President Trump met with a number of Americans deeply and negatively affected by Obamacare at the White House Monday as the administration tries to sell the American Health Care Act.
"Our rates are three times what they were before Obamacare started. We have one provider in the county," Carrie Couey of Colorado said. "We have very little options for what we can and cannot do. We are a small business, but we aren't brick and mortar we are cattle ranchers. We can't afford our equipment anymore if we're paying these rates year after year after year. Our food source is in jeapardy because of this heath care law."
"We were uninsured in December, they dropped us for the third time after we paid over $50,000 last year for healthcare expenses," Couey continued.
Another woman, Brittany Ivey from Georgia, had a similar story and explained her family has been struggling to keep their personal finances afloat under Obamacare rate increases.
"It's been hard," Ivey said. "It's almost put our family into financial ruin."
A woman from Arizona, where premiums went up by 116 percent, said costs from Obamacare became so overwhelming she opted out of health insurance altogether and pays the penalty instead.
"You’re not going to have one-size-fits-all. Instead, we’re going to be working to unleash the power of the private marketplace to let insurers come in and compete for your business and you’ll see rates go down, down, down and you’ll see plans go up, up, up," the President said in response. "You’ll have a lot of choices. You’ll have plans that nobody is even thinking of today."
President Trump will travel to Tennessee and Michigan this week for a series of repeal Obamacare rallies.