Congress Ignoring the Real Budget Crises

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As the budget deal in Washington raises spending yet again, there is another budget crises happening in America which Congress is completely ignoring. Struggling families are doing without to satisfy Obamacare. Christina from California represents one of those families who admits they just can’t afford it.

“Our family of 5 is currently uninsured, and have been for over 3 years now. My husband’s job doesn’t provide medical benefits. We’ve been living just fine, and God has blessed us with good health. We aren’t able to provide ourselves with medical coverage because of the cost. And now the government wants to fine us because we don’t have coverage. It makes no sense! We don’t have medical [insurance] because we can’t afford it, but apparently they think we can afford a fine!”

Like millions of Americans who are finding less room in their budget for even the necessities, Christina is frustrated that she is now being mandated to purchase insurance with money she does not have.

“We’ve never asked for any government medical assistance. We’ve never been a “burden to society”. We’ve just minded our own business and done what we can. Obama stands there saying that Obamacare will be helping millions of people. We’re five of those millions this is supposed to help, but it won’t. It’s hurting us even more,” stated Christina.

While the government refuses to acknowledge the dire consequences of spending more, especially with money that you don’t have, Christina knows it is a road she does not want to go down.

“We live paycheck-to-paycheck, and God is getting us through. I have not checked anything [on the site], because honestly there is no point in it. We cannot afford anything. We could be in debt and have insurance, but we choose not to be [in debt].”

For those who have ventured on to the exchange, the results have been devastating.

“Binns had been trying to navigate the government’s health care website since October to find affordable insurance for her husband, a 60-year-old who has a pre-existing condition and whose job doesn’t offer coverage.

What she finally found for him Monday carries a premium of more than $400 a month and a $5,000 annual deductible.

“How can I pay this kind of money out?” she asked. “It’s going to take at least a second job and praying that I would make enough on a second job just to pay for this health insurance.” …

“I thought this was going to be the miracle for us,” she said, “and it’s not.”

Christina reflects on the sad reality for her children. “I can’t offer them even half of what I had at their age because things are being taken away daily. That is why I’m speaking up, because I want to fight a battle they don’t even know about yet.”

The financial burden that Obamacare is creating for families can be considered a preview of coming attractions for the rest of America.