And all across Indiana, Hoosiers are bracing for a 72% increase in the cost of individual insurance plans. Even worse, small businesses are dropping coverage for thousands of Americans. At the same time, fewer medical students are pursuing careers in family medicine.
The reason for these problems?
The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
Unfortunately, these problems aren't limited to Indiana, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
All across America, families and small businesses are struggling to make ends meet. They're being crushed by higher taxes as well as more regulation and mandates from Obamacare.
Even labor leader Jimmy Hoffa Jr., usually a reliable supporter of President Obama, said Obamacare will "destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class."
Obamacare was sold as a benefit to hardworking Americans, but it is hurting the very people it was intended to help.
In one encouraging sign, President Obama has signed seven bills that repeal parts of this law and has delayed several key provisions.
But we can't stop there. If allowed to go into effect, it's hard to imagine a single person in America who won't feel its severe impact in some way.
That is why Republicans in Congress are doing everything in our power to defund it and stop it from taking effect.
Friday, the House will pass reasonable legislation that funds the government, taking a government shutdown off the table while defunding Obamacare.
This isn't about threatening a shutdown. This is about stopping the pain every American will feel. It's time for the Senate to side with the American people as well.