More argument by anecdote, of course, and ObamaCare supporters will waste no time trying to attack this as somehow proof of how well ObamaCare works. WHO in Iowa reports that a pastor attempted to get coverage through the new health-insurance system, and ended up with an $850 per month bill for a plan that won’t take effect for another two weeks:
With just two weeks before all Americans must have a form of medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act, one local pastor says it’s anything but affordable.
Pastor Tony Angran of Centerville was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus in January. He had insurance, but it did not cover certain things, like chemo. Since then, he has racked up $50,000 in medical bills and emptied his savings account.
So Angran signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange. But with premiums of $850 per month, Angran says it isn’t affordable either, and he can’t get the treatment he needs until he has the right insurance. “I’m struggling here with stage three cancer and they’re sending me to the financial person to find out how are you going to pay for this?” Angran says.
Daniel Halper grabs some good quotes from the clip at The Weekly Standard:
The pastor says, “One of the workers came and said let me talk to you. And so I went to talk to her. She says that we found out that your insurance does not include chemo.”
“Over the past two months, the Angrans have emptied their savings account and racked up $50,000 in debt. They signed up for the Affordable Care Act,” says the local reporter, “but found it to be anything but affordable. It will cost the couple more than $800 per month, money they just don’t have.”
The Angrans had it bad both ways, and this anecdote very well could be used as an indictment of insurance companies before ObamaCare, too. After all, the reason Pastor Angran switched plans was because his original insurer refused to cover his chemo. Now he’s paying through the nose, and at least for the time being it looks like his new insurance still won’t cover some of those costs. Clearly, the Angrans are unhappy with ObamaCare as the end result, but I’m certain some of its supporters will shortly chime in to tell them just how fortunate they really are.
That strategy appears all that’s left to Democrats now — attacking the people complaining about the impact of ObamaCare in their lives. The White House is desperately attempting to spin the news from Healthcare.gov as a win, but signing up 5 million people is not the same as enrolling them, and it’s hardly an achievement when the law caused between five and six million people out of their existing plans first. Democrats insisted that the crisis of having 40+ million uninsured required the “fierce urgency of now” for a resolution, and yet all they’ve managed to do is come close to breaking even.
Good luck selling that this November, when employers start kicking workers out of their plans. Michael Ramirez offers his view of the electoral hopes of Democrats this year as long as they cling to ObamaCare:
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