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Obamacare cheerleader learns she can't afford health insurance for her and son

Obamacare cheerleader learns she can't afford coverage for her and young son.
Obamacare cheerleader learns she can't afford coverage for her and young son.
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Thirty-three-year-old Kate Holly, an Oregon woman who described herself as a "cheerleader" for Obamacare, learned the hard way that she will not be able to afford insurance for her and her 18-month-old son under the law she advocated, The Blaze reported Thursday.

"I've been a cheerleader for the Affordable Care Act ever since I heard about it and I assumed that it was designed for people in my situation," she told KOIN-TV.

According to KOIN, Holly, a freelance yoga instructor, has been without insurance since she was 21, and was hoping the law would make it possible for her to get insured. Her husband works for a non-profit organization that pays for his insurance but the couple cannot afford to have her and her son covered under his plan.

"I was planning on using the Affordable Care Act and I had done the online calculator in advance to make sure I was going to be able to afford it," she said. “It wasn’t until I started the process and got an agent that I started hearing from them I wasn’t going to qualify for subsidies because I qualify on my husband’s insurance."

As of now, KOIN said, Holly still does not have insurance.

"I guess I'm hoping that I will find out there's a way around this," she told KOIN, "but I don't know yet."

Holly, The Blaze added, is just one of a growing list of Obamacare supporters shocked to learn they can't afford to enroll in the law they supported.

In early December, CNN told the stories of four individuals who learned the hard way that despite being called the "Affordable Care Act," insurance under the massive law is anything but.

Valentina Holroyd, for example, supported Obamacare when it was first passed. She learned that despite liking her insurance plan, she would not be allowed to keep it. Her new plan would cost 29 percent more and have a higher co-pay and deductible.

"We're savvy," she told CNN, "but we had no idea that the premiums were going to be what they are."

Unfortunately, thanks to Obamacare, these stories are becoming the norm rather than the exception. Worse yet, Democrats like Charlie Rangel think Obamacare is the greatest thing to happen since the country was founded.



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