Adrian Daily Telegram: Tecumseh cancer patient’s insurance canceled; ACA won’t give her a subsidy
December 6, 2013
"If you like your health plan, you can keep it" has been President Obama's promise to the American people for the last four years. But recently he attempted to apologize to those who are losing health insurance because of the law. While I'm glad the president is starting to see the truth, the American people need more than just apologies. They need solutions.
Rosann, a 29-year-old woman from Tecumseh, has been battling sarcoma cancer for more than a year. In that time she has undergone chemotherapy once and radiation twice. Because of her disease and treatments, she can't work full time, but through a part-time job as a substitute teacher at a local preschool she pays her health care bills and student loans.
That's until she received a notice that she will lose her current health care because of President Obama's health care law, and have to pay $225 more a month. She also can't receive a subsidy because she currently lives with her family and it's based on household income, not the fact that she has been paying her own bills.
"I just thought that you should know about how this law is affecting hard working people who pay their bills," Ann Konz, Rosann's mother told our office. "Her healthcare should be based on her income, not ours."
Despite these frustrations Rosann often tells her family, "We'll just go with it and God will take care of us."
Rosann doesn't need an apology or special treatment. She just wants to be able to keep her insurance, along with 225,000 people across Michigan who have lost their coverage in the last seven weeks alone.
To provide immediate relief to individuals like Rosann, the U.S. House recently voted with strong bipartisan support of H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act, which would allow Americans whose plans haven't already been canceled to keep their current coverage in 2014. It's at least a start in addressing this destabilizing health care law, but it's important to remember that the only way to permanently stop all these cancellation letters is a full repeal of the president's health care law.
In order to get America's health care back on track and reduce costs, we must implement common sense reforms that will allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, to permit small businesses to join together to buy group health insurance, and to expand the use of health savings accounts so no health issue becomes a financial issue too.
Americans were not told the truth by the president about being able to keep the insurance that they like and has worked well for them. I remain committed to fighting for Americans and providing fairness for all by working towards implementing common sense reforms. My hope is the president finally begins working with us towards real health care solutions — and keeps his promise to the American people.To read the original article at Adrian Daily Telegram, please click here.