San Antonio, TX WOAI-TV reports on the plight ahead for one Texas mom in the age of Obamacare. Rachel Benjamin has six children. She was stunned to learn that five of her six kids will now have to go on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP — Medicaid for kids. Medicaid was supposed to be a safety net for poorer Americans, not a program to cover the middle class.
Benjamin says her family is not impoverished, but will now have to go on Medicaid for their kids’ health insurance. “I don’t want to feel like I’m the lowest class citizen in this country,” she says. “I mean, like, who is on Medicaid?”
In addition to being forced into dependence on government that Rachel Benjamin never wanted, she now worries about whether her kids will even be able to see a doctor if they get sick.
“Now I’m just gonna hope and pray that they’re not gonna need to go to the doctor,” she says. The Benjamins had healthcare before Obamacare, but their policy didn’t meet Obamacare’s mandates. They liked it, but could not keep it. To buy insurance on their own now would cost the family $16,500 per year.
Most doctors don’t accept Medicaid, but who knows, maybe forcing doctors to start accepting it is among the things Americans will continue to learn about years after the Democrats passed and President Obama signed that law.
Watch WOAI’s story about the Benjamin family here.