#BrokenPromises Continue to Define the President’s Health Care Law

June 11, 2014

“The president isn’t keeping his promise to provide quality health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions.”

As the White House tries to declare the conversation about the president’s health care law over, the president’s broken health care promises continue to pile up. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period,” joins “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, period,” and “We’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.” Priya Abraham described her Obamacare experience in The Hill saying, “Instead of the promised access to effective, affordable care, I encountered roadblock after roadblock.” Sadly, she is not alone. The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. will discuss how the law’s mandates have led to these broken promises and disrupted the health care choices and access of millions of Americans.

June 10, 2014

My Obamacare Agony

By Priya Abraham

I thought I was lucky. The last day to sign up for Obamacare had arrived, and I’d managed to purchase a plan on the national Obamacare exchange.

I battle fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition that has forced me to spend many days working from home. Treatment requires costly prescriptions and specialists. The prospect of help bearing those expenses filled me with hope. I was just the kind of sickly, long-uninsured person Obamacare was designed to help—or so I thought.

Before one month had gone by, I realized the painful truth. Instead of the promised access to effective, affordable care, I encountered roadblock after roadblock.

It feels like a cruel trick. With the health conditions I face, my $176 monthly premium for a silver exchange plan is like a dream come true. Previously, after multiple denials, I had to make do with a high-deductible, $476 per month plan. But the level of care I received for a lower rate turned out to be a nightmare.

Only one brand-name drug can keep my pain at bay. Under Obamacare, I couldn’t simply refill my regular prescription, though. Instead the drug had to be pre-authorized, and ultimately my exchange plan insurer denied coverage for the drug, which costs $400 per month without insurance or discounts.

Desperate, I accepted my doctor’s offer to experiment with a combination of different drugs that my insurer allows. While they help, they also come with side effects my original medication avoided.

It’s better than nothing. But President Obama didn’t barnstorm around the country selling Obamacare with the promise of coverage that was merely better than nothing.

The president isn’t keeping his promise to provide quality health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions. On top of higher premiums or deductibles, critical drugs may not be covered at all. And the costs patients incur by buying them with cash won’t count against out-of-pocket caps or deductibles. …

Read the article online HERE.

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