Affordable Care Act

Nov 14, 2013 7:00 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Obama's relief for health insurance cancellations still uncertain

HEREFORD, AZ - A young couple whose insurance was cancelled because it did not meet the requirements set by the Affordable Care Act is living in a state of uncertainty when it comes to their health insurance.

Sonja Sehuette and her husband Josh rely on insurance provided by Josh's employer. However, the policy did not meet the criteria set forth by the new healthcare law and was shut down, leaving them sticker shocked.

"The actual increase is pretty close to taking up every dollar extra we have in our budget," Sonja Sehuette told News 4 Tucson.

They looked at their options within the marketplace and found that a policy under the ACA would charge them three times more than their previous plan.

Sonja worries that paying for the new insurance could compromise her ability to pay for and finish her education as an accountant.

"I feel like what's happening is that my dreams are being ripped from me - something that I've worked hard for the last four years to get to... it's all for nothing if I have to buy this plan. I can't afford this plan," Sonja said.

It's this kind of story that has played out across the country, drawing criticism toward President Obama for breaking his promise of letting people keep their existing insurance policies.

Thursday morning President Obama buckled after days of intense pressure, announcing a change.

"The bottom line is insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be canceled into 2014, and Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan," President Obama said.

While President Obama has backed off the requirement for insurance policies for now, there is some sense of hope.

"The best case scenario is that our insurance is going to be continued for the next year," Sonja said.

Still, there's no guarantee that will happen - because it is uncertain whether their insurance provider will jump on board as well as their employer.

The Sehuettes admit that they want to be responsible and have health insurance to fall back on but if their old option is eliminated they won't be able to afford it. However, they said that they have a plan in that case. They will pay the fine and save money for the following year so they can actually afford it - and try to pay for medical expenses out of pocket.


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