PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dom Giordano spoke with Kathi Ember this morning on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT. Ember is an artist from Kutztown who wrote an editorial in the Reading Eagle about how she has benefited from the Affordable Care Act.
Ember says she is happy to see the uncoupling of health insurance and employment.
“Why should people have to work a job to have insurance? I don’t think health insurance should be tied to your work. It should come from the way it’s working now. We should all help each other. If health care costs were reasonable, sure, we would all just pay for it, but they are not reasonable costs,” she said.
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She defended the subsidy her and her husband receive with the insurance plan, saying it gives them security they would not otherwise have.
“I want everyone to be able to have insurance that they can afford. That’s all I want. Last year, my income dropped really low. I’m 59 years old. I’ve taught a few times. But I can’t just go out and get a job somewhere. It’s not that easy. If it comes down to it sure, I’ll go out, I would waitress, but would I get healthcare? No.”
Ember said providing economical insurance through the Affordable Care Act provides benefits for people who need them without imposing a drain on the poor and middle class.
“I don’t know why people are so upset about it because it’s not going to make anybody else’s taxes go up unless your adjusted gross income is over $200,000 a year. You are not getting a tax hike, and it’s not going to raise the national debt either. That’s a misnomer,” she stated.
She believes government intervention was necessary to stop skyrocketing costs that have priced so many people out of the market.
“Healthcare costs have gotten so exorbitant that lower income and middle income people cannot afford them at all. That is why you need government regulation to come in. That’s the only way to make it affordable,” she argued.