The [un]Affordable Care Act


The White House is reporting that over seven million Americans have signed up for the Affordable Care Act as of last Monday’s deadline, after which those who didn’t sign up would be subject to a fine. About two thirds of these enrollees had their previous plans cancelled by the law and are not newly insured.

“If you like your plan, you can keep it,” said President Obama in the early stages of the Affordable Care Act.

As of late December, the Associated Press reported that at least 4.7 million Americans have actually had their old health insurance plans cancelled because they did not meet the standards mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

“You’re going to be able to purchase high-quality health insurance for less than the cost of your cell phone bill,” said President Obama on Oct., 1 of last year.

Tiffany Zupka just signed up for the Affordable Care Act and is being charged $359 per month, with an “out-of-pocket maximum” payment of $5,000.  A friend of Zupka is being charged $578 per month, nearly six times the average cell phone payment.


“I don’t mind paying for insurance, but I shouldn’t have to pay more than my car payment and my car insurance combined every month,” said Zupka, “I work really hard to provide for my family and to continue my education. I’ve never applied for food stamps, welfare, or government assistance. It would be nice to be rewarded with truly affordable healthcare. I’m not looking for a handout, I’m just looking for help.”

While average citizens are being charged enough money to break the bank, eroding the middle class, a reporter from The Daily Kos, an avid supporter of “Obamacare,” was offered a plan for literally three cents per month. It’s strange that you can easily find out what these supportive reporters are paying with a simple Google search, but you won’t find what the average American, such as Zupka, is being charged.

Of the 7.1 million people that the White House is reporting to have signed up, only 858,000 have actually paid for their insurance policies. With payment plans like Zupka’s, it’s no wonder most enrollees aren’t paying their insurance bills just yet.

“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it,” saidNancy Pelosi in 2010. The last time I checked, that’s not how our government is supposed to operate.

Since Pelosi’s claims, we’ve heard a number of Obamacare lies from both those who support the Affordable Care Act and those who want it repealed.

“There’s plenty of horror stories being told,” said Senator Harry Reid. “All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America.”

About a month later, Senator Reid claims to have never called these horror stories lies, even though he was on camera when he made the original statement.

Reid called every Obamacare horror story a lie, but he clearly hasn’t seen the true facts, and neither have the American people.


The Arthurian Answer is written and edited by Tim Arthur. Arthur has a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Foreign Affairs with a minor in Communications. He spent his last semester at Walsh University writing and doing layout design for The Walsh University Spectator, the school’s newspaper. He has also done several pieces of original and groundbreaking research, one of which he has presented at the All Politics Is Local Conference at Walsh University, as well as the Ohio Association for Economists and Political Scientists conference, both of which were held in 2013.

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