Local Fisherman Upset About Affordable Care Plan; Writes Letter to President

By: A-mila West Email
By: A-mila West Email

PANAMA CITY BEACH -- A local man is sharing his complaints about the Affordable Health Care plan. He wrote a letter to President Obama about the future upgrades to his healthcare plan.

Local Charter Fisherman Bob Zales just recently found out he'll only be able to keep his insurance coverage until the summer of 2014.

His healthcare provider says his current plan does not comply with the Affordable Care Act.
Then he was offered a new plan but at an extra cost.

"Otherwise I could accept that or I could go find another provider," Local Fisherman Bob Zales said.

President Obama addressed the healthcare issue during a news conference on Thursday.

"I completely get how upsetting this could be for a lot of Americans, particularly after assurances they heard from me, that if they had a plan that they like they could keep it," said President Obama.

Right now Zales pays $900 a month for his Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage. But, he only has a few months left at that rate.

Zales said the insurance provider told him his policy meets only 8 out of 10 criteria.

"The first one was it didn't have maternity coverage, the second it didn't have pediatric care,” said Zales.

Zales is sixty years old. He feels that he should not be required to pay for coverage that he surely will not use.

"I really don't need that coverage. She said it doesn't make any difference if you need it or not, the President says you gotta have it,” Zales said.

The President said, "I think it's fair to say, the rollout has been rough so far. And I think everyone understands that I’m not happy."

Zales has until next year to choose what to do about his coverage. He says he plans to sit back and wait to see what happens with the Affordable Health Care plan before making any decisions.

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