Former congressional aide rips Obamacare: It should be called the “Available Care Act” not the Affordable Care Act

As the Obamacare rollout continued to be marred by poor enrollment numbers and glitches, one former supporter has come forward with a scathing critique of the President’s signature healthcare law. Sue Klinkhamer spent two years fighting for Obamacare while working for Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL). Now that she has seen the effect of President Obama’s healthcare overhaul on her health insurance rates, however, Klinkhamer is openly admitting she was “very wrong.”

“I wouldn’t have sympathy for them, but so many people who were against this [law] are being forced into it now. This is the problem. You can vote and have your little utopia, but unfortunately, if we have a government, a federal government that makes all of the rules, there’s no place for us to go,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “You can have it in Massachusetts. You could have it in California. Try your little utopian experiment. Do it. But leave me out of it. I don’t want anything to do with it. Did you see the letter from the woman who is actually working on the healthcare plan?”

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In an email sent to her former boss, Rep. Foster, and other Democratic colleagues, Klinkhamer reportedly wrote:

I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger. When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job. I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price. I have now learned that I was wrong. Very wrong.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, when Klinkhamer lost her congressional job, she had to buy an individual policy on the open market. Three years ago, it was $225 a month with a $2,500 deductible. As of September 1, the policy cost $291a month with a $3,500 deductible.

And then came the letter from her insurance company stating that her policy was no longer in compliance with Obamacare standards.

“Blue Cross,” she said, “stated my current coverage would expire on Dec. 31, and here are my options: I can have a plan with similar benefits for $647.12 [or] I can have a plan with similar [but higher] pricing for $322.32 but with a $6,500 deductible… Blue Cross also tells me that if I don’t pick one of the options, they will just assume I want the one for $647. … Someone please tell me why my premium in January will be $356 more than in December?”

But her rant continued: “I am a Democrat and I believe in health care for all,” she said. “And I was excited that previously uninsured people could now get insurance on the open market. But this is not affordable to me. Just call it the Available Care Act.”

“It won’t be available either,” Stu quipped. “Wait till you get to the doctors lines and all the other stuff. That will take a while. Once that kicks in, it won’t be available.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

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    • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

      As Harry Reid stated: A stepping stone to a one-payer system. Government will soon be a provider of state-sponsored healthcare that will make a nightmare be a day dream in comparison.

      • Draxx

        I cannot believe that I am still having such a problem waking ignorant people up, and man let me tell you there sure seems to be a lot of Sheeple out there…

        • Anonymous

          Unless a person is directly affected in a negative way, they will not wake up. Ignorance is certainly a factor but for the most part it’s the selfish streak in too many people whose mantra is: “Hooray for me and screw everyone else.”

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    One solution is coming, if the Democrat Socialists and Vichy Republicans have their way…

    State Controlled economics, including the medical system in its entirety. State-centered and state-controlled decisions and choices that never have worked, cannot be made to work, and shall never work.

  • Anonymous

    Well, it’s hard to feel any sympathy for her plight since she was a cheerleader for the “affordable” care act and was in obama’s corner rooting for it. This is just the beginning of the sad, agonizing, and enraging realization that his supporters are going to experience if this scam is allowed to continue. Unfortunately, the ill informed are bringing the rest of us down with them. Scrap the whole fiasco before its too late. There is nothing to salvage about it and we who knew this would happen were right all along and if people continue to support this scheme then don’t come back later and complain. As my dearly departed Mother-in-law, a Castro survivor always said, people get the government they deserve.

    • greywolfrs

      You shouldn’t feel any sympathy for her plight simply because of that. She must have been another one who thought we should “pass the bill to see what’s in it.”

  • Sam Fisher

    They should call it for what it truly is. the fascist act.

  • Anonymous

    Obamacare is fast becoming the nail in the liberal coffin!

  • amiciLatinae

    Did Pelosi pick the name “Affordable Care Act?” She is so sarcastic and arrogant and cruel it just seems like something she would do. The name Obamacare is kinder, but will Boehner and the Grand Ol Party Good Ol’ Boys and McConnell really try to repeal Obamacare or is this a charade because they know they have allowed Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans Health Care to grow into monsters too big to feed? Are they only too happy to saddle citizens with what Sowell correctly labeled a form of institutional slavery?

  • Carol Davis

    I was one of those angry tea party folks protesting many times outside of Bill Foster’s office in Batavia, IL. We certainly didn’t “spit on” anyone or call them names, but no doubt some of his constituents may have. People here were furious at Foster’s arrogant attitude toward us, which all of the Leftists had. Those elitists, of course, always know what is better for us “little people” than we do! He lost in 2010, but HE IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS AGAIN IN 2014!

    • Anonymous

      Gee, why did the congress, senate, eo, and their staff request to be exempt from the law they thought was so great for the, “little people.”

  • dennis reilly

    but Obama, Jarrett and Axelrod all will have health care and that is what matters most, just ask them and they will tell you!!!!

  • Anonymous

    This is the reason I got worried when Republicans proposed delaying the Individual Mandate as an alternative to defunding Obamacare. Fortunately the Dems didn’t go for that the first time around, though now there are a few break-away Dems who are starting to talk delay.

    If we’re going to have a chance of defeating this monstrosity, people need to be hit over the head with it, like a 2×4. They’re going to have to see where it affects them, hard and fast, as is starting to happen, so that people can *still* remember what their health care coverage *used* to be like before this came along, and they can compare. Many of the Dems are still putting out this line that, “I’m happy, because it means 40 million people are going to get health care.” A relative few of those people are starting to see the consequences for themselves of their dream for others. If the Republicans in Congress have any brain cells left I hope they get it that their focus needs to be *only* on defunding or repealing this law, not delaying it. People have to see with their own eyes how this affects them, and how it’s denying coverage to those who *used* to have it. It’s not working out the way they thought it would, and it’s going to take a while for people to see that, as this law continues to lumber forward. Republicans really need to make sure that people are not denied the opportunity to see what this is, to not become inured to the law’s effects. Once they feel it in their own lives, Republicans will have a fighting chance of repealing this once and for all at some point in the future, and replacing it with something resembling what Americans who get the genius of our economic system would come up with to *really* make health care affordable *and* available to the masses.

    There is a danger, however, that most people will not see this as the gov’t screwing up, but rather extortion by the insurance co’s. You can bet the Dems will exploit that opportunity if it presents itself. They will say, “We tried to make the private system work. As we can see, it doesn’t. We need single payer.” There are a lot of ordinary people who are saying this now, and it may grow in the future, even as a result of this gov’t bungling. They’re getting tired of dealing with what feels like a complicated and unfair system, and they’d rather just have a single entity deal with it.

    We should remember that the ’08 financial crisis was largely a consequence of gov’t policy over the course of a decade re. subprime lending. When it happened, Wall Street, not the gov’t, got blamed for it, and it allowed the gov’t to pursue a takeover strategy of private finance, which has not helped our economy grow. Right now the focus is on the insurance exchanges, and the blame is clearly going towards the gov’t. Republicans need to somehow make the cost issue very clear to people, that it’s gov’t policy causing it, not insurance co’s. The big issue is going to be re-establishing a sense of trust in the private system. Things have gotten out of whack there, and it’s largely because of crony capitalism and political favoritism, over many years, where the insurance, pharmaceutical, and medical industries have gotten in bed with politicians to ice out competition, creating a captive, distorted market. Conservatives need to find a way of breaking that up, and I suspect it’s going to require health care reformers understanding that they’re going to need to pursue solutions in the private sector, to provide competition to this crony system that’s been built up, and finding willing political partners who will deregulate enough to allow those opportunities, but not so much that quality of care drops.

  • greywolfrs

    It shouldn’t even be called the available care act. If one couldn’t afford the premiums before, how can they afford them now? How does that make care “available?” It doesn’t…

  • Anonymous

    Now, does any one believe that Obama is a liar?That is his main purpose to destroy America.WAKE UP AMERICA. OBAMA IS NOT A GOOD PRESIDENT.He lied so much to the American people.Here is what he says…..

  • Hammockbear

    Spoke with a class mate today briefly about Obama Care not working. Class mate is strong liberal. Classmate stated that the people who already have signed up are in the “Testing Stage”. So I asked how she felt about that and she said , “Great” When I next asked if she felt any empathy for those people she proudly said ,”No”.
    I did not bother to say another word. My thought was about, the people who have signed up and may be Guinea Pigs.. My class mate was formerly employed at the IRS. Enough Said………….

  • Anonymous

    Where is the discussion from you people on the fact that Congress exempted themselves from participating in this Affordable Care Act with complexity from Obama.

    • Hammockbear

      The discussion is so nauseating that it is now Mute. But am sure the topic will be part of the fireworks after Seballius will cop out of answering questions tomorrow. Let the chips fall where they may seems appropriate at this time. What a disgusting Mess.

  • Anonymous

    Boo hoo! You wanted it you got it dumbass!

  • Kay

    This was my argument. Insurance companies that people have issues with, maybe they have recourse. We can sue them or try to pass laws, change laws, etc… Or other options. But when the government controls it all, where the H*** do we go for recourse when they screw it up? We are truly screwed.

  • Anonymous

    GOVERNMENT won’t be able to force anything down especially if it don’t work.We have the blind leading the blind and their trying to take us all into the ditch.I never seen such an embarassment in all my life.

  • Hammockbear

    Would it be possible to ask President Obama questions at this hearing too?

  • Anonymous

    Health insurance is not health care. I believe most do not understand that.

  • Anonymous

    Notice, she was okay as long as she wasn’t personally affected. Was she sooo stupid to think that someone (her), taxpayers had to subsidize the new enrolled? Did she think the money, physicians to cover millions more were going to come from the ozone? Just goes to show how the liberals think. All warm and fuzzy until…oops…real life enters!

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