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

    by Senator John Barrasso

    Posted on 2013-12-11

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    BARRASSO. Mr. President, I just found out PolitiFact, which is a group who takes a look at what politicians say each year, just came out with what they are describing as the ``Lie of the Year.'' PolitiFact, ``Lie of the Year.'' It is none other than that of President Barack Obama, ``If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,'' called by PolitiFact the ``Lie of the Year.'' It is not surprising that those of us from around the country are getting letters, emails, and calls from folks at home who are finding out they cannot keep it. They listened to the President, they believed the President, who has now had his statement listed as being the ``Lie of the Year.'' I have a letter from Cody, WY, from a man who said: Just got a quote from my insurance agent on a Obama care insurance. From $860 that I currently spend per month for my family of 4, to $2,400 per month.

    He said: All with the low deductible of $10,000 per person per year. I'm not sure what planet they think I live on, but there is no way I can spend more than \1/2\ of my monthly income on insurance. For the first time in my adult life I will soon be without insurance. What does it matter if my two 18-year-old children can stay on an insurance plan if I can't afford to keep one? Also, all the airtime to preexisting conditions is meaningless if I can't afford to keep a plan.

    I feel greatly blessed to have the good paying job that I have. It puts me above the pay level that would allow me to get any subsidies. By the way, with the system in place this year I wouldn't have needed subsidies.

    Because he was paying something he could afford.

    I have never needed them in the past and would like to continue to never get a hand out from my government.

    This is what I expect to hear from the people of Wyoming--not looking for a handout from the government and able to take care of themselves. They are rugged individuals.

    What this constituent has gotten from a Presidential promise turns out to be the lie of the year. He sees an increase in his health insurance from $860 a month to over $2,000 a month.

    He said: I employ 35 people with my company. When we first opened about a year and \1/2\ ago we were talking about getting some sort of coverage. It became very clear that we will not be able to do this, and have stopped any of our plans to provide this in the future. We also know for sure that we can not afford to ever employ more than 50 people, so as we continue to grow, there is an upward limit on how many people we will hire.

    Here is an individual who has a business and has hired 35 people. He is not going to provide insurance because the costs are too high. He says that he is never going to have more than 50 employees. The opportunities may be there--wanting to put people back to work--but, no, there is a cap at 50. Why? Because of the health care law that has been forced down the throats of the American people. It was voted along party lines by Democrats in the House and in the Senate. So here we are, hurting the economy and hurting people's health.

    He goes on: Simple economics, Obamacare is a job killer in Wyoming.

    ObamaCare is a job killer not just in Wyoming but all across the country.

    He said: It has never been easy to be in business, that is part of the fun of being successful. It is discouraging when our federal government limits the American dream for everyone.

    I am thankful for your efforts, but from my chair in Cody, it is already too late.

    A failed Web site is just the tip of the iceberg. Web sites can be fixed, but what can't be fixed is the destruction this health care law is doing to the health of America in terms of canceled policies. We now have over 5 million policies that have been canceled across the country. Five million people have letters saying: We are sorry, but your policy is canceled. Why? Maybe they didn't have the type of insurance the President deemed good enough for them.

    I received a letter from a lady who lives in Newcastle, WY. She is a rancher. I talked to her at our Farm Bureau meeting in Wyoming. She said: I lost my insurance because the President didn't deem my policy good enough because it didn't include maternity coverage. She knows me and knows I am a doctor. She said: Doc, I had a hysterectomy; I don't need maternity coverage. She knows whether she needs maternity coverage. The President of the United States doesn't have a clue. Yet he is the one who determines what kind of coverage she needs because it is the President who decided that he will be the one who will decide what the American people need, not them. She knew what worked for her and her family and what they could afford as far as a deductible.

    There are people across my State who have absolute levels of anger and anxiety, and it is reflected in the letters I continue to get.

    The front page of yesterday's Wall Street Journal talked about the amount of deductibles. The deductibles in the bronze policy are the cheapest and average over $5,000 per person. A husband and wife will have a $10,000 deductible before they even get to the insurance. Yet they have to buy expensive insurance with these huge deductibles in order to comply with the individual mandate the Democrats have forced on the American people, that you have to buy it whether you call it a fee, a fine, or a charge. Call it what you will--a tax.

    So we have the fact that the costs are too high and, of course, the deductibles.

    I am going to continue to come back. I will be back later this evening with more letters, but I appreciate your attention.

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