual insurance in 2010 were enrolled in plans that would not qualify [under the ACA] because they didn’t meet all the new requirements.”
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