Former Democratic staffer, burned by Obamacare: “I was wrong. Very wrong.”
posted at 11:26 am on October 29, 2013 by Guy Benson
Disillusionment is painful. Via the Chicago Sun-Times:
Sue Klinkhamer has a problem. It’s called Obamacare. And the irony of her situation is not lost on her. In a recent email addressed to her former boss, Illinois Congressman Bill Foster, and other Democratic colleagues, 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.” For Klinkhamer, 60, President Obama’s oft-repeated words ring in her ears: “If you like your health plan, you will keep it.” Well, possibly not.
Tell us what you’ve won, Sue!
When Klinkhamer lost her congressional job, she had to buy an individual policy on the open market. Three years ago, it was $225 a month with a $2,500 deductible. Each year it went up a little to, as of Sept. 1, $291 with a $3,500 deductible. Then, a few weeks ago, she got a letter. “Blue Cross,” she said, “stated my current coverage would expire on Dec. 31, and here are my options: I can have a plan with similar benefits for $647.12 [or] I can have a plan with similar [but higher] pricing for $322.32 but with a $6,500 deductible.” She went on, “Blue Cross also tells me that if I don’t pick one of the options, they will just assume I want the one for $647. … Someone please tell me why my premium in January will be $356 more than in December?”
Sue’s former boss is now current Congressman Bill Foster. What does he have to say for himself?
Congressman Foster, Klinkhamer’s former boss who has since been returned to Congress, told me by phone Friday, “A very large number of people are very grateful” for Obamacare…Klinkhamer suggests renaming the Affordable Care Act. “Just call it,” she said dryly, “the Available Care Act.”
Yes, but an even larger number aren’t “very grateful” for the law — especially the countless victims of its egregious broken promises. Rep. Foster cast one of the deciding votes for this monstrosity in 2010, and three years later, its real-world consequences are hammering one of his former staffers. Whatevs. Numero Uno will be just fine. Liberals have routinely assured us that a warm public embrace of Obamacare is just around the corner. Once it’s passed! Once the early sweeteners go into effect! After full implementation! Have Democrats replaced this sun’ll-come-out-tomorrow thinking with, “meh, at least some people don’t hate it”? Inspiring. In any case, one hopes that Foster’s 2014 opponent will see to it that district voters hear about Sue’s story early and often.