Wichita, Kansas -- Some Kansans say the affordable health care act would make all the difference in their lives.
“I need dialysis. But I’ve been turned down with no insurance,” says Wichitan Boggio Gould. ” So I walk around like this because I can’t get health care.”
Gould was on his way to the post office Friday to mail some bills. He’s got more than $50,ooo in bills from a recent, serious illness.
“I just don’t have anywhere to turn,” says Boggio.
U.S. Congressman (R) Mike Pompeo of Kansas talked to KSN News about “Obamacare” and Kansans like Boggio.
“We’ve offered an original plan,” says Pompeo. “And, a plan B. A plan C. We’re moving in his (President Obama) direction but you’ve got to have someone to negotiate with and so far we don’t have that.”
Pompeo says the President is not willing to budge on the affordable health care act, so talks are going nowhere.
The President on Friday also spoke out on the government shutdown.
“There will be no negotiations over this,” said Mr. Obama. “The American people are not pawns in some political game. You don’t get to demand some ransom in exchange for keeping the government running.”
Boggio says, he doesn’t care what health care reform looks like in the end. He just wants to see changes in coverage options for pre-existing conditions.
“I’m caught right in the middle of it,” says Boggio. “I was in intensive care for a week. I got my first $50,000 bill. This is what the affordable health care act is. People like me. I was in very good health. I should have had health insurance. But now overwhelming debt and nowhere to go.”
Pompeo says Congress is still trying to make progress on the affordable health care act, what he calls the sticking point over the government shutdown.
“We get lots of calls into our office, we get lots of emails,” says Pompeo. “I absolutely believe the American people understand what is going on. There’s this struggle about whether we’re going to continue to spend billions and billions of dollars more money than we take in.”