A Tennessee woman who suffers from Lupus and attended last week’s State of the Union address as a guest of GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn says Obamacare has “made her life almost impossible.”
Emilie Lamb appears in ads funded by the conservative Americans for Prosperity, telling her personal story of how Obamacare has crippled her financially and medically.
Lamb, who voted for Obama in 2012, also wrote in an op-ed piece in The New York Post Monday that four years ago she would have been cheering the passage of the Affordable Care Act, thinking it would help her by giving her better coverage and reducing her medical bills even more.
“But the real Obamacare has made my life a nightmare,” she wrote, noting that her monthly coverage before Obamacare cost her $57 and was “perfectly suited” for her medical needs and limited financial means.
But her plan has since been cancelled and her monthly premium has skyrocketed to $373 after a small subsidy, and all for a plan now with inferior coverage.
“All told, I’m likely going to pay more than $6,000 more each year for my medical care,” she laments.
In order to afford the coverage, Lamb, 40, has been forced to take a second job.
“Given my health problems, the physical and emotional drain that this puts on me is difficult to bear,” she wrote in her Post piece. “It’s also made it much more difficult for me to care for my ailing mother, who depends on me for help.
“For me, the impact of ObamaCare is a health plan that is both unaffordable and uncaring,” she adds, noting that for “a law named ‘The Affordable Care Act,’ this is both backward and perverse.”
Lamb goes on to take the president to task for making her already difficult situation worse, and for not being forthcoming about the impact of his signature healthcare legislation.
“When you were on the campaign trail, you promised that ObamaCare would help me with my medical problems,” Lamb wrote “You promised that people like me with pre-existing conditions would be better off. And you promised that if I liked my health-care plan, I could keep it.
“Mr. President,” she continued, “you’ve now broken all of these promises — and not just to me.”
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By Melissa Clyne