Watch: Employees in Pennsylvania Company Learn of Increased Health Costs Due to Obamacare

A local news station brings viewers inside one Pennsylvania company as the employees there learn about their new health care plans under Obamacare:

“Look at the numbers,” says the reporter of two employees. “Jeff and Dave used to have a $1,250 deductible. Since Obamacare went into effect, it’s now jumped 60 percent to $2,000. That’s nothing compared to Brian, Kristi, and Judy who have kids. they are going to pay twice that, four grand.” The reporter adds that co-pays are being increased, too.

“I don’t know how President Obama thinks he’s helping us because we can’t afford this, we can’t afford to pay these co-pays, to pay these deductibles on what we’re making,” says one of the workers.

Another worker adds, “They call it the affordable health plan. There’s nothing affordable about it. I can’t afford it.”

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6 years ago

I am a 52 year old male and a diabetic. I can only imagine what my insurance will cost. Over $1500 monthly and a $4000 deductible. Is it really health insurance or are we being but into a model of pre paid healthcare with a use it or loose it clause. As i work in the healthcare industry as a provider of diagnostics, i see every day people declining needed healthcare because the deductibles are cost prohibitive. So in short we will become a sicker society. Insurance companies will become fat cats and doctors will leave medicine because the decline… Read more »

6 years ago

As more becomes known about this Mess ( ACA ) WE fair minded must focus on changing things in NOV 2014 and again NOV 2016…Please don’t let your anger cloud your words or darken your emotions or make you cast blame. This is our country lets restore it .GOD BLESS the USA

Pamela C Fadalla
6 years ago

Mobile, Alabama: BC/BS, high deductible, monthly insurance premium $166.; WHAT DUMB ASS OBAMA’S PLAN DID TO MY INSURANCE COST, went up to $534. a month; I CHECKED INTO AFFORDABLE ACT CARE .. MY COST $564. .. $30. more a month than BC/BS. WHO THE HELL ARE YOU STUPID IDIOTS FOOLING. I despise OBAMA AND EVERYTHING HE STANDS FOR.

Bob M.
6 years ago

Someone needs to explain to liberals the definition of trillion.This country has a 17 trillion dollor debt.60 trillion in unfunded liabilities.For anyone to think the money is never going to run out are kidding themselves.It not so much that some of us don`t want to pay taxes,it`s that we don`t want to see it wasted.Our government spends our money foolishly for no other reason than to buy votes.If you have one politician promising free stuff,and one who says we are broke,and can`t afford all this free stuff.Most of this country unfortunately will vote for the guy promising free stuff.A baby… Read more »

Shadow Catcher
6 years ago

I haven’t read the majority of comments posted here, so I apologize if this issue has already been raised. The question I really wanted the reporter to ask the employees was if they voted for Obama.

Cochisa Kracker
6 years ago

This is a staged piece of BS by the anti-AARP crackers. LOL. The acting sucks. As does your organization.

6 years ago

A small company like this one is not required to cover employees. Nothing in the Affordable Care Act mandates an “increase” in either premiums or deductibles. I am guessing they had a barebones minimal project before. They now have real insurance. What people forget is that if you were 30 and purchased health insurance it only had to cover you until you were 31. The insurance company could drop you if you developed any serious chronic illness. Now that some company has to insure you until you are 64. This will raise premiums for younger people since they present a… Read more »

jesse james
6 years ago

Thank you PA for leading the way for the Great Black Hope to ruin our health care system. PA was a big victory for the Democrats and you must reap what you sewed. My health insurance was cancelled right away because I’m self-employed and the black bastard hates me. I’m a 1%er and he is trying to get in my pockets anyway he can to pay for his “constituents” who are getting any and all the free perks available to them for NOT working. This ACA is complete BS.

6 years ago

This “story” doesn’t add up. It’s a hit job. Both the body shop owner and the Broker are Republicans who told an attractive story to a very lazy reporter at WTAE-TV Those uneducated employees are duped. If the premiums have gone up so much under the coverage provided by an insurance broker, why haven’t those employees gone out on the exchanges? I doubt these folks are make more than $70,000 and ineligible for available subsidies. And here is your answer from a letter to the reporter: Hi Wendy, I saw a clip of your visit to Simonetta’s and I am… Read more »

6 years ago

Look at the costs! The fact is many people are now faced with higher premiums, larger deductibles, greater co-pays, and less medical care. Millions who were satisfied with their health insurance had their plans canceled because they didn’t meet the mandates of the ACA. Doctors are being turned into bean counters hunched over their computers, filling out medical forms instead of spending time examining and talking with their patients. Supporters of government-dictated health insurance will endlessly defend it, until THEY are personally affected — shocked by increased costs and/or reduced treatment. Instead of disrupting the entire medical insurance system, the… Read more »

6 years ago

Just remember who voted for the ACA..Pelosi, “We have to pass it to know what’s in it” is running for re-election…Personally, I don’t believe anyone just because they are of a particular political party….Let’s wake up and put every idiot out of the House and Senate who voted for this nightmare who is up for re-election….they just went along party lines without checking it out for themselves to see what was best for the folks they represent..if you sign a contract, you are liable even if you didn’t read it…that’s what they all did..let’s say bye bye to them all!

John (JJ)
6 years ago

So, you all are worried about what you pay in this life? Hahahahaha! That’s funny! Please remember, all of this will not matter (to you) once you’re DEAD! You’ll not get out of this alive! (<- truth) Conservative or Liberal is not the matter to be debated here….. just work on living your life and making the best of it. People "in power" (if you really want to call it this) still have to answer for all they have done here, as will all living humans. Just make sure your beliefs are in order before you leave. Yes, you'll have… Read more »

6 years ago

Folks need to see that Obama is intentionally making these costs prohibitive cause he thinks that this will make you beg for nationalized single payer health care by driving you into poverty.

James Davis
6 years ago

You pay premiums, all year, and you get sick so you are paying the Deductible all year. At the end of the year you have paid thousands of dollars of premiums, and thousands of dollars for the deductible, and you get it paid by the end of the year. How you start all over, and your Insurance has not had to pay a penny, because you did not get the deductible paid tell the end of the year. Increasing premiums, deductibles and copay and the insurance co.’s are not out a penny. (I need to own an insurance co.) Jim… Read more »

6 years ago

Nancy, Really words like Socialist? Obama is a self proclaimed socialist. WAKE UP DARLING!!!!

Jerry Hall
6 years ago

Let’s do a followup story and look at the price increases this company’s insurance provider made during the last four years. Where was the media then?

Jessica Albright
6 years ago

Well, just because it is called “The Accordable Care Act” does not mean it is affordable for everybody. If you are a typical middle class tax payer who works instead of sitting back collecting welfare, then you can expect to have painful cost increases imposed. But if you are living in poverty, or living on welfare, or living in prison, then you can call your new health insurance affordable. If you are rich, the cost is not really much of a concern. Remember, “If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it.” is TRUE. Obama never said you would… Read more »

6 years ago

Blame the tea party for the hodgepodge of private insurance companies that grossly overcharge their subscribers for their healthcare.

UnitedHealth Care group profits for the 4th quarter were $1.43 billion.
That’s just for 3 months.

If Americans had a single-payer system, they would be paying half the cost they have to pay now.

6 years ago

I don’t know why you all are blaming the Affordable Care Act for the actions of your cheap employers screwing their employees to save a buck. My husband and I are both self employed and we cover our son, also. The insurance premiums we were paying were over $2,000 a month. My husband and son had $3,500 deductibles, which, thank God, they never met. As of Jan. 1, 2014, we are paying $1,200 per month, with $1,000 deductibles, $2,000 family max and this includes dental, which we did not have before. There is only a $200 deductible for the prescription… Read more »

6 years ago


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