Ohio Consumer: ‘I Cannot Afford’ Obamacare
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Akron, Ohio (CBS CLEVELAND) – An Ohio woman searching for insurance through HealthCare.gov since October says that the “miracle” coverage for her husband is nowhere to be found.
Liz Binns of Akron says that her 60-year-old husband with a pre-existing condition and whose job does not offer insurance is looking at coverage that carries a premium of more than $400 per month and a deductible of $5,000 annually, WEWS-TV reports.
“I thought it was supposed to help us,” Liz Binns said in frustration. “I can’t afford it. I cannot afford it.”
The health care exchange website is being run by the federal website because state legislators did not set up a state-run website. The site got a recent makeover this past weekend after a glitch-filled launch on Oct. 1, when the exchanges first launched.
Binns said the costs offered by the health care exchange is simply too expensive.
“How can I pay this kind of money out?” she asked. “It’s going to take at least a second job and praying that I would make enough on a second job just to pay for this health insurance.”
WEWS-TV talked with the Assistant Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda who advised those seeking coverage to talk with Certified Application Counselors to figure out simple ways to lower premiums or find other coverage plans.
But for the time being, Binns said the process has been a let-down.
“I thought this was going to be the miracle for us,” she said, “and it’s not.”