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Darrell Issa: Why Obamacare relief is so urgently needed

Why Obamacare relief is so urgently needed

By Congressman Darrell Issa | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

If your roof sprang a leak, you wouldn’t wait for it to collapse before making repairs. Such is the dilemma we encounter in our health care system. Obamacare is on the brink of total failure, crumpling under the pressure of its canceled plans, skyrocketing premiums, burdensome regulations and sea of broken promises.

We have limited time left to act and save millions more from the consequences of its wreckage.

Last week, the House of Representatives approved legislation that begins the process of repairing the damage Obamacare has done to our health care system. I supported the bill because it is was a first step, and our best shot, to make good on the commitment I’ve made to deliver real relief from Obamacare’s tax hikes, rising premiums and ever-dwindling options for care.
Just take a look at the numbers.

This year in California, monthly health insurance premiums will increase by an average of 13 percent on the state’s exchanges created by Obamacare. Nationwide? Premiums have risen an average of $5,000 a year. These increases force families to pay more and get less, in part, from the litany of Washington mandates and regulations, but also because the law never addressed the underlying causes of the rising costs of health care in the first place.

These problems have only compounded as competition continues to be pushed out. …read more…