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  • Nomination of Patricia M. Wald to Be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

    by Senator Jeff Flake

    Posted on 2013-12-11

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    FLAKE. Mr. President, I am pleased to take the floor today and join my colleagues in opening the mailbag. All of us have received a lot of mail and email and faxes and texts from individuals who are being harmed by this law.



    For example, Steve from Peoria, AZ, is looking at the premium for his policy through his employer going up in response to ObamaCare nearly 20 percent. In addition, his employers have told him to brace for more impacts like rising prices--all customers are going to get this--and falling salaries for new hires as well.

    Leanne from Eager, AZ, is facing what she calls ``sky high'' rates now thanks to ObamaCare. If this is not bad enough, it looks as if she and her husband will have to put off buying their parents out of their family business. It looks likely that Leanne's parents are going to have to keep working for a while.

    Cristian from Flagstaff, a young husband and father who has a young boy, says he might see his premiums actually decrease marginally. However, thanks to ObamaCare and thanks to changes his employer is making in response to ObamaCare, he is looking at higher copays, higher deductibles, and a decrease in the level of coverage. He is looking at ``a large increase in my [[Page S8748]] responsible portion of my medical bills.'' ObamaCare is far from ideal for those in the workplace, those looking to retire, and for new families.

    With story after story like these, we clearly see that the Affordable Care Act is a misnomer.

    I yield the floor.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Nebraska.

    Mrs. FISCHER. Mr. President, I rise today to speak on behalf of nearly 7,000 Nebraskans who have contacted my office with concerns about ObamaCare. The sticker shock has hit Nebraskans hard.

    A woman from Palmyra writes: This is the first time I have ever written my Senators. We just received our insurance letter telling us that they no longer would have our health insurance policy and the closest policy under the ACA would up our monthly premium from $590.14 to $932.24 for our family of 6. How is this affordable? A constituent from Holdrege writes: I cannot believe the letter I got from Blue Cross today. It informs me that I have to switch my coverage, and my new selected plan will cost me $1,116.74, per month. That's a $571.58 per month increase than what I have now. That's almost double my mortgage payment.

    Also, why am I forced to carry coverage that I don't need or want? At 58, my wife and I are not going to have any more kids. I don't believe I'm going to qualify for any government subsidies. Our planned budget includes our current health care policy. There is no way we can afford the suggested new policies.

    This law is anything but affordable.

    I yield the floor.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Indiana.

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