Republican congressman rallies against Obamacare in Peoria

By WEEK Producer

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 8:52 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Republican Congressman Aaron Schock is continuing the GOP assault on the Affordable Care Act with some displeased constituents.

Rep. Schock held a morning news conference at his Peoria office accompanied by several people who have complained that policies they were happy with have been canceled and that they are now going to have much higher premiums.

Denise Sanders owns a small business with her husband. She said they have received notice that their current policy is being canceled. She said their premiums will probably go up by 250-percent.

"It's simply unaffordable. We can't simply absorb that cost in a small business budget or our personal budget,” Sanders said. “Cuts are going to have to be made in other places, if that's our only option. Fortunately, we won't have to do layoffs with our small business or cut hours but we may have to pass those costs on to our customers."

According to Avalere Health, a consulting firm that is tracking ACA sign-ups, just over a 500,000 people have signed up for insurance overall.

The great majority have signed up for expanded Medicaid and 49,000 have enrolled in the 12 states and the District of Columbia that are operating their own exchanges.

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