Having two kids with chronic illnesses, we have quite a few appointments at the hospital. We've been going to this hospital for 13 years, so most of the providers know me. They've seen me on FOX News, on our local news and in the local papers. There is no hiding that I am a Tea Party conservative. I'm always open about where I stand and I truly believe more patients need to speak up about how Obamacare has already affected them and how it will affect them in the future. I performed a public service today.
I'm always surprised when healthcare professionals don't know about key aspects of Obamacare. Certainly, if the Supreme Court knocks down the entire law, we won't have too many future worries, we'll just have to fix what Obamacare has already broken. If they just knock down the individual mandate, then we still have a lot of work to do.
Our family has already been negatively impacted by Obamacare. We've had the highest premium increases, deductible increases, out of pocket maximum increases and co-pay increases that we've ever had in the past 7 years. I don't see that knocking down or repealing Obamacare is going to fix that. One of my youngest son's medication co-pays went up to $284 last year and jumped again to $343 this year. Prior to the enactment of Obamacare, we had a co-pay of $150. This is a live-saving medication that protects my son's kidneys from damage. No doubt the increase correlates to all the FREE things the insurance is forced to give away....... those of us with chronically ill kids are up a creek-- our co-pays go up, but women get birth control and abortion drugs for free. No one ever died from not having sex, but people have died from kidney damage. Without insurance, a woman can purchase birth control for $9 a month... for less than a pack of cigs.
Next year (2013), our flex spending limit is going to drop from $5,000 to $2,500. This is going to hurt our family. As of today, we have already paid out over $6,000 in out of pocket medical expenses. Once our flex spending runs out, we make payments where we can or put it on a credit card. The drop in the limit will make it very difficult for our family next year. The tax increase will also cause us more harm. We will be forced to deduct less from our taxes, thus we pay the government more of our hard earned mony.....money that we could use to pay our own medical bills.
Of course the HHS mandate affects everyone who is morally opposed to abortion and contraception. No one will be allowed to purchase insurance that excludes abortion drug coverage (Ella and Plan B), contraception and surgical sterilizations. It doesn't matter if you have a conscience and object, you have to pay for this coverage regardless. There is also the $1 fee assessed on everyone's premium to pay for abortions, don't forget that. The current administration doesn't care if you have moral or religious objections. Obama and his minions have mandated and the masses must follow.
Conservatives need to use their voice to reach everyone. We MUST put a face to those Obamacare harms. Liberals don't want to hear from people like me, because they don't want to know the truth. This is why Kay Hagan never responded to my emails, letters and calls.... this is why I confronted her after 2 years of no responses. Even then, she refused to answer my questions about the privacy violations, unelected officials making policy and other aspects of this disastrous bill. It wasn't until I had an open letter published in the local paper that she sent me a letter. No, the letter did not answer my questions.....
Don't be afraid to use your voice.