Rising Obamacare premiums affecting local businessman

Open enrollment for Obamacare in 2017 began Tuesday. The Affordable Care Act, which is in its seventh year of existence, had roughly 12.7 million enrollees as of February 2016. Recently complaints have been made by some enrollees that the affordable care

BEAUMONT - Open enrollment for Obamacare in 2017 began Tuesday. The Affordable Care Act, which is in its seventh year of existence, had roughly 12.7 million enrollees as of February 2016. Recently complaints have been made by some enrollees that the affordable care might not be so affordable. With one woman’s monthly premium increasing from $523.69 to $780.79.  

For Mike Fuljenz, a local business owner, he says the ACA premium increase is affecting his ability to insure his employees

“Every year my health care for my employees has gone up 15 to 20 percent, and while I absorb that, to accomplish that, I've had to increase the deductibles on the employee,” said Fuljenz.

Fuljenz also says he’s seen the effects of Obamacare on his employees, and their families.

“We have a spouse of an employee who had to go, on the Obamacare plan, to a pediatrician in Winnie,” said Fuljenz. “They could not use a pediatrician in the Beaumont area. That is not if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.”

Fuljenz says the solutions relies on team work.

”We need republicans and democrats to work together on things like this,” said Fuljenz. “Because there is a lot to be done and we hope after the election they can roll their sleeves and work on it.” 

(© 2016 KBMT)


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