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Congressman Criticizing Obamacare Costs

Nov 13, 2013

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) continues to push the federal government to reverse - or at least remedy - the Affordable Care Act.

Schock said the ACA was supposed to make health insurance more affordable.

Aaron Schock (center)

“And yet millions of Americans are seeing their health insurance do exactly the opposite -- and that is to go up,” said Schock.

During an appearance in Springfield, the congressman gathered people who say they've personally seen their insurance premiums skyrocket since the law was passed. 

Tony Kulavic, owner of an auto body shop in Springfield, said he's always paid for the bulk of his ten employees' health care costs.  He said he can renew that policy now.  But Kulavic says he's been quoted a 150% increase from $19,000 a year to $47,000 to keep the plan.

“It's going to be a tough decision what we're going to do as a business to try to provide insurance for them, 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," said Kulavic. 

He said he has shopped the plans offered on the insurance exchange but he can only get as far as a quote; he said the website gives him trouble when he tries to get details.  

Schock hoped Congress will pass a law allowing insurers to continue selling their current policies rather than being forced to include everything that’s required under the ACA.