The White House provided this background on "Victims of Affordable Care Act/Obamacare":
The members of two families, one from Troy, Ohio and another from Louisville, Kentucky, will be available to speak to media after President departs from tarmac in Cincinnati.
Meeting the the President:
Mrs. Raya Whalen, co-owner of PlayCare, LLC in Troy, OH
Mr. Dan Withrow, president of DSS Distribution Group Inc. in Louisville, KY
Mrs. Raya Mafazy Whalen and her husband, Michael, are owners of PlayCare, an Ohio-based small business that specializes in the design, sale, installation, and maintenance of commercial playground equipment. PlayCare employe 15 Ohioans; given its size and health policy exemptions, some might underestimate the disastrous impact of Obamacare; the Whalens story proves otherwise.
Prior to Obamacare's enactment, the Whalens' company offered affordable health care options to its employees the Whalens purchased healthcare through heir own company as well. However, following Obamacare's enactment, the company's plan was considered unacceptable by the government due to over burdensome regulations. They and their employees were forced to purchase health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.
They were far from affordable and did not fulfill the promise that "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor."
Not for the Whalens. When Raya discovered she and her husband were expecting their first child, she visited with her extended family's OB-GYN, who informed her that she could not accept her insurance which was devastating to Raya as their doctor had delivered her 9 nieces and nephews.
For Raya to stay with that doctor, she would have had to pay $50 thousand out of pocket with she could not do. She was force dot find another doctor.
Under Obamacare, the cost of monthly healthcare for Raya and her family skyrocketed from roughly $170 to $800 a month, almost the cost of a mortgage, and her deductible is nearly $15 thousand.
Recently, Raya's 7 month old child needed to be hospitalized and the child, fortunately, is well. The cost of the hospitalization for the child left Raya and her husband with a $5000 cost. It is as if Raya did not [have] health insurance at all when it does not cover medical needs.
Raya founded the Young Republican Women of Cincinnati.
Raya will be accompanied by her husband Michael Whalen and their 7-money old baby Colette.
Mr. Dan Withrow, president of DSS Distribution Group Inc., in Louisville, KY
Dan Withrow is the owner of DSS Distribution Group Inc, an 11 employee small business in Louisville, KY that distributes pallets, packaging materials and automated equipment. Prior to Obamacare's enactment, Dan's company provided multiple options to his employees through a group plan, gen the competitive market place, his employees were satisfied with the options they had.
Following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare options began to increase in cost, some as much as 150%.
As a result, ignorer to provide his employees benefits and be able to retain them, Dan and his company assumed a greater financial burden of their employees' healthcare, diverting his profits away from hiring more employees and growing his business.
Dan is hopeful that Obamacare is repealed and replaced so that he can once again provide his employees with a lower cost for health care and be able to hire more employees and expand his business.
Dan will be accompanied by his wife Mindy Withrow, and their children Hallie age 15, and triplets Ella, Nicholas and Christian age 12.