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Guest Column: 'Obamacare is unworkable, unaffordable, and unwarranted'

Posted: December 10, 2013 - 5:21pm

We are in week twelve of the administration’s disastrous rollout of Obamacare. In order to divert attention from the horror stories, President Obama is teaming up with Washington Democrats and launching a campaign to garner support for the government healthcare takeover bill at taxpayers’ expense.

Before the healthcare law was passed, President Obama promised every American family, “If you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctor, you like your plan – you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.” He said this at least 36 times.

If that were the case, why have nearly 5 million Americans already received policy cancellation notices? Why are cancer patients and sick children discovering they can no longer keep the doctors they have grown to trust? As of mid-November, an estimated 150,000 South Carolinians had been kicked off their insurance. This number is expected to increase rapidly over the coming weeks. Last month, 39 Democrats joined House Republicans in passing legislation to allow the American people to keep their current plans without penalty.

The president also promised that government-provided healthcare would be “affordable,” even naming his signature piece of legislation the Affordable Care Act. He went as far to say that Obamacare would save “a typical family an average of $2,500.” As the uninsured search for coverage for the first time in years and millions more enter the marketplace because their current policies are no longer available, one underlying problem exists: the premiums are unreasonably overpriced. Reports have indicated that the average state premium increases are between 41 and 47 percent.

Obamacare is also creating tremendous hurdles for our economy. President Obama has boasted about economic progress for five years; but the reality is that his policies are destroying jobs. Tax increases, absurd regulations and unfair implementations continue to plague our small businesses. Because of the president’s healthcare law, job creators are forced to cut back on employment rather than hire new workers.

Thousands of residents from the Midlands to North Augusta have appealed to the office for answers to the difficulties they are facing because of Obamacare. I hear from constituents who are applying for a second or third job because their current income will not cover living expenses and the increased costs of healthcare. Some share stories of sticker shock, as they will be forced to pay three times more for the same coverage. Several small-business owners have confided that they would like to expand their companies, but don’t because of Obamacare’s regulations.

Obamacare is unworkable, unaffordable, and unwarranted. The only successful way forward is to replace it with a plan that preserves the doctor-patient relationship, expands affordability, and protects our economy from further destruction. House Republicans have proposed multiple solutions. With an overwhelming majority of the American people now supporting its repeal, we must encourage Senate Democrats to work with us stop Obamacare.

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