A central Illinois Congressman today toured his district, in an attempt to prove why the federal government needs to reverse, or at least remedy, the Affordable Care Act. IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.
Republican Congressman Aaron Schock, of Peoria, says the Affordable Care Act was supposed to make health insurance more affordable.
"And yet millions of Americans are seeing their health insurance do exactly the opposite -- and that is to go up."
Schock gathered people who say they've personally seen their insurance premiums skyrocket since the law was passed. Like Tony Kulavic, owner of an auto body shop in Springfield, who says he's always paid for the bulk of his ten employees' health care costs. He says he can renew that policy now. But Kulavic says he's been quoted a 150-percent increase -- from $19,000 a year to $47,000 -- to keep that plan in the future.
"It's going to be a tough decision what we're going to do as a business to try to provide insurance for 'me, or even if we can afford to provide insurance for them. We're still in meetings about it, what we're going to do about it."
Kulavic says he has shopped the plans offered on the insurance exchange, but he can only get as far as a quote; he says the website gives him trouble when he tries to get details. Schock says he's hopeful Congress will pass a law allowing insurers to keep selling their current policies, rather than have to include everything that's required under the Affordable Care Act.
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