They came with stories of lives destroyed and futures ruined, of skyrocketing costs and lost coverage, of hopes dashed and uncertain choices ahead.
For these men and women, Obamacare has been far more than just another political talking point. The passage of the Affordable Care Act meant the beginning of a very real nightmare. On Monday their voices were heard loud and clear during a listening session hosted at the White House by president Donald J. Trump.
For these men and women, Obamacare has been far more than just another political talking point. The passage of the Affordable Care Act meant the beginning of a very real nightmare.
“My entire administration, and a lot of people in the Senate and the House, are committed to repealing and replacing this disastrous law with a healthier plan that lowers cost, expands choice and assures access for everyone,” Trump said at the start of the session. “Many Americans lost their plans and doctors all together, and one third of the counties only have one insurer left.”
“The insurance companies are fleeing,” the president added. “They’re just gone.”
Trump used the stories of people like Carrie Couey to illustrate his point. Couey runs a small cattle ranch in Colorado, and because of Obamacare her options for health coverage are limited.
What’s worse, the health care law has put her business in jeopardy.
“Our rates are three times what they were before Obamacare started”
“Our rates are three times what they were before Obamacare started,” Couey said. “We have one provider in the county, so we have very little options for what we can and cannot do. We are a small business, but we aren’t brick and mortar — we are cattle ranchers. We can’t afford our equipment anymore if we’re paying these rates year after year.”
Last year, Couey paid more than $50,000 for health care insurance for her family and her employees. Despite all that, she was still dropped from her insurance in December, and now her future is uncertain.
Opportunity Lives has been reporting on the tragedy of the unintended consequences of Obamacare.
That’s why Trump and the Republican-led Congress has promised to “unleash the power of the private marketplace to let the insurers come in and compete for your business,” as the president put it.
“And then you’ll see rates go down, down, down. And you’ll see plans go up, up, up,” Trump added.
Trump visited Tennessee and Michigan this week for a series of rallies to bolster support for the American Health Care Act. The president will also discuss plans to revitalize American auto-manufacturing, improve education opportunities and modernize the nation’s infrastructure.