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Congressman Stephen Fincher

Representing the 8th District of TENNESSEE

Blindsided by empty promises of Obamacare

Nov 4, 2013
Opinion Pieces

“If you like your health care plan you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period.” That was just one of the many empty promises President Obama made to dupe the American people into thinking his Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was anything more than flawed.

Today, as the federal government struggles to get Obamacare up and running, we’re able to see just how far the president’s promises of 2009 are from reality

In the past two weeks, my offices have received dozens of calls, letters, and Facebook messages from constituents who have received notices from their health care providers letting them know their plans would be discontinued Dec. 31. Meanwhile, hundreds of others are complaining that their healthcare coverage is changing and their premiums are skyrocketing as their insurers scramble to come into compliance with the health care law’s thousands of pages of regulations.

When I was elected to Congress, I chose not to enroll into the Federal Employee Health Benefits program (Congressional health care) that is available to members of Congress and their staffs. Instead, I kept the same Tennessee Farm Bureau insurance my family has had for years. It’s the same type of plan that many of my friends in Frog Jump and across West Tennessee have. Even that plan has seen significant increases in the premium thanks to Obamacare.

By no means does that compare to the blindside felt by many of my constituents who thought they were going to be able to keep their healthcare, but it’s something that unites us all – Obamacare is a far cry from what the president promised it would be.

Just Monday, NBC News reported that the Obama administration “has known for at least three years” that millions of Americans would receive cancellation notices from their insurers, thanks to Obamacare. The network cited four sources that estimate between 50 and 75 percent of the 14 million Americans who buy their insurance individually will lose their coverage in 2014. And with the government dictating the types of policies folks can buy, you bet they’ll often cost a lot more, putting families in a personal financial crisis. Sadly, these realities aren’t unique to West Tennessee. All across the country, millions of hard-working Americans are seeing drastic changes to their health care coverage and their premiums go up at an alarming rate. Families are being faced with the genuine uncertainty these changes create as they struggle to understand what health care coverage and costs will look like in 2014 and beyond.

Hearing these first-hand accounts from my constituents each day only serves to renew my resolve. Moving forward, I will continue to fight to protect all Americans from this awful law.

Originally published in the Jackson Sun on 3 November 2013.