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Don’t get sick - Health care costs are rising for those already insured

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Published on Mon, Dec 27, 2010 by BY PAM STEVENS | MANAGING EDITOR

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Frustration over the new Obamacare is rising as employers and employees are now seeing first-hand the actual costs to consumers for this “new and improved” health care system.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but our family’s health care costs went up over $400 a month, and that’s with my husband’s company pitching in an additional $50 a month.

Not only did our premiums go up, but so did our deductible—by $500 per year.
The frustration of the cost of this new health care system is hitting even those who never had to pay for health insurance.
Microsoft employees now have to pay out-of-pocket for some of their health care costs, which is new for them. When my husband worked there, we never a paid a dime for any of our health care costs, except a small percentage of dental.
Boeing employees are also seeing their premiums rise as well as their deductibles.
As for the little guys, like us here at the Journal, it’s hard to even talk about. Terribly high deductibles, higher premiums and less coverage.

As our Publisher, Desiree Cahoon said, “Don’t get sick!”
This new health care program is sucking the lifeblood out of not just the little guys but the big guys too.
For those hanging on by a thread financially, these higher premiums and deductibles could bring devastation to them if they happen to get diagnosed with cancer or some other life-threatening and expensive disease.

Many families will not be able to pay for surgeries or other crucial health management costs.

I know there is a need to make sure everyone gets some kind of health care but in a time where many are still looking for jobs, or just got rehired and are trying to get caught up, these new costs could push them under even more.

Congress needs to take a second look at this so called health care reform they have pushed through and really tally up the costs for those who are trying to be self-sufficient and just survive another month.

Rushing into health reform hasn’t helped the majority. It is actually bringing more families down.

Is it really going to take replacing Obama to get rid of Obamacare altogether? Hopefully, when we elect a new President we won’t just change the name, we will actually change what it entails and create a system that works for the majority of Americans.


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