EAST MOLINE - Former congressman and GOP congressional candidate Bobby Schilling has taken to the airwaves (HERE), arguing that Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is an Obamacare apologist who refuses to address the impact President Obama's health care law has had on her constituents.
According to a new analysis by Forbes, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has increased individual-market health insurance premiums by an average of 41 percent nationally. The Forbes study looked at 3,137 counties across the country—including all 14 counties in the Illinois 17th District—to determine Obamacare's impact on individuals.
The Forbes study looked at six cohorts: men ages 27, 40, and 64, and women ages 27, 40, and 64. Five of the six groups saw premium increases across the board in all 14 counties in the Illinois 17th District, while the remaining group—40 year old women—saw mixed results, with six counties seeing marginally cheaper premiums while the other eight counties saw large increases.
According to Schilling, the negative impact of Obamacare on citizens in the 17th includes:
- The average individual health insurance premium increased $768/annually
- Jo Daviess, Carroll, and Stephenson Counties were hit the hardest—these counties saw an average individual health insurance premium increase of $1,356/annually.
- The average 64 year old women in all 14 counties saw at least a $1,000 premium increase, with 64 year old women seeing a $2,688 premium increase in Jo Daviess, Carroll, and Stephenson Counties, a $2,136 premium increase in Knox and Fulton Counties, and a $1,956 premium increase in Winnebago County.
- Family plans saw even larger increases, as Forbes reported last year—the average family of four will see annual health care spending increase by $7,450.
"We need real health care reform that lowers costs for all Americans. Obamacare doesn't do that, and the Forbes analysis shows that. Obamacare is hurting everyone in our district—young people, elderly people, and middle class families. It's time to stop with the politics and start working to fix our broken health care system," said Schilling.
"I've proposed five concrete solutions to help reform health care, increase access to care, and lower costs. I've stood up, put myself out there, and led on this issue, as well as countless others. Where is my opponent? Where does she stand? Why won't Cheri Bustos answer to her constituents who can't afford to pay for their health insurance premiums? We need to roll our sleeves up, work together, and do everything we can to alleviate the financial pain Obamacare has caused people in our district."
Jon Schweppe, communications director at Bobby Schilling for Congress, said that Congresswoman Bustos needs to answer some questions.
"What has Congresswoman Cheri Bustos done to help struggling seniors with their health care costs? Where are her solutions? Why is she not taking a stand? Why is she defending what Obamacare has done to thousands of hard-working folks in her district? Will she work to pass real health care reform that helps people, or will she continue to stay to the Nancy Pelosi-Barack Obama party line, as she has on every other issue during her time in office? Only time will tell.
"But one thing is clear: Obamacare is unequivocally devastating people in the Illinois 17th District, and Cheri Bustos doesn't seem to care. It's shameful that Cheri Bustos refuses to empathize with her struggling constituents."