WKOK guests debate Obamacare

SUNBURY — As Obamacare continues to be an issue for debate in Washington, two local folks gave their differing views on WKOK Thursday morning. Susquehanna University economics professor Matt Rousu is opposed to Obamacare. He gave an example of a letter he received from a woman that had her insurance plan automatically changed to a plan that fits the Obamacare requirements.

“My deductible went up from 1,500 to 2,500, that’s 66%. My limit on annual out of pocket expenses went up 323%. I’m now covered for a bunch of things I don’t want or need. My monthly premium went up an increase of 65%. I get to pay more for something I don’t even want. These are the stories I’m hearing,” Rousu said.

US Senator Bob Casey, on the other hand, favors Obamacare. He says it is important to help everyone to get healthcare, “If you repeal the bill, you are basically saying to 17-million kids ‘your healthcare doesn’t really matter to us. Millions of seniors have gotten help with their prescription drug coverage.

“The other thing is, if we went along with the crowd that says repeal it all, not only would those protections go away for seniors and children, but you would also blow a $109-billion hole in the economy,” he said. Rousu was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program, while Casey was a call-in guest on WKOK Sunrise. You can download those programs here. (Codi Jade)

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