Policy Analyst with Chronic Pain Condition: Obamacare Has Failed Me
Priya Abraham, a senior policy analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation, a free market think tank in Pennsylvania, is qualified to talk about Obamacare on several accounts. She is a policy analyst; she suffers from a pre-existing condition, fibromyalgia, a chronic and often debilitating pain condition; and she has bought an Obamacare plan that has failed to meet her needs.
In a recent op-ed Abraham noted:
My need to see specialists and try expensive prescriptions makes affordable health insurance crucial to softening the financial sting. This longtime uninsured, sickly gal ought to be happy.
Plaster my picture on Healthcare.gov now, right?
But this victim—who knows intimately the pressures of no health coverage—can’t get over how damaging the Affordable Care Act is across the nation. Must we really destroy jobs, inflate others’ health costs, and enact countless new taxes and fees just to help people like me?
Worse yet, Obamacare isn’t even keeping its promise to provide quality health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions. On top of higher premiums or deductibles, critical drugs may not be covered at all, and the costs patients incur by buying them with cash won’t count against out-of-pocket caps or deductibles.
Fortunately, Obamacare is not the only option, and Americans like Abraham don’t need to settle for this failed law. The Heritage Foundation has outlined solutions for health care reform that would result in strong patient-doctor relationships, more choice, and lower costs — without destroying jobs, inflating others’ health care costs, and enacting countless new taxes and fees.
Members of Congress are working on conservative solutions as well. Conservative lawmakers have introduced 150 bills alone in the House, which President Obama has refused to consider.
For example, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) 72% has sponsored the Empowering Patients First Act of 2013 (H.R. 2300), which would repeal and replace Obamacare and would give Americans full ownership of their health policies, regardless of who pays for the plan.
As a means of ensuring those with preexisting conditions are not denied coverage, his plan would create “robust pooling mechanisms” that included high-risk pools and individual member associations that sell health plans across state lines.
Rep. Price discussed his bill at Heritage Action’s Conservative Policy Summit in February, where he explained the principles behind his reform ideas are accessibility, affordability, quality, responsiveness, innovation, and choice. People like Priya Abraham who suffer from preexisting conditions deserve better than Obamacare, as do all Americans. Use the form below to express your support for H.R. 2300.