BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Supporters of the Affordable Care Act say it's supposed to help make healthcare affordable for more Americans, but those opposed to it say it's having the opposite effect.
Within the last two days, we received several emails and phone calls from viewers who say instead of making it easier for people to get health insurance, it will be a lot tougher.
Fred Walker has spent the last three days on his computer trying to log on to a federal government website. He wants to compare the prices of different health insurance options.
"This is probably the 50th time today I've tried to log in," said Walker.
A letter he received from Blue Cross Blue Shield is giving him a sense of urgency. It says because of the Affordable Care Act, he will have to pay more than $600 a month for health insurance starting Jan. 1.
"If this is supposed to be affordable healthcare, I would like to know who can afford it," said Walker. "Come January 1, it'll be the first time in 43 years, since I've had health insurance on me and my family. That will come to a stop on January 1st because I can't pay it."
He believes the Affordable Care Act will allow people who've never had insurance to get coverage. But, he also believes it will force those who've always had coverage to go without.
"They could have passed five or six laws that would have opened up competition," said Walker. "Made insurance available across state lines. They could have said, ‘You have to have open enrollment a couple of times a year.' I'd even like to see them entertain something like allowing doctors to do what attorneys do, which is have a retainer."
With the Affordable Care Act being a done deal, all Walker can do is keep trying to log into a federal website to find other insurance options.
"Hopefully, it'll be something I can afford," he said. "But I'll be surprised if it is."
Walker says that he hopes his story will encourage people not to wait until the last minute before they start scooping health insurance prices. He also says that he's been in touch with employees in Congressman Walker Jones' office.
Jones represents the Third District.
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