“I spent two years defending Obamacare … I have now learned that I was wrong.”

Meet Sue Klinkhamer.

She worked in the office of Representative Bill Foster, a Democrat from Illinois. Her boss voted for Obamacare and she was a proud defender of Obamacare, too.

klinkhamer2“I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger. When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job. I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price.”

First, a quick point on civility. Whether it’s Customer Service for Verizon or a staffer working for an elective official, we must treat everyone with Christian dignity and respect. So, I’m sorry that Sue had people spit at her or call her names.

But Sue isn’t defending Obamacare anymore. She noted that President Obama had promised many times: “If you like your health plan, you will keep it.”

She now knows the truth. She admitted: “I have now learned that I was wrong. Very wrong.”

When voters fired her boss in the 2010 elections, she had to get another job and that meant she had to shop for health care, too. Three years ago, she got a plan that cost $225 a month with a $2,500 deductible. But then her health care company sent a letter a few weeks ago.

“Blue Cross,” she said, “stated my current coverage would expire on Dec. 31, and here are my options: I can have a plan with similar benefits for $647.12 [or] I can have a plan with similar [but higher] pricing for $322.32 but with a $6,500 deductible.”

She went on, “Blue Cross also tells me that if I don’t pick one of the options, they will just assume I want the one for $647. … Someone please tell me why my premium in January will be $356 more than in December?” …

“And I was excited that previously uninsured people could now get insurance on the open market. But this is not affordable to me.”

You can argue facts and figures all day long. You can mention that 500,000 Californians will lose their current healthcare insurance plans. And you can often get into a shouting match about this fact and that fact.

Sometimes it’s better to simply tell a story that brings the policy fight to life.

And while I doubt I’ll agree with her 100%, Sue Klinkhamer has a story to tell.

Obamacare is driving up the cost of health care for millions of Americans, including people like Sue Klinkhamer who were working full-time to get this horrible legislation passed.


Categories:Health Care Politics

  • Bret

    This article is just tired and stupid. The government did not create healthcare plans the insurance companies did. The insurance companies invalidated many healthcare plans due to the “uncertainty” of Obamacare. It wasn’t Obama that got rid of your healthcare plan is was your insurance company smelling that it could make more money that stopped offering the old plans and made new ones that were much more profitable.

    Almost every plan now includes a copay and almost every single insurance company in America will now make higher profits because they sold you on “Obamacare uncertainty” to charge you more.

  • John Koulalis

    It is hard to feel sorry for those people who helped put this calamity in place. Anybody with a pulse and a double-digit IQ saw this debacle coming.

    • Bret

      So as a person with a pulse and double digit IQ you saw it coming and still think the government is in charge of the health care system in the US?

  • Question?

    She spent two years defending it without ever reading it. Do you think that maybe somewhere in that two years, she might have bothered to figure some of this out. I don’t wish the woman ill, but she is a victim of her own incompetence and her own failure to use blind acceptance in place of critical thinking. Whining about the consequences of a bad decision because it hurt her. How about the damage to millions of others caused by her blind loyalty. She should never be put in a position of responsibility again.

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad that so many of the postings are saying that you do not feel sorry for this woman because it’s her own fault essentially.

    What an awful thing to say! This is a blogspot called Catholic Vote. And as Catholics, we’re meant to be merciful on others just as Our Holy Father is merciful on us.

    She’s saying that she’s wrong, and I’m sure she feels the full effect of her actions without our judgmental and unmerciful comments toward her. Praise God that she knows the truth now.



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