Obamacare is already exhausting the bank accounts of Washington natives, but it doesn’t solely have to do with the sky-high premium costs. Some users are claiming the Washington Healthplanfinder website is mistakenly debiting their accounts and they’re dealing with major headaches in trying to get their money back.
Shannon Bruner said she enrolled their family in the plan and selected the bill pay date for this month to be on Dec. 24. Instead, the Obamacare site took money out of her checking account last week and left her with a negative balance of $800. “The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed,'” she said. “We’re trying to keep it together. It’s important to me that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen.”
Her husband, Josh, said they had no money to pay other bills for the next two weeks until they received another paycheck. Washington Healthplanfinder e-mailed Shannon a few days ago and told her to view their invoice, but they were unable to because the website was down. The family was also unable to reach helpline administrators when calling the designated number. They were only able to reach Healthplanfinder administrators by submitting a message on the organization’s Facebook page.
Another user told news station KING5 that her account was charged twice in the same day due to website issues. It’s instances such as this, combined with the inefficient lack of response, that have led some Republicans to demand that Obama face trial for flouting the law. The resolution is being backed by 30 Republican congressman and led by South Carolina Congressman Tom Rice. Rep. Rice is demanding civil action be taken against Obama, which could potentially lead to impeachment if the case goes to trial and he is convicted.
“President Obama has adopted a practice of picking and choosing which laws he wants to enforce. In most cases, his laws of choice conveniently coincide with his Administration’s political agenda,” he said in a statement. “President Obama has chosen to ignore some of the laws written by Congress and implemented by preceding Presidents. This resolution allows the House of Representatives to bring legal action against the Executive Branch and challenge recent actions, inactions, and policies.”