**Posted by Phineas
For [Sue] Klinkhamer, 60, President Obama’s oft-repeated words ring in her ears: “If you like your health plan, you will keep it.”
Well, possibly not.
When Klinkhamer lost her congressional job (1), she had to buy an individual policy on the open market.
Three years ago, it was $225 a month with a $2,500 deductible. Each year it went up a little to, as of Sept. 1, $291 with a $3,500 deductible. Then, a few weeks ago, she got a letter.
“Blue Cross,” she said, “stated my current coverage would expire on Dec. 31, and here are my options: I can have a plan with similar benefits for $647.12 [or] I can have a plan with similar [but higher] pricing for $322.32 but with a $6,500 deductible.”
She went on, “Blue Cross also tells me that if I don’t pick one of the options, they will just assume I want the one for $647. … Someone please tell me why my premium in January will be $356 more than in December?”
This may surprise some of you, but I genuinely feel a bit sorry for Sue, in the way I’d feel sorry for a naive child who learns that Santa Claus isn’t real. It can be tough for anyone to have to face reality and finally grow up, especially when they’re sixty and not six. Her apparent naive faith in what the Democratic Party and her boss were then telling her is charming. And Sue was a trooper, defending the legislation in the face of angry and undeniably rude constituents. And yet this is the thanks she gets.
Reality check, Sue: This is exactly what you fought for, whether you know it or not. Maybe you and your boss should have read the bill.
Former Hill staffer who fought for #Obamacare, now can’t afford her own health coverage…and she ain’t happy. http://t.co/mQkTQ3W9Km
— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) October 29, 2013
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)