Toddler who amazed the world with basketball skills faces Obamacare dilemma

While the media is desperate to find someone, anyone who has had a successful Obamacare signup experience, there are plenty of stories of Americans who have been forced into the exchanges only to find their premiums will increase dramatically. The latest example? Joseph Ashby, father of ‘Trick Shot Titus,’ the toddler who won the world over with his incredible basketball skills, who recently lost his insurance because of Obamacare regulations.

In case you aren’t familiar with Titus, below is the YouTube video that received 12 million hits and shot the toddler to viral video fame:

“You remember Trick Shot Titus? He was on Jimmy Kimmel, and he was on our program, and viral videos of this little kid that can do all kinds of trick shots. Well, his dad, Joe, is on the phone with us,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “You went to sign your son up for Obamacare?”

“I’m a contract engineer in addition to hosting the radio show on your affiliate here in Wichita, and we had an individual [healthcare] plan because, you know, being a contract engineer, you have less job security, you don’t get benefits, but you get paid more,” Joe explained. “And we got a letter from BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas a few weeks back that basically said, ‘Hey, your plan is illegal now, but great news: You can sign up for a new one.’ And we started looking at the prices and the deductibles [of Obamacare], and it is shockingly expensive.”

So what exactly qualifies as “shockingly expensive”?

“Well, we already pay kind of a lot. I mean we pay all of it. We don’t have any employer matching. So we paid just over $600 a month for our health insurance. But that’s a $1,000 deductible, and then your coinsurance starts in and all these other things,” Joe said “If I were to sign up for the closest plan to my premium price, which is a $50 more per month premium, but the deductible on it, before you get a red cent from the plan, is $6,350 a person. And I’m thinking to myself, what if we have a baby next year? We’re thinking about having a new baby. Like, we’re going to pay all of that. I mean I could spend $8,500 a year in insurance premiums.”

In an interview with TheBlaze, Joe concluded the family could end up paying as much as $10,000 more over the next year in medical costs under the new Obamacare-compliant plan. The $10,000 estimation is based on a combination of higher premiums and likely medical payment his family would have to make with the increased deductible.

“Well, it’s only a $1,000 deductible to a $6,350 deductible. I mean you’re making it sound bad,” Glenn joked. “You’re making it sound like it’s unaffordable.”

Joe’s story is just one of many examples of families who have had their coverage changed as a result of Obamacare, despite President Obama’s infamous promise that people who like their coverage can keep their coverage.

“Isn’t that amazing? All of a sudden now your plan doesn’t meet the requirements. Why? It’s coverage I like. It’s coverage that was working just fine for my family and I. I could afford it. I was affording it. Why?”

Watch the entire interview below:

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  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Obama lied from the beginning, and the leftist media continues to cover up for him, so why are so many shocked?

    • The Reader

      From the very beginning O’bama lied:

      McCAIN: Sen. Obama wants, if you’ve got [a small business with] employees, if you don’t adopt the health care plan that Sen. Obama mandates, he’s going to fine you. Now, Sen. Obama, I’d still like to know what that fine is going to be.

      OBAMA: Here’s your fine–zero.

      McCAIN: Zero?

      OBAMA: Zero, because as I said in our last debate and I’ll repeat, I exempt small businesses from the requirement for large businesses that can afford to provide health care to their employees, but are not doing it. I exempt small businesses from having to pay into a kitty. But large businesses that can afford it, we’ve got a choice. Either they provide health insurance to their employees or somebody has to. Right now, what happens is those employees get dumped into either the Medicaid system, which taxpayers pick up, or they’re going to the emergency room for uncompensated care, which everybody picks up in their premiums.Source: 2008 third presidential debate against John McCain , Oct 15, 2008

  • Sam Fisher

    And I thought this was suppose to help make healthcare more affordable not making it so hard to get that you have to be a mutli-millionaire to get healthcare.

  • Anonymous

    Antyhting where Glenn Beck talks about little kids should be flagged

    • Anonymous

      You sir, are an ass

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    The delusional Nancy Pelosi before the bill was passed “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it….” So, why should anyone be surprised at anything contained in this piece of garbage? Defund or get rid of it by any means necessary. There are lots and lots more very bad things in the healthscam.

    • Anonymous

      Round up all these damn traitors, beginning with that Kenyan moslem in the out house, and push them all off a cliff with bulldozers.

  • Anonymous

    This is just the beginning, folks. Wait a year and see what the premiums, er tax increases, will be. The leader has three years to go yet.

  • Anonymous

    Kind of pandering here Glenn. Pretty sure this family will be fine. Would rather hear about Joe blow making minimum wage..

  • Anonymous

    I ask myself “why don’t the Democrats see this”. I know many Democrats who’s philosophy is “if I have to accept it, you have to accept it”. They never have believed in standing up fighting for anything.

  • Jonny Danger

    Why was his old plan considered ” illegal”? I still don’t understand that. Its illegal to have health insurance you like? Also, how is making health care unaffordable considered affordable? This is the exact opposite of what people expected. Is there was any justice in the world, Osama would be in Gitmo right now or deported back to Kenya.

  • Jesustheonlyway

    I received an exact letter from my insurance company instructing me that my current plan will end at the end of this year and I must choose another plan or be without insurance. The Dems did this to us.

  • Anonymous

    The moslem obunghole needs to slip and fall, fatally impaling himself on his own obamacare

  • Kay

    Obamacare: Instead of helping the tiny percentage of people who actually need help, we’ll screw things up for everybody! Woo hoo!

  • Anonymous

    lie 1 affordable, lie 2 if you like what you have you can keep it li 3 if you like your doctor you can keep him (well under aarp united there cutting most specialists off there plans and some hospitals) etc etc etc of coarse he and congress and eventually all gov will be exempt. as for the plans that i have read 6000+ deductibles that’s for 1 person its 12000+ for families then 30 to 40 % copays
    and remember this is just the first year part d was cheep and covered more the first year and have changed tiers and raised costs every year since. this will also go up

  • Snorri

    Just think what Obama, Hillary and the Democrats are going to do when Social Security, Medicare and Obama care go bankrupt. “Take two asprin and a shot of vodka”; “Have Faith and Turn to religion”. “Here’s a web site that will answer all of your questions”. But probably the response will just be Bush and the Republicans did it.

  • Warren Wilson

    Obama and his son-of-Satan plantation owner George Soros are not the problem.
    People stupid enough to vote for progressive douchebags are the problem.

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