Barrasso: Obamacare 'Sticker Shock' Looming for Americans

Saturday, 07 Sep 2013 10:51 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Americans are about to get "sticker shock" when Obamacare's health insurance exchanges open on Oct. 1, Sen. John Barrasso warned in Saturday's GOP address.

“There’s no question we needed real reform – reform so that people could get the care they needed, at lower cost," said the Wyoming Republican, who had practiced as an orthopedic surgeon for nearly 25 years before running for Senate. "Americans now know that’s not what President Obama’s healthcare law delivered. What we got is higher taxes and bigger government, without the lower costs or quality care."



Barrasso Saturday pushed for a repeal on the president's signature agenda item, saying it is not only too expensive, but will cost jobs nationwide.

"Many families are going to have real sticker shock when they see their new insurance rates, even families who get government subsidies," said Barrasso.

Further, he said, the nation's businesses are either cutting employees or keeping them working fewer than 30 hours a week to avoid Obamacare's mandate that employers with 50 or more full-time employees must offer health insurance or pay a penalty.

Barrasso, citing the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, said the average family premium for people getting insurance at work is nearly $3,000 higher than it was when Obama took office -- and costs remain high through the exchanges, even for people who are able to get subsidies.

"Despite the higher cost to consumers and to workers, many people will still not get the quality health care the President promised them," Barrasso says.

Companies are also choosing to drop coverage for spouses, which makes it harder for families to pay for health insurance, Barrasso said.

"Americans want real solutions to bring down the cost of healthcare, not more press releases and propaganda," he said, in reference to a heavily publicized speech by former President Bill Clinton this past week that praised the health insurance law.

Americans should, instead, back ongoing Republican efforts to end Obamacare and start over with a more effective health care plan.

“The American people have a choice,” he said. “We can embrace the status quo of ObamaCare for four more years. Or we can repeal the law, and quickly move to help people get the care they need, from a doctor they choose, at lower cost."

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