Sen. Isakson: Obamacare’s “Promise of Lower Cost Health Care and Better Benefits was Exactly Wrong”

From a press release:

“U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., called on the Senate to pass the Restoring Americans’ Health Care Freedom Reconciliation Act, which would repeal the president’s disastrous health care law known informally as Obamacare. During remarks on the Senate floor, Isakson highlighted the plight of Georgia families facing higher premiums, higher deductibles and reduced health care coverage because of Obamacare.”

Sen. Isakson:

“Six years ago, the administration was promising lower premiums, better benefits and that Obamacare was going to be a solution for the problems of American families. I have gotten letters from people who are having higher premiums, bigger deductibles and less benefits.Let me give you an example: A family in Roswell, Georgia, wrote me, a family of five. They were notified their premium is going from $849 a month to $1,075 a month, with a deductible of $11,900, and an increase of $6,900 in their deductible. The mother, who had a family history of breast cancer, was denied coverage for her regular mammograms, and the young daughter, who had a precancerous mole removed, was refused reimbursement for that removal. This family experienced increase in premium, reduction in benefits and an increase in deductible. It just doesn’t make any sense, but it’s all because of the mandates of the Obamacare law.

Secondly, I had a young couple in Smyrna, Georgia, who wanted to plan for their retirement, start saving in their early years of productivity. They recently received notice from their insurance company their premium is going from $670 a month to $1,379 a month, over a 100 percent increase. Where is that money coming from? They are having to reduce their savings for retirement just to pay the Obamacare premium and get less of a benefit because their deductible is going from $2,000 to $4,000.

The promise of lower cost health care and better benefits was exactly wrong. What the American people were promised was wrong.

I’m proud that Senator Enzi, Senator Alexander and others have led this reconciliation vote to repeal Obamacare. It’s time the American people got the truth — better coverage, but lower cost — the good old-fashioned way with a private competitive system.”

The video of his remarks can be seen after the break.


  1. saltycracker says:

    Obamacare is bad for America and Restoring Americans’ Health Care Freedom Reconciliation Act is bad for Americans.

    Healthcare costs will not come down in a government controlled mismanaged environment nor will it come down in the world of politically selected interests.

    We are a competitive capitalist economy, regulate it wisely and get everyone involved.

    • TheEiger says:

      “Obamacare is bad for America and Restoring Americans’ Health Care Freedom Reconciliation Act is bad for Americans.”

      Explain that to me please. For years people have asked Congress to repeal Obamacare. Now they have the chance to finally send a bill to the President that repeals large portions of Obamacare. Yes, all of it should be repealed, but that is not possible through the reconciliation process. Not sure I understand how that is bad for America.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Since you are with the repeal team you must be asking why the GOP proposal is bad for Americans. It throws out the mandates and some taxes doesn’t offer solutions and consider a really big issue is those that choose not too pay for insurance but we must provide it. Maybe I’m not happy with a lot of healthy men driving new pickups and saying I’m an idiot to buy insurance. I’m ok with that if we can give health care providers the right to send the uninsured down to the charity hospital to wait a week or so outside. Don’t tell me the problem is admin, I know that is part of it.

    I have posted many times Avik Roy’s ,of the Manhattan Institute , report on Transcending Obamacare. Basically a privatized, competitive approach with a personal mandate. Google it.

    Google also some Forbes articles:

    • TheEiger says:

      I’m not arguing that there doesn’t need to be a replacement for Obamacare and that this reconciliation bill fixes everything. There is only so much that can be done with the reconciliation process. I will be the first to say that this is a political bill in my mind and not necessarily a solutions bill.

      It’s a political bill in that the President will veto it and there isn’t a veto proof majority. So what’s the point to doing it? Well, to get senators up for reelection next year on the record for voting for or against it. Obamacare will never be replaced until we have a new president and enough senators to replace it. This is part of the chess match to get to that point.

      • saltycracker says:

        Yep and When it gets really ugly we will ask the working middle class to suck it up for the greater good…..consolidation in the health industry and super lobbyists are ready for Fed funding – Rubio screwed that up a bit but he is a target now from both sides

    • True healthcare reform could happen if you combined the Democrats willingness to spend money on the problem with the Republicans willingness to turn it over to the market to find solutions.

      Unfortunately, the Democrats (mostly) aren’t interested in not having control, and the Republicans aren’t interested in spending the money necessary. For better or worse, the ACA shows us what it costs to cover everyone and it isn’t cheap. The Republican alternatives basically boil down to like hey poor people here’s a $2k tax credit good luck!

      So if you combined the best elements of both (willingness to spend money with willingness to let the market do its thing) you’d have a winner. Until then, and I don’t think Republicans really grasp this – voters are going to decide to stick with the suboptimal Democratic approach over the suboptimal Republican approach because at least our willingness to spend the money means it looks like we actually care about and are serious about trying to solve the problem.

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