Simonetta’s Collision Repair Center, a small business in Pennsylvania, shared its story of huge premium and deductible increases for its employees’ health insurance plans. According to WTAE-PA, their employee premiums have jumped from a six percent increase in 2013 to a whopping 32 percent increase for 2014 and co-pays have doubled from US$20 to US$40. In addition, employees with children had their deductibles doubled from US$2,000 to US$4,000.
“They call it the ‘Affordable Health Plan.’ There’s nothing affordable about it. I can’t afford it,” one employee said. Business owner Gary Simonetta told the station that his healthcare premium now costs him an additional US$500 per month, an increase of 63 percent. Another Simonetta employee, whose premium jumped from US$900 to over US$1,300 per month, said, “I don’t know how President Obama thinks that he’s helping us. We can’t afford this. We can’t afford to pay these co-pays, or these deductibles, on what we’re making.”