Nomination of Patricia M. Wald to Be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Boardby Senator Roy Blunt
Posted on 2013-12-11
BLUNT. Mr. President, I wish to share a couple letters I received
I was talking earlier in the day on some of these situations and again what happens when one side thinks they can do whatever they want to do and the consequences of that.
This letter is from Paul from East Prairie, MO, in the Missouri bootheel: Upon hearing the potential changes coming January 1st, I decided to investigate the stories I heard. I learned that in 2014 my family's premium would go from $597/mo with two $5000 deductibles to $1119/mo with two $4300 deductibles. My cheapest option is $1,085.00/mo with a $12,700 deductible.
Not only was this unaffordable, it was pointless to have insurance.
Certainly, I agree with that. If your deductible is $12,700 and you are paying over $1,000 every month to get insurance, what is that? It is certainly not affordable health care.
Here is a letter from Tom in St. Louis, who said: My company is a great company to work for, but unfortunately our health insurance policy went from $490 to $690/month. That is $200/month that I can't put towards my kids' education. That is a lot of money for a working guy to come up with every month. My co-workers are struggling with this increase too. I will look into all the options available and hope we do not have doctor changes. We are familiar with the plan we had and we liked it.
A third one from Sherri in Holts Summit, MO. She had a preexisting condition and was in the high-risk pool. She said: I saw the price, the co-pays and the deductibles and I can't afford it.
So it looks like I will suffer on and have even less money while having a policy I won't be able to afford to use.
We are getting those letters every hour of every day. I think it is not what the American people thought they were going to get.
The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Markey). The Senator from Iowa.