The “Affordable Care Act” continues to prove that it is anything but affordable, as more and more families are struggling with rising premiums, deductibles, and co-pays.
Stories of lost coverage and outrageous expenses associated with Obamacare have been flooding the news for a while now, but some are just downright heartbreaking…like that of Pattie Curran.
Curran is the mother of two sons who were born with a rare bone marrow dysfunction syndrome called Shwachman-Diamond syndrome. The boys also have a secondary mitochondrial disease. They require the care of specialists, regular medical visits, and expensive treatments and medications.
For the last nine years, Curran’s family has been covered under a private health insurance plan provided by her husband’s employer. That plan was affordable, and the family was never denied coverage for a claim.
Obamacare changed everything.
Costs for her sons’ life-saving medications more than doubled under the ACA, and as of today, their compounded medication will no longer be covered at all. Curran said her husband’s employer is being forced to seek further cuts to the company’s healthcare package in order to compensate for the expenses of the Obamacare mandates. Prior to their 2014 open enrollment, the family received a notice stating that, due to the additional mandates going into effect for 2014, the company’s healthcare costs were expected to increase by $7.4 million above the $64 million paid by the company in 2013.
Curran fears that soon her family will lose their employer-provided health insurance completely, forcing them onto Obamacare exchanges under which they would be denied access to their current specialists.
Her family went from having NO credit card debt to over $60,000 – all from medical expenses due to increases in their premiums, deductibles, and medication co-pays.
Curran said that before Obamacare was implemented, it was evident that the mandates would create exactly the detrimental impacts that she is now experiencing.
Like many of us, she believes that the ultimate goal of the legislators who adopted the Affordable Care Act was the extinction of private health insurance companies, with an eventual move to a single-payer system of substandard healthcare.
Curran shared her family’s ordeal with Nicole Revels of The Daily Caller.
Here is her heart-wrenching interview:
Viewers have reached out to Revels to ask how to send a contribution to the Currans. Pattie has continuously stated that this is a long-term problem and the best way to help her is to “Stand up against the tyranny that is Obamacare. Get involved, contact your legislators and stand up with us.”
A few of Pattie’s friends who are aware of the family’s struggle caused by the Obamacare mandates have decided to establish a fund to help the Currans get the medications their sons need.