For many, problems with Obamacare are personal, not partisan

Many Americans are conflicted on Obamacare. They like what it does for others but say it is too expensive and doesn’t offer good options for them.

Published Jan. 15, 2017

— When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, Tony Richards is torn.

On the one hand, he acknowledges the law has improved health care for the poor and the sick. He supports the provision that requires insurers to cover people with preexisting conditions. He says the ACA is a step towards better care for all Americans.

Yet his own experience with the law has been fraught.

He has faced a billing snafu that left him and his family without coverage for four months. A kink in the system granted one of his twin daughters insurance while denying the other. And the plan his family can afford, even with tax credits, is still too expensive at $756 a month and $6,500 in deductibles, Mr. Richards says. It also leaves them with limited choices in providers in the St. Louis area, where they live.

“It’s worked out wonderfully for lots of people. I do feel it’s certainly a step in the right direction,” says Richards, a self-employed director and producer. “But at the same time, there’s terrible flaws in the system. Nobody should have to go through hell to get medical insurance.”

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