September 25th, 2013
Contradicting White House claim that new regulations will be “affordable”
(PaulWatson) – Despite a Department of Health and Human Services report released today which claims Obamacare costs will be “affordable” for most Americans, we received quite a different response when we asked Twitter and Facebook users how the new regulations would financially impact them.
“For millions of Americans, these new options will finally make health insurance work within their budgets,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, remarks that have been eagerly reported by the mainstream media.
However, Obama administration talking points based on the notion that the new Affordable Care Act will actually be affordable for most Americans don’t appear to jive with the experiences of real people who will be paying out.
The following tweets are responses from people to the question, “Let me know if your costs are INCREASING or DECREASING under #Obamacare.”
@PrisonPlanet my family’s costs will go up by $3800, I consider myself lucky compared to some
— Stayfrostyusa (@stayfrostyusa) September 25, 2013
— Steve Harris (@Steveharris164) September 25, 2013
@PrisonPlanet Increasing! Insurance cost through work jumped from about $60 per month to $260.
— Vladimir Caba (@Rotlieber) September 25, 2013
— Dan Schweiger (@opie27) September 25, 2013
@PrisonPlanet Increasing. I refuse 2B fleeced now, & would B forced in2 system subsidize’n big pharma & insurance co.s or B taxed 4 refusal
— Sasha Dix (@SashaDix) September 25, 2013
@PrisonPlanet increasing by 22% a month! F Obamacare!
— Robert Whittaker (@c0wboi) September 25, 2013
— 1humanvoice (@1humanvoice) September 25, 2013
@PrisonPlanet actually, that is consistent my rates skyrocketing. Knew it wasn’t just me
— TheBird (@oakharborbird) September 25, 2013
@PrisonPlanet Everyone at the office is increasing 300 to 350 per family fr 959 to 1287.
— Kat MC (@katzeye75) September 25, 2013
— Tyler Clark (@Chiclub04) September 25, 2013
— Andy k (@Andykins33) September 25, 2013
The following tweets are responses to the question, “How much are your costs increasing thanks to #Obamacare?”
@RealAlexJones I pay $840 a yr now. Est by gov calculator shows $5,000.00 plus a yr. & at end of week I face lay off. Maybe I shd just die.
— CV Berg (@CVBerg1) September 25, 2013
@RealAlexJones my employer says they will go up 60% for them. Blue cross is allowing them to renew early to avoid it this year
— aLew (@aLew23) September 25, 2013
@RealAlexJones my health care will go from 235.00 a month. To 605.00 as per the silver state health exchange. That’s food off my table
— PFakk (@12gascan) September 25, 2013
— Steve (@srd978) September 25, 2013
@RealAlexJones so far $450.00 a month
— Farah Ferguson (@farfergus) September 25, 2013
@RealAlexJones like $100 a month, I’m just gonna eat the $95 annual fine
— The Freeman (@JonSmif) September 25, 2013
— J. Dennis Thomas (@JDennisThomas) September 25, 2013
@RealAlexJones Had a baby last year copay $450, pregnant again, deductible for this one $750.
— Mark Alcantar (@malcantar76) September 25, 2013
@RealAlexJones my neighbor has been dropped, she’s 7 months pregnant has 3 other children had BCBS insurance. New Federal mandates. Nice!
— Farah Ferguson (@farfergus) September 25, 2013
— Jason Brown (@JBmadestrong) September 25, 2013
Get the picture? I had to stop there because this webpage simply couldn’t handle the amount of tweets that were coming in. My Twitter account is now completely overloaded with people complaining about soaring Obamacare costs.
Where are the “millions of Americans” who can now afford health insurance thanks to Obamacare, according to Kathleen Sebelius? I am struggling to find any.
Here’s a collection of comments from a Facebook thread in response to the question, “Will your costs be increasing or decreasing under Obamacare?”
“Mine have already increased.”
“Mine has significantly increased.”
“INCREASING!! PLUS I ALREADY GOT DROPPED FROM MY DOCTOR!!”
“Mine’s going up 65% I have no choice but to completely drop it.”
“Already have increased by about 200%.”
“Increasing for sure.”
“Increasing at my work.”
“My boss is eating the costs. Def increasing.”
“Everyday reports are coming in and telling a grim picture. Costs are going up. My son, who is single, will be $300 per month poorer. Thanks Obama.”
“Speaking as someone working in the health insurance industry, i can verify that this year alone premiums have skyrocketed – and because of the “affordable care” act.”
“Increasing..no to obamacare.”
“Already went up! Just what we needed.”
“Increasing by at least $7,000 per year on average.”
“Per my employer they are doubling.”
Out of hundreds of responses, barely a handful said their costs would be decreasing. A generous estimate would be that around 1% of respondents said their costs would drop thanks to Obamacare.
So while the media is busy parroting the claim that Obamacare costs are largely dependent on where you live, the overwhelming consensus from Americans who live all over the country is that the new regulations are not “affordable” at all but in fact a huge financial burden.