Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in Obamacare. They are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama. Yet, they were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.
San Jose, will pay
$1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family
of four. Portola
This much quickly became clear: People with no pre-existing conditions like Vinson "I was laughing at Boehner -- until the mail came today,"
Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare. "I really don't like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family's pocket each year, that's otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy."
Both Vinson and Waschura have adjusted gross incomes greater than four times the federal poverty level -- the cutoff for a tax credit. And while both said they anticipated their rates would go up, they didn't realize they would rise so much.
"Of course, I want people to have health care," Vinson said. "I just didn't realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally."
Priceless. Who did you think was going to pay for it, Mr. Vinson of San Jose?
Thank you Tom, for sponsoring me! I have been against this bill from the beginning although I will get this for free. So this makes me feel a bit better and not so guilty because you willingly voted for this. I will think of you every time I visit the doctors office. And you can think of me every time you cannot afford your vacation.