This California Woman Was Unable to Get Flu Shots For Her Children Under Her More-Expensive ObamaCare Plan

January 27, 2014

After California resident Andrea Redamonti first learned that ObamaCare was canceling the ‘inadequate’ health plan for her family of four – including her two 10 and 8 year old sons – she was initially eager to explore the options that the law would present to her.

But Redamonti’s experience with ObamaCare quickly turned into a nightmare. She was forced to run in circles navigating the glitch-filled website, asked for income verification for her two sons, and repeatedly asked for payment despite already having sent in the check. But when Redamonti finally saw the plan offered to them, her and her family’s “hearts sank.”

The cheapest plan on the exchange cost $800 per month, $150 more than the $650 they were paying before, and carried a $15,000 deductible.

“When it finally happened and we figured out what we’d be paying and what our benefits would be, our hearts sank,” she said.

It got even worse. Technically she’s been covered since January 1, but because she hasn’t received her medical ID card, it’s been difficult to schedule doctors appointments. Then, their long-time pediatrician informed her that their practice cannot accept the ObamaCare plan.

Redamonti started calling around, only to find more and more doctors who said they won’t accept Covered California. Some said they would, only to reject it in person.

As millions of hard-working families across the country experience similar nightmares thanks to the Democrats’ out-of-control healthcare law, President Obama and House Democrats continue to ignore the train wreck and charge full steam ahead towards a a national health care nightmare like Redamonti’s.

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

CHICO — The first two words of the Affordable Care Act have proven to be little but falsehoods for Andrea Redamonti.

Last fall, the Chico resident was told her family’s health insurance plan would be canceled because it didn’t meet the requirements of the new law. Redamonti, a self-employed consultant, and her husband, German Campos, a farmer, had to find a new plan for their family of four.

“I was so excited,” Redamonti said about Obamacare. “My son and I had both been denied coverage previously, and with the new Obamacare, they couldn’t refuse us.”

But since signing up for Covered California in October, she’s been going in circles with the health exchange.

Simply securing the coverage has been a major headache. Redamonti has spent hours navigating the frequently failing website and on the phone with her provider, only to be asked for income verification for her sons — ages 10 and 8, and repeated requests for payment, even though her check was sent in weeks earlier.

In addition, their new insurance — the minimum available — costs $800 per month instead of the $650 they were paying before and carries a $15,000 deductible.

“When it finally happened and we figured out what we’d be paying and what our benefits would be, our hearts sank,” Redamonti said.

Technically, she’s been covered since Jan. 1, but still waiting on her medical ID card, it’s been difficult to make doctor’s appointments or fill prescriptions.

“I feel like I have paid for coverage and I don’t have it,” Redamonti said.

The biggest blow came last week, when she went to get influenza vaccines for her sons, Diego and Luca, only to be told by their longtime pediatrician that the private practice does not accept the government-mandated health insurance she picked.