These sentiments, expressed by Cindy Vinson of San Jose, California, undoubtedly echo those of millions of Americans who mistakenly believed that there really is such a thing as a free lunch — or at least free health insurance — and are now discovering to their dismay that someone always has to pay for these “freebies.” In the case of ObamaCare, that someone is Vinson and others who, in the words of the San Jose Mercury News, “are big believers in the Affordable Care Act [ACA] ... and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.”
Vinson, a 60-year-old retired teacher, recently found out that because of ObamaCare, her health insurance policy is being replaced with an ACA-compliant one that will cost her $1,800 more per year.
Similarly, Tom Waschura, a 52-year-old self-employed engineer and ObamaCare supporter in nearby Portola Valley, discovered that coverage for his family of four was going up by a whopping $10,000 a year because of the healthcare law.
“I was laughing at [House Speaker John] Boehner — until the mail came today,” Waschura told the Mercury News.
“I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this,” he said. “When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.”