Affordable Care Act debate hits home for Edmonds man
EDMONDS, Wash. -- Debate surrounding the Affordable Care Act is coming to a head for thousands in Washington State.
The Office of the Insurance Commissioner estimates 145,000 residents who buy their own insurance on the open market will be dropped from their current healthcare plan by the end of the year.
Fifty-nine-year-old Edmonds business owner Doug Hall is one of those affected.
"It's very frustrating that we're being forced to do this," Hall said.
Hall's health provider told him last month it was terminating his current plan, but he says the new plan they're offering as a replacement has higher premiums and deductibles and doesn't offer the same level of coverage for he and his wife.
This week Republicans blasted President Obama, claiming he gave Americans false promises that everyone would be able to keep their current healthcare coverage. The White House responded, saying it's never been a secret that less than 5 percent of all insured Americans would have to seek a new plan.
Hall and others can't be denied new coverage, but he says he'd just prefer to continue his old plan.
"I don't know what to do, other than go with the flow, I guess, and pay more money," he said.