Nomination of Patricia M. Wald to Be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Boardby Senator Chuck Grassley
Posted on 2013-12-11
GRASSLEY. Mr. President, there is more wrong with the Affordable
Care Act than just the Web site not working. In fact, the Web site is
just a symptom of bigger problems.
Similar to my colleagues, I wish to share the problems Iowans have with the Affordable Care Act. So I come to the floor today to share just one of hundreds of emails, letters, and phone calls from my constituents in Iowa expressing sticker shock about the Affordable Care Act.
A working mother in Decorah, IA, who lost her employer-sponsored coverage for her family because of rising costs, wrote to me and said the following: . . . comparable plans do not seem to exist on the healthcare exchange. The closest we can come (and still see our own doctors) cost almost $1050 per month. This represents a 247% increase in cost over our prior employer provided plan--and with much higher deductibles! My husband is a self-employed small business owner. We covered our family of 4 on my group health plan, which includes a 21 year old adult daughter in college, who is not a legal tax dependent. If we receive any `subsidy', it will be insignificant in relation to the total jump in our out of pocket costs related to the so called ``Affordable Care Act''.
The general public seems to believe that anyone who does not qualify for premium subsidies can easily afford a premium increase--no matter how outrageous. Yet an increase of almost 250% in our personal cost of providing an inferior policy for our family--which represents an increase in costs of roughly 20% of our gross income--can only be described as an absolute disaster.
I think this email from a real person who is really living this train wreck of a health care law speaks for itself.
I yield the floor.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Kansas.