Pro-ObamaCare Congressional Staffer Shocked as It Triples her Premium


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Welcome to ObamaCare. If you like your plan, you’ll probably lose it. If you hate your plan, you’ll probably learn to miss it because what you end up with will be much worse.

Sue Klinkhamer has a problem. It’s called Obamacare.

And the irony of her situation is not lost on her. In a recent email addressed to her former boss, Illinois Congressman Bill Foster, and other Democratic colleagues, she wrote:

“I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger. When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job. I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price. I have now learned that I was wrong. Very wrong.”

For Klinkhamer, 60, President Obama’s oft-repeated words ring in her ears: “If you like your health plan, you will keep it.”

Well, possibly not.

When Klinkhamer lost her congressional job, she had to buy an individual policy on the open market. Three years ago, it was $225 a month with a $2,500 deductible. Each year it went up a little to, as of Sept. 1, $291 with a $3,500 deductible. Then, a few weeks ago, she got a letter.

“Blue Cross,” she said, “stated my current coverage would expire on Dec. 31, and here are my options: I can have a plan with similar benefits for $647.12 [or] I can have a plan with similar [but higher] pricing for $322.32 but with a $6,500 deductible.”

She went on, “Blue Cross also tells me that if I don’t pick one of the options, they will just assume I want the one for $647. … Someone please tell me why my premium in January will be $356 more than in December?”

Because you’re carrying Obama’s base. Obviously. Like all wealth redistribution schemes, this is really a tax. Now you’ve been taxed.

“I am a Democrat and I believe in health care for all,” she said. “And I was excited that previously uninsured people could now get insurance on the open market. But this is not affordable to me.”

Congressman Foster, Klinkhamer’s former boss who has since been returned to Congress, told me by phone Friday, “A very large number of people are very grateful” for Obamacare.

  • Zagat Tragonach

    Listens to the growing chorus of clucking chickens coming home to roost as he waits for his policy to go up.

  • Biff Henderson

    Bend over and take your medicine and don’t forget to put a little something aside for Shrillary so the dynasty can continue to flourish. Peace…I mean… Prog Out all…

    • Joe Taxpayer

      That’s the new way. Get used to it.

  • tagalog

    Why would an intelligent woman just support Obamacare without looking into why people got so upset about it?

    Did she think they were all just ignorant ideological racist Obama-haters?

    If so, I guess she got what she asked for.

    • Evan Dickinson

      Maybe… she’s not intelligent? Don’t just assume.

    • gerry

      She is too stupid to realise she is stupid.

      • Be Ge

        A fool that admits his foolishness is a very wise person.

      • BS77

        No….it’s really like Michael Savage said….”Liberalism is a mental disorder”…..thinking that is irrational, illogical and destructive to the common order….half baked socialist ideologiy mixed in with a hodge podge of welfare society schemes all run by bloated bureaucracies that are bankrupting the nation.

    • glpage

      She was drinking the kool-aid. Leftist followers just assume their leaders wouldn’t lie to them. That is one of the reasons they get so cranked off at conservatives who challenge the party line.

  • cheechakos

    She got what she voted for,no whining allowed now.
    They knew in 2010 Obamacare would strip up to 70% of individual policy holders of their insurance.
    They forced this garbage on us as another self congratulatory superhero socialist liberal fantasy non-crisis.

  • Ed FDNYRetiree

    GOOD! She deserves what she got because it was what she asked for.

    The only way liberals will wake up and turn on Obama and liberalism is if they become victims of… liberalism.

    • oneteedoffpatriot

      No, they never wake up. Even after they destroy their state they move to another one and vote the same people in.

      • NAHALKIDES

        Very true – Leftists NEVER learn, and they can’t be reasoned with. We either have to beat them through elections or by non-compliance with their directives until we’re free again.

        • Sheik Yerbouti

          They don’t learn because they believe in their hearts that they are never wrong about anything. Try to imagine being like that. It’s impossible for me. I question everything and do my best to avoid being wrong. They don’t. They’ll step into the same cow pattie over and over because they know the earth is somewhere below it. Somebody else can clean their shoe later.

          • Frederikahere

            You nailed it.

  • truebearing

    Yes, a large number of parasites are grateful that their worthless existence is being supported with more undeserved benefits, but a huge number of people are furious at being used, lied to, and ripped off by a neo-communist scheme.

    To the fools who swallowed the lies, hook, line, and sinker: You swam with the bottom feeders. Now join them. Instant karma is about to get you, and everyone you helped inflict with Obamacare. Wah, wah, boo, hoo.

    • Dee Reilman

      As the old country saying goes: ”If you lay down with a dog that’s got fleas, you’ll get fleas”!! This is now a nation of ”TAKERS” not ”MAKERS”… The Communists are in our W.H. .. I just pray that these ”ZOMBIES” wake up to what’s happened to America… but they’ll keep voting these PROGRESSIVES back into office, like the SHEEPLE they are!

  • mtnhikerdude

    In typical Liberal fashion ,when it hits them in their wallet they squeal like oinkers.
    She just defined the word “Irony” .Keep voting for the Bozamas.

    • gerry

      Their priceless.

  • NAHALKIDES

    Oh, how sweet it is! I have absolutely zero sympathy for Klinkhamer, who was willing to deprive us of our freedom and our tax dollars in the name of “covering the uninsured”. I hope she’s suffering and continues to suffer. Everyone who voted for Obama or supported Obamacare should be forced to suffer with it, even if the rest of us manage to remove its yoke from around our necks, for a period of 10 years or until they admit how wrong they were and that no man should be taxed to support anyone else’s health insurance.

    You believe in “health care for all” baby? Now learn what that means – it means you have no right to the product of your own labor, which will be stolen from you in order to provide that “health care for all”.

    I hope she loses her job and can’t get another one thanks to Obamacare, the same situation many of us Americans are now in.

    • common sense conservative

      Well, Duh

  • oneteedoffpatriot

    We also have a very nice shower room we’d like you to get into. Never mind the gas canisters over there.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    At first I thought this piece was satirical. Then I googled Sue Klinkhamer. She is a real person and all this really happened. Where were you guys in 2009?

    • Gettingby

      “I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print.
      we were screaming, spitting, and name calling

  • 12banjo

    “I believe” “I believe”–LOL. If wishes were doctors and hospitals, Klinkhamer would have healthcare. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was a fashionable atheist, and put all her belief in her false Obama god.

  • Jason

    The problem with socialism is that every single policy that socialists bring forth will be a disguise at wealth redistribution. Health care will be more expensive, not because of rising costs, but because it’s a chance at some good old wealth distribution. That is the socialist agenda.

  • Lanna

    Welcome to the real world….your lives will not be worth squat either….keep buying the kool aid that destroys societies.

  • Richard Fontaine

    Okay now what do you want to bet that parasites like this lady will now want really free healthcare from the Government, aka Single Payer, HealthCare?

    • Theobromine

      That was the POINT! Now they will BEG for the single payer system Obama wanted all along. And ANOTHER round of FOOLS will believe him.

  • tagalog

    She gives new meaning to the term “unintended consequences.” Well, maybe not; it’s more like “foreseeable consequences that were deliberately ignored.”

    When they taught me about standards of care in negligence cases, they quoted a guy who said that the differences between a wrong done by a deviation from a slight, a reasonable, or a high standard of care was like the difference between “a fool, a damn fool, and a g*ddam fool.”

    Deliberately ignoring what is visible right before your eyes is being the last kind of fool.

  • Theobromine

    I really, really, really wish it wasn’t true – because the bittersweet taste of this is still BAD -AND that when a plan comes up that costs money people start to ask “Who’s money are they going to use?” She found out – HERS. Anyone that “ASSUMES” the government has money and is benevolent is worse than a fool.

  • Gary

    She bought into the big lie by our entire government! Both parties are responsible for this big mess! Our government woes could have been avoided, saving us all this grief but, not one member of either party would live up to their Oath of Office by spreading the Truth about Obama from the beginning! Obama is an Illegal, Criminal Usurper occupying Our White House. Remove Obama, his entire regime, Try them for Treason and Execute Them! He should never have been sworn into office and Congress was aware of that from the beginning! Congress should be held accountable for being Complicit in the Coverup of Obama’s Ineligibility to be in office plus his many Treasonous Crimes. Congress and the Judicial Branch should be removed and face charges because they have all hidden and aided the Foreign, Criminal Usurper in office which makes them Just as Guilty as Obama for his many High Crimes and Illegal Executive Orders! Nothing he’s signed is law because he is Illegal! When I said every member of both parties have some serious problems, that was very serious statement! They have all committed High Crimes against America while they are still not bringing forth the Truth about a man that they are fully aware should not have been sworn in from the beginning! There are others who are pulling the strings who must be dealt with as well but let’s take this “one step at a time” until we restore our Constitutional Republic and our Liberties and Prosperity Once Again!

  • mikie

    Try to convince Obamabots that POTUS is indeed a sheister is fruitless. The only way that they will learn is through their pocketbooks. I have to laugh. The tables are finally turning on Osama and all the liberals will finally see the light.

  • John_in_Vegas

    Sue Klinkhamer’s problem was not caused by “Obamacare;” it was caused by her insurance company and/or her agent who allowed a 60 year old woman to buy a primary care insurance policy for $225 per month. Luckily, for her, she didn’t get hurt or seriously ill because that policy would fall devastatingly short for the coverage she needs. The tone of her comments suggests she is not even aware of the shortfall because she thinks the new policy offers “similar benefits” for a much higher rate. The fact is that she is now being offered a policy with adequate coverage to pay for all types of medical issues at a reasonable rate.

    Contrary to Mr. Greenfield’s statement, Klinkhamer is not carrying Obama’s base; she is paying her own way to buy a realistic amount of insurance to cover actual costs in the event she suffers a serious illness or injury. The new measures enacted by The Affordable Care Act ensures that her new policy will not leave her with devastating medical bills, unpaid doctors and hospitals and quite possibly on public assistance, whereas her cancelled policy most likely would have.

    Private insurance is not a wealth distribution scheme, nor is it a tax; it is a system of purchasing protection to pay for medical treatment through cost sharing methods for life saving services that everyone (even you, Mr. Greenfield) needs during their lifetime. The true wealth sharing scheme is perpetrated by the uninsured or underinsured who get treatment without paying for it. The Affordable Care Act simply sets the minimum standards.

    • mendezjb

      How do you know the details of her policy coverage? That’s right, you don’t

      • John_in_Vegas

        You are correct, I do not know the details, nor did I make such a claim. Those particulars were left out of the story, a fact which calls into question Mr. Greenfield’s integrity as a reporter and his ability to cover important issues with objectivity.

        I do know this for certain: The only policies being cancelled and reissued in the manner Klinkhamer describes are those that do not adequately protect the consumer from financial devastation if they are seriously injured or become ill.

        I also know that $650 per month is not an unreasonable rate for a 60 year old in today’s unsubsidized individual market, and $225 could not possibly purchase the protection she needs.

        There is a lot of confusion about the actual costs for insurance; as for most of us, it is heavily subsidised by our employers. The rate you pay depends more on what your employer is willing to contribute and less about what it actually costs. Unfortunately, Obamacare does little to clear this up, however that does not excuse anyone from learning the facts on their own or trashing the law because they do not understand it.

        Ms Klinkhamer just benefited from The Affordable Care Act because her new policy and increased premium will provide adequate coverage against catastrophic medical bills. Her medical providers will also benefit because they will be paid for their services. Why is this so hard for people to understand?

        • NAHALKIDES

          Ah yes, I heard this talking point from the Left on TV the other night. Your “argument” goes something like this: it’s o.k. that people are losing the health insurance that they were content with, and it’s o.k. that Obama lied through his teeth about them being able to keep it, because enlightened Progressives like you know better than us poor slobs in flyover country what kind of insurance we need. Clearly we were wrong about our insurance coverage being adequate, even though you have no idea what the details of that coverage were, and we’re far better off now that a wise and beneficent nanny-state will make our decisions for us, even if we can’t afford the new premiums or if we lose our jobs!

          I really think you’re too far gone to be reasoned with, so I’ll ask you to consider only the easiest aspect of this whole miserable situation: even if you’re right and your wonderful Obamacare will provide us with better insurance, what gave you the right to override our wills and our choices at gunpoint? Who exactly do you think you are to make our decisions for us against our will? Shouldn’t a free man be able to reject your “advice” about what health insurance policy is best for him? Or do you see your fellow men as your inferiors whom you are entitled to rule by force? It’s one or the other, you know.

          • John_in_Vegas

            Let’s get something straight, I never implied that you or anyone else were a poor slob in a flyover state, although you do make a strong case in favor of earning that distinction for yourself. Also, if your insurance coverage will not pay for your medical care and leave your medical providers unpaid for the services they provided you, it is abundantly clear that you are underinsured. I do not have to know the details of your plan. I only have to know that your existing plan was cancelled because it did not meet the minimum standards set forth in The Affordable Care Act.

            The Affordable Healthcare Act is not the result of a “nanny state” making decisions to benefit you. Its primary purpose is to protect medical providers and taxpayers who are forced to pay for people like you who make decisions through your own willful ignorance, carelessness or just plain selfishness. It also provides standards for coverage to prevent insurance companies from offering plans that will not pay potential claims. A secondary benefit is that you don’t lose your life savings because you got sick.

            No one is holding you at gunpoint, least of all me. If you don’t buy insurance, you pay a tax to help defray your share of the cost to the rest of us who will pay for your medical expenses. Health care is not free, even if you do not pay the bill, someone else does. The Affordable Care Act was developed by medical experts, economists and statisticians using proven methods to predict individual healthcare costs and assign premiums. No one is offering advice, only facts regarding appropriate healthcare coverage. The ACA is not overriding your free will. It is protecting my costs for healthcare from being inflated by people who choose not to pay their own way. Your “will” is completely irrelevant.

            Finally, your closing remarks might make a cogent argument if we were discussing what you want to eat for dinner. Your choice would not affect me in the least; however, the decisions you make for healthcare insurance do affect me, my taxes and my insurance costs. Your choice as a “free man” to shirk his responsibility to purchase insurance does not exempt me from leaving you on the side of the road to die from an injury. You still get a ride to the hospital. Why should I have to pay extra so you can go for free?

          • NAHALKIDES

            Right – you don’t need to know the details of my plan, because by winning one election you and your fellow progressives have the right to take over and do whatever you wish, including replacing my plan with one more to your liking. Got it.

            You don’t even understand what a “free society” is, you poor, misguided fool! In a free society, I have no way to stick you with my health care costs – only if you assume a socialized model of health care can anyone do that.

            And yes, you are using a gun – when the government “taxes” me it’s really a fine. You and your fellow progressives need to be taught a lesson – good and hard – about not taking things that don’t belong to you. I hope that lesson will take the form of an electoral drubbing, but if that’s no longer possible because you have bribed so many people into voting Democratic, than any means we use to free ourselves of your economic-planning theories is perfectly legitimate.

            By the way – I currently DO have health insurance, but I’m going to drop it if I think that will help cause Obamacare to fail even faster (I’m having trouble paying for it anyway thanks to the economic collapse your side – the progressive left – has caused). Every form of resistance to the tyranny of Obamacare is morally justified.

  • mendezjb

    HAHA!

    How nice of the former Congressman to hire back his old staff when he returned to Congress. You know, since Congress and staffers are subsidized no matter how much they make.

    HAHA!

    I just had open enrollment.

    Went from no deductible to $700
    Double co pays
    Double the contribution for hospital stays, ER and labs

    Total out of pocket probably 60% higher or more (depending how much “care” i need)

    Did premiums drop to compensate for lower coverage? Nope, they still went up!

  • IceStar

    How did she think Obama Care would be paid for? The Tooth Fairy?

  • Frederikahere

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  • Don

    I hope she gets what she voted for

  • retired_sandman

    She deserves it. Ifs she’d voted for McCain and then Romney she would have my sympathies. There are many in that boat.

  • subbynuts

    No one seems to have noticed that she’s unemployed and she has to pay for her healthcare premium by herself with no employer contribution. $647 is about right for full coverage.