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Rooney on ObamaCare, Six Months Later: "Fewer Choices, Higher Costs"

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-16) today issued the following statement on the six-month anniversary of ObamaCare being signed into law on March 23, 2010:

"Six months after ObamaCare became law, the consequences that Floridians feared are becoming a reality," Rooney said. "The new health care law has left Floridians with fewer choices, higher costs and less control over their families' health care.

"Democrats in Washington wrote this law behind closed doors and then said the American people would have to wait until it passed to find out what was in it. Well, people are finding out what's in Obamacare and they don't like it."

ObamaCare at Six Months -- Promises Broken

Fewer Choices

The promise: "And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn't happened yet. It won't happen in the future." President Obama, April 1, 2010

The reality: In Florida, health insurers have stopped offering "child-only" insurance policies in response to the new regulations in the health care bill, leaving Florida's families with fewer options to purchase health insurance for their children.

Additionally, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that next year, 1.2 million seniors will lose the Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug plan they have currently.

Higher Costs

The promise: "And over time, costs will come down for families, businesses, and the federal government, reducing our deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades. That's what this reform will do." President Obama, April 1, 2010.

The reality: Across the country, ObamaCare is causing health insurance premiums to increase by as much as 20 percent.


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