The election is over, harvest is very close to completion and I finally feel like I can take a breath. But only a short breath because I need to make a decision on our health insurance. You see, our current individual insurance policy will not available as of January 1. BlueCross BlueShield is exiting the individual health insurance world so my family along with many, many other families have to switch to another health insurance company and plan.
Obamacare has been terrible for my family. Our premiums have skyrocketed. We make just enough income to not qualify for any premium reductions. I feel like I have been screaming about how 65% yearly premium increases are not sustainable and no one is hearing me. All of my government representatives supported and voted for Obamacare and when you talk with them about the problems of Obamacare, this is the typical response:
“Obamacare has been successful because millions now have insurance that never had it before. Only 5% of people have individual policies who are now seeing the high premium increases.”
It’s a canned response. I know because I have heard the exact same statement over and over and over.
This frustrates me to no end because I am one of the 5% and the way they minimize the problem makes me feel that I don’t matter. In my world, it’s a big problem and yet no one in the Democratic party wants to acknowledge my pain–they just want me to know about the “millions” it helped. Kind of like a “sorry, sucks to be you” attitude.
A few weeks ago, Governor Dayton finally stated Obamacare is no longer affordable. It was actually a breath of fresh air that someone in government has acknowledged what we have known all along. But now he’s backpedaling and actually asked Minnesotans to elect more Democrats so they can fix the problem. Are you kidding me? You created the problem and we are supposed to trust you to fix it?