It is now a reality that premiums and deductibles are rising and making healthcare unaffordable. This is exactly opposite of what the politicians attempted to get the public to buy into. I remember one news clip of a dominant politician pathologically repeating the word, “affordable” during an interview. She must have repeated the word at least seven times and admitted to never reading the bill for the Affordable Care Act. The bill was sold to the public on the basis of it being affordable for the consumer.
Feedback from people all over the nation tells a different story, and one-story really sums it up. Her deductible had more than doubled and her premiums had increased threefold. Her husband, a diabetic, needed continual continuity of care for monitoring. These changes have now led to her not being able to afford health insurance. So of course she went back to the exchange to look for options and found that this was the only company offering insurance in that particular state, now a common denominator throughout.
What can the patient do? Can we really trust the same politicians who told us the law was affordable to put the right fixes into place?