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Tyler (KYTX) -- It's something millions of Americans are experiencing-- higher premiums for health care. Congressman Louie Gohmert is no exception-- saying he and his wife dropped their health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act.

"That bill caused so many millions of Americans to lose their employer contribution, I just don't think it's right," Louie Gohmert, (R) Texas, said.

Congressman Gohmert is an outspoken Republican who hopes to repeal Obama's new law.

"Because let's face it, what we have right now is not insurance, it's health care management," Gohmert said.

Insurance insiders explain the problem of the mandated coverage.

"Before, an insurance company could say 'I'll give it to you at $100 and you're in good health.' Today, I can't ask you if you're in good health so you're going to pay $175 because I don't know what kind of condition you are in," Michael Bosworth, President of Bosworth Associates, said.

He says so many of the uninsured are choosing to stay that way and pay the penalty.

"We are not seeing the people who have never had insurance. So the people who have had it, are complaining because they are buying coverages and being changed to physicians they didn't have before," Bosworth said.

With so many people still uninsured, and more that can no longer afford their plans, insiders say the problem is far from solved.

"The burden needs to be taken off of physicians, hospitals and clinics," Bosworth said.

Not everyone thinks the new health care law is that bad. Some say they'll enjoy having a few more years under their parent's policy.

 "It's pretty awesome because I still have 3 years of school left after I graduate this spring, so the longer I'm on there the better," Hannah Martindale, a 22-year-old student, said.

As for Congressman Gohmert, he's hopeful for the future. "I'm looking forward to having insurance at some point," Gohmert said.

He's just not sure when that will be.

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