November 7, 2013
A San Francisco couple that considers themselves longtime liberals and supporters of President Barack Obama say the president’s hallmark health care legislation has left them struggling to find a new insurance plan.
According to a ProPublica report published on Wednesday, architect Lee Hammack claims the ordeal that his family has endured as of late is “the most extreme” of the sob stories picked up by the media since the president’s Affordable Care Act began taking applications last month.
So-called “Obamacare” has been plagued with problems since before Americans were able to buy into policies on October 1, but headlines in the week since have been dominated by tales of people who’ve been kicked from health care plans or were unable to sign up altogether due to glitches with the website where would-be policy-buyers can sign up.
Hammack told ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein that he and his wife Joellen Brothers are both in outstanding health and consider themselves to be “cradle Democrats” that helped campaign for Obama during the last presidential election. Regardless, the roll-out of Obamacare last month has left them forced to find a new health coverage plan, and apparently without any real rhyme or reason.
Ornstein investigated the couple’s claims and found out that their most recent plan — a $550 monthly policy through Kaiser Permanente — indeed fit the mold of what the president’s law requires Americans to buy. Even so, however, the husband and wife were told by Kaiser recently that their plan would expire at the end of the year, and all the options they’re seeing now cost upwards of double for equal or worse coverage.
“Our first reaction was clearly there’s got to be some mistake,” Hammack said of opening up the cancellation letter from Kaiser. “This was before the exchanges opened up. We quickly calmed down. We were confident that this would all be straightened out. But it wasn’t.”