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This Trumbull family’s experience with the new health law is troubling.
— Doubling of Costs
— Losing its network of physicians
— Cancer hospitals not covered
Tell us your experience (confidentiality protected).
The next issue of our digital newspaper is January 25th. By then, we will have changed our name to The Connecticut Patriot.
Last week, former state senator and now candidate for Congress, Dan Debicella, wrote a compelling opinion piece in the Connecticut Post. He wrote honestly and frankly about how ObamaCare is negatively impacting a Trumbull family with four children who lost their insurance because of the new law. That family is mine.
As my family was put through the horror of losing our health plan, the words of Congressman Jim Himes clanged like a death knell in my head. On October 11, 2013, Himes said “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” My experience proves Himes wrong.
But this isn’t debate on the floor of Congress, this is my life and health and welfare of my kids. Not only did we lose our plan, but we now face a 100% increase in premium costs.
That’s right, a 100% increase. Our premium went from $9,600 to $19,800 annually. That’s food off our table, education dollars wasted and charitable donations forgone.
But that isn't the most frightening part. What is frightening is that I have now been informed by all my family’s doctors – our primary care physician, our pediatrician, our orthopedist – that they will not accept any Exchange Plans. None.
They won’t accept Anthem, Aetna, or Connecticare health policies that conform to the Affordable Health Care Act.
Moreover, renowned medical centers such as Sloan Kettering in New York City and the Mayo Clinic in the mid-west have made the same announcement. So, where will I take a family member who – God forbid – has cancer or a grave cardiac condition? How will I tell my daughter, wife, and mother that the best of care will not be an available option?
That is the reality families like mine face. I am not alone. The vast majority of those who had individual health insurance policies are facing the same dilemma.
So, my family has lost “the plan we liked,” is seeing a doubling of our premium, can no longer see the “doctors we want to keep,” and has lost access to critical care facilities if in dire need.
How is that even remotely fair?
I am a registered Republican. But honestly this is not about partisan politics and this isn't a talking point. This is about right and wrong. The truth is that the administration had never intended for the existing plans to be maintained. The truth is either Congressman Himes was duped or worse yet, lied to us about the program from the beginning. In either case it’s just plain wrong.
I call on all our elected officials---in both Parties---to fix this problem before catastrophe strikes my family or one of yours.
Jeffrey Alan Wright