This story from CNN speaks for itself. Some snippets:
Washington state resident Jessica Sanford was bursting with pride when President Obama mentioned her story during a Rose Garden event on health care reform last month at the White House.
“Who wouldn’t?” Sanford asks. “I’m a nobody really to have him mention my story.”
Back in October, Sanford had written a letter to the White House to share her good news. The 48-year-old single mother of a teenage son diagnosed with ADHD had just purchased what she considered to be affordable insurance on the Washington state exchange.
But then, after Obama mentioned her story, Sanford started having problems. Sanford said she received another letter informing her the Washington state health exchange had miscalculated her eligibility for a tax credit.
In other words, her monthly insurance bill had shot up from $198 a month (she had initially said $169 a month to the White House but she switched plans) to $280 a month for the same “gold” plan offered by the state exchange.
Ooops. But that wasn’t the end of Sanford’s story. After more letters from the state exchange, Sanford’s ‘best’ option was a high deductible “bronze” plan that would have cost her $324/mo. – with no subsidies. She decided that she couldn’t afford the plan, and will continue to go without insurance. Sanford took her frustrations to her Facebook page:
“Wow. You guys really screwed me over,” Sanford wrote. “Now I have been priced out and will not be able to afford the plans you offer. But, I get to pay $95 and up for not having health insurance. I am so incredibly disappointed and saddened. You majorly screwed up.”
Recall that Civitas continues to collect and publish Obamacare horror stories from across North Carolina at www.icouldntkeepmyplan.com