The increasing unaffordability of Affordable Health Care
New evidence that forcing people to buy health insurance doesn't mean they will get health care. In fact, sometimes, the result is the opposite.
Millions of Americans gained health insurance under Obamacare. But for millions more, their insurance costs much more and covers less. Preventive services may not be covered, after all, depending on the doctor you see. That free birth control? Not so fast...you pay full price if your prescription isn't one the insurance company approves, even if your doctor certifies it's a medically necessary formulation. Covered services? First, you have to meet a hefty deductible.
The result, for millions, is they have to pay the rising cost of their premiums and the rising deductibles before their health care is covered in any meaningful way. It can easily mean that families spend tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket before getting a significant benefit. For many, that's unaffordable health care. It's causing an untold number to avoid getting medical care.
Some, like transport driver Janet Hill, say they can no longer afford health insurance under Obamacare. They're going without insurance and going without health care. Watch our story on the premium and deductible increases nationwide.
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This coming Sunday on Full Measure, I'll be traveling but Scott Thuman fills in with his fascinating investigation into the so-called "rape game" played by refugees in Cologne, Germany. You won't see this story anywhere else.