Ten Heartbreaking Stories That Show Why Obamacare Must be Repealed

With the repeal and replacement of Obamacare a top priority of Congress and the White House, the law’s defenders are claiming millions will be harmed. But the fact is Obamacare is hurting more people than it is helping. Obamacare is collapsing. That’s why the Trump administration and Congress are coalescing around a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. These ten heartbreaking stories show why the time for action is now:

Elderly Woman Shackled to Debt After Cancer Treatment

For nearly 20 years, Catherine Blackwood’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance served her well, until Obamacare forced her off that plan. Despite the headache of signing up for Obamacare she eventually did, but only after being told by an enrollment agent that 100 percent percent of her cancer treatments would be covered.

After receiving treatment, however, she was stuck with a bill of more than $14,000.

As her son Stephen Blackwood later wrote in the Wall Street Journal, the ACA’s effect on his mother and his entire family has been a “brutal, Procrustean disaster.”

“brutal, Procrustean disaster”

Member of the “Working Poor” Loses Faith

Ashley Dionne, a recent graduate from Michigan, works nights at a gym. Despite having her masters degree, she’s been unable to find a second job. With asthma, ulcers and mild cerebral palsy, she desperately needs regular health care. But under Obamacare, her monthly premiums went up from $75 to $319—and that’s with a $6,000 deductible.

under Obamacare, her monthly premiums went up from $75 to $319

“Liberals claimed this law would help the poor,” Dionne wrote in a 2013 letter to her local radio station. “Well I am the poor, the working poor, and I can’t afford to support myself, let alone older generations and people not willing to work at all. This law will keep me and kids my age from having a future at all.”

Cancer Patients in Houston Kicked Out of Treatment Center

An investigation by the Houston Chronicle revealed that the great promise of Obamacare — to provide affordable care for people with pre-existing conditions, like cancer — has not come to fruition, leaving many cancer patients on their own.

Preferred Provider Plans often cover specialized treatment like care for cancer patients. But now all of these treatment plans are gone for Obamacare patients in the Houston area, the result of a cost-cutting measure that has had dire consequences.

A doctor told Martha Gardenier that she had only a few weeks to live. But after visiting Houston’s top-rated MD Anderson Cancer Center, she received treatment that put her stage-three cancer into remission. Now that her treatment plan has been nixed under Obamacare, however, she is left dangling in the wind, uncertain if she will be able to afford the now $10,000 a month out of pocket costs to continue receiving the care she needs.

Now that her treatment plan has been nixed under Obamacare, however, she is left dangling in the wind, uncertain if she will be able to afford the now $10,000 a month out of pocket costs to continue receiving the care she needs.

It has become, as she told the Houston Chronicle, a life and death struggle.

Obamacare Restrictions and Increases Devastate Elderly Couple

An elderly Mississippi couple depended on Social Security for income — about $23,000 a year between them. They initially had sufficient coverage under Obamacare but that soon changed when United Healthcare dropped Obamacare plans due to significant financial losses.

The couple went on the Obamacare open exchange and found just two remaining plans offered in their area: one that is far too expensive, and one that doesn’t cover any of their needs.

What’s worse, with just one hospital in the whole state that will take either plan, the couple is forced to endure long car rides and other expenses to get care.

But all that is pointless, because the couple can’t afford proper care anyway.

“The increases are disastrous,” Kerry told ONN, “and I’m concerned for not only myself, but so many other people who can’t get quality medical care because of the insurance.”

“I’m concerned for not only myself, but so many other people who can’t get quality medical care because of the insurance.”

Woman Hit with Premium Increase Because Her Husband Died

According to the State Policy Network, Lynn Taylor of Virginia was just hit with a tragedy: in the spring of 2016, her husband passed away. At the end of the year, according to the State Policy Network, she contacted the Obamacare exchange to remove her husband from the policy, back to the date of his death. Expecting a refund, she was shocked to receive a bill in the mail for just under $1,000. As it turned out, her insurance went up after her husband was taken off the rolls.

In that moment, she experienced the strangest of realities under Obamacare: being essentially fined for losing her husband.

In that moment, she experienced the strangest of realities under Obamacare: being essentially fined for losing her husband.

Hair Stylist Falls Into the Obamacare Coverage Pit

Semele McClain, who currently works as a hair stylist in Boise, Idaho, hands over $600 a year to the federal government. And what does she get for her money? Nothing at all. But because McClain can’t afford to buy an ACA policy, she is fined by the IRS. What’s worse, she can’t receive a subsidy to help pay for insurance because she earns too much to qualify, according to the State Policy Network.

because McClain can’t afford to buy an ACA policy, she is fined by the IRS

She has fallen into a coverage pit — a place where hardworking people who make just the wrong amount of money are cast aside, while those who decline to work receive all the benefits. In McClain’s case, she has worked hard to get her realtor’s license and has begun selling real estate on the side, all so she can pay her extreme out of pocket costs and remain afloat.

Small Business Owner Faces 135% Premium Increase Thanks to Obamacare

Citizens Against Government Waste asked everyday Americans to share their experiences with Obamacare. Mike S wrote:

I am 64-years old and a small business owner. My wife and I have had an HSA policy with Anthem for many years. Our premium in 2012 was $540 per month and increased to $670 per month in 2013 in preparation for the start of the Obamacare law. Our new “replacement policy” premium that started in 2014 is $1,269 per month. The plan is not as good as the policy we had. Because of Obamacare, our premium is 2.35 times higher than it was in 2012, an increase of 135% in just two years!

Despite Access to Local Hospital, Woman Forced to Drive Hours to Receive Care

Nancy Petro lives in rural New Hampshire, and although her home is quietly out of the way of the big city, she has a quality hospital conveniently located just minutes from her house. As the State Policy Network first reported, that hospital appeared to be a Godsend, as Petro requires regular thyroid cancer and high blood pressure tests.

But when the cost of Obamacare began to skyrocket, the state’s one insurer had to reduce the hospitals in its network. Now Petro has to literally drive past her own local hospital and continue for more than an hour to another hospital that will see her.

Man Sees Health Care Premiums Quadruple Under Obamacare

William Cinfici of Pennsylvania was shocked to see his premium quadruple in the span of two and a half years, according to the State Policy Network.

With a co-pay of at least $100 for all doctor visits, it now hits hard in Cinfici’s wallet. What is even more frustrating is that his increased cost is supposed to pay for expanded coverage, but all Cinfici gets in return are things he cannot use — like maternity care.

A Hard-Working Man Doomed to Die

Michael Cerpok, an Arizona man who “works hard because I’ve had to,” according to local ABC 15 affiliate, found out he has an incurable form of leukemia that must receive ongoing treatment until he dies.

Back in 2012, he paid just $4,500 a year in out-of-pocket costs for a treatment bill that was more than $350,000, thanks to his private insurance coverage.

But that all changed when Cerpok received a letter in the mail explaining to him that he would be dropped from his coverage because of new regulations under Obamacare.

Evan Smith is a Staff Writer for Opportunity Lives. You can follow him on Twitter @Evansmithreport.