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posted: 10/28/2013 5:00 AM

Promises on health care not being realized

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So today I finally was able to log in with the Healthcare.gov account I set up 10 days ago, ironically at the same time our president was telling the American people how great the product was and how affordable too.

For comparison I selected one of the better options -- the Gold policy that nevertheless had huge out-of-pocket costs and premiums almost three times as high as the health insurance we receive from our employer. I am sure I am not alone in this unaffordable experience.

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The other thing happening is that millions of Americans who currently have health insurance from their employers are losing the coverage and being "forced" onto the exchanges. NBC recently reported 300,000 policies in Florida, 160,000 policies in California and 45 percent of the policies with Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia will end for their insured at the end of this year.

Mr. Obama's promises that we can keep our insurance if we have it and we can keep our doctors if we like them are proving to be anything but true. It's a real catastrophe that is not receiving a lot of coverage in our media. The ripple effect of this program will affect the employment rates and the lower and middle class in a way that I am sure our government officials never intended.

It's obvious that this administration needs to delay the individual mandate in the same way it did for businesses and unions.

Brian D. Murphy

Des Plaines

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