Good news everyone! Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that Obamacare is doing just fabulous and anyone who says differently is either mistaken or a liar.
“There’s plenty of horror stories being told [about Obamacare],” Reid said on the Senate floor. “All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America.”
Reid went on to call those stories “tales,” “stories made up from whole cloth,” and “lies” simply being told to grab headlines.
Someone might want to tell that to Stephen Blackwood, whose mother had carcinoid cancer and lost her insurance as a result of Obamacare. Finally, after spending dozens of hours attempting to sign up for coverage on the Obamacare exchanges, she was able to enroll in a plan, only then to find out that it wouldn’t cover Sandostatin—a drug that slows tumor growth and decreases the severity of her symptoms.
“This is a woman who had an affordable health plan that covered her condition,” wrote her son in the Wall Street Journal. “Our lawmakers weren’t happy with that because…they wanted plans that were affordable and covered her condition. So they gave her a new one. It doesn’t cover her condition and it’s completely unaffordable.”
Or to Edie Sundby, who for years has been succesffully fighting Stage-4 gallbladder cancer. Two things have been crucial to her battle –her specialized doctor teams and her health insurance policy that covered it all. After her insurance was canceled—again, due to Obamacare—she was unable to find a plan that allowed her to see her current oncologist and primary care doctors.
“[I]f I go with a health-exchange plan. I must choose between Stanford and UCSD,” she writes in the Wall Street Journal. “Stanford has kept me alive—but UCSD has provided emergency and local treatment support during wretched periods of this disease, and it is where my primary-care doctors are.”
Or ask Harry Reid himself.
“Under Obamacare, my insurance costs me about $4,500 more than it did before,” Reid told the Reno Gazette Journal.
For Reid, that’s not a tragedy, especially not one on par with the type of medical disasters being experienced by people like Stephen Blackwood or Edie Sundby. But for millions of middle class Americans, that extra $4,500 in insurance premiums, or the thousands in higher deductibles, can make a huge difference in their family budget.
Take, for instance, one Pennsylvania mother who saw her premiums go up $765 each month because of Obamacare. That kind of money is forcing her to choose between a new health insurance and putting food on the table.
“It would take food out of our mouths to be able to afford these coverages,” Jennifer Most told WFMZ in Allentown.
Fortunately, Republicans are coming to the defense of average Americans who are suffering—quite literally—under President Obama’s health care law.
“These people all across America—who are losing their policies, whose premiums are going up, whose copayments and deductibles are going up, whose jobs are being lost—are not making this up!” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate flor. “And no amount of Harry Reid calling everybody a liar changes the facts.”
And the fact is – Obamacare is a disaster.