There’s really no way around it: every hiccup, twitch, glitch, road bump and misstep that Obamacare makes is BIG NEWS! For over a month straight, it seemed like every other story on the “liberal” news was how bad the Healthcare.gov rollout was. Since then, the site is pretty much up to speed and the rough edges have been smoothed out. Not that you would know it from watching the same “liberal” news that was so excited about the problems.
Similarly, enrollment for November was awful and it was PROOF OBAMACARE HAS FAILED AND THE COUNTRY HAS SPOKEN! If October was dedicated to the website, November was dedicated to October’s lousy enrollment numbers. Of course, it was only mentioned in passing that the ACA website being down heavily contributed to the low numbers. It was also only mentioned in passing that the website itself was mostly fixed. I’ll bet money there are Fox News viewers who think the site is still completely broken. I’ll bet even more money they’ll still be thinking that six months from now. Also, they won’t know Obamacare enrollment picked up dramatically.
Obamacare: What is it good for?
But what is getting lost, and deliberately so, are the millions of people that now have insurance because of Obamacare. Some of them for the first time ever. We’ve all heard the “Obamacare horror stories” that whipped around the “liberal” media at the speed of light. Unsurprisingly, we didn’t hear much about the follow-up that proved almost every single one of them to be completely untrue because, you know, liberal media bias or something.
But since we here at Addicting Info are ACTUAL liberals, we’re perfectly happy to share with you the stories of some of our readers that prove, as usual, Obamacare is better for the country than the old system of unrestrained greed. Here it is, in their own words. I cleaned up any spelling mistakes and commented (in bold) on a few notable examples:
Insurance: Had it. Lost it. Got It. Thanks, Obamacare!
When ACA started enrollment, I was on first thing 1 OCT. I didn’t let the hangups and glitches faze me. I needed insurance. I stuck out the slow website, crashes, etc. Being that I’m pretty healthy I enrolled in a $7.71/monthly plan. Sure it has a deductible but preventive care is covered. In any case, I’m way better off than I was before: In the Hell of the non-insured wondering if I could afford that urgent care visit, where I may or may not be seen or cared for adequately. I got back onto Kaiser and I feel a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.You can go ahead and use my first name and last initial for my story, if you chose to use it. Thanks so much.
I’ve been without insurance since my ex and I split up in ’99 and I couldn’t afford to pay COBRA to continue the policy. I was attending college full-time, and when he left I was scrambling just to pay my living expenses. I now own my own business, but once I got to the point where I could possibly afford insurance, I was denied due to pre-existing conditions, which was laughable since my “pre-existing” conditions were a past history of kidney stones and back problems. For the past 3 years I have lived with no insurance, scared to death of getting sick. I did have another kidney stone two years ago that sent me to the ER, where they did absolutely nothing for me. Once the ACA website got straightened out, I was able to get a policy that was affordable, without them asking pages of questions about my medical history. When the clock struck midnight last night, my first thought was, “finally I have insurance, and I am so grateful!”
I lost my job in 2013 and was offered COBRA at $450 plus per month which I cannot afford on unemployment. I have epilepsy, a pre-existing condition, and was rejected when I shopped for private insurance. Thankfully, the ACA took effect and I now have affordable insurance with the cost based on my low income on unemployment. Without the ACA, I would be left without health insurance leaving me vulnerable to losing the home I worked to pay for over the last 30 years. I also paid my way through college without borrowing a penny. I have been waiting for access to affordable health insurance for my entire working career. We are no longer slaves to or at the mercy of our employers for affordable health insurance.The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the best thing that happened to the American people in a very long time. Unfortunately, too many of them don’t know it yet, but they will over time. This is the kind of the story the GOP REALLY does not want you to hear. A responsible homeowner and college graduate that suddenly could not afford insurance can afford it again under Obamacare. The right would have you believe that the only people benefiting from the new law are lazy moochers.
Last April I had to drop my health insurance because it went up to almost 50% of my income from my full-time job. My federal tax rate is 50% because the IRS calls me self-employed. Anyway, through the ACA I now have insurance that I can afford AND I will be able to afford to use it! Nice! Republicans claim that premiums “suddenly” went up because of Obamacare. Because in Bizarro GOPland premiums haven’t been rising faster than inflation for decades, thus causing the health care crisis in the first place.
Samantha Megan Scott
I lost my job due to health issues. Took my insurance with it and I couldn’t afford private insurance or cobra and don’t qualify for medicaid. Through healthcare.gov, I got a BC/BS hmo plan, that after my subsidy will cost me only 39.95/ month for just me (kids are covered elsewhere).
I don’t know if this counts because it isn’t “my” story. I don’t have one. I get my healthcare at the VA and I pay zero for it. My girlfriend recently got coverage using the Idaho exchange site. She couldn’t afford insurance previously and actually chose to not go full time to college to avoid the insurance fee (which she already knew was worthless because they dropped me in the ER when I got sick, prior to me getting signed on with the VA). She is paying about $30 per month! Another problem the GOP would like to pretend doesn’t exist. People are not “free” when they have to worry about health care. They cannot leave bad jobs or move to a better neighborhood for fear of losing their insurance. And in some cases, they can’t even attend college and become more productive members of society because of it. So much for the right’s claim that they want more “freedom” for the average American.
Too poor to afford it. Medicaid to the rescue. Thanks, Obamacare!
I was on M in Florida when I was living with my parents. When I relocated back to Washington State in 2009, I had barely any coverage due to it being out of state and once I gained residency I lost it completely. The job I had, though part-time, did everything they could to keep hours down to avoid having to provide coverage to employees. I’ve had so many health issues that have put me in the ER and urgent care over the last few years because I couldn’t go see a doctor. Now, because of the ACA, I finally have coverage and will actually be able to maintain my health! In Bizarro GOPland, letting people get so sick they have to go to the emergency room is “cheaper” than giving them preventive care. Maybe they hope most of them will die before they get to the hospital?
I’m going to be able to receive Medicaid, because my state, Ohio, was one of those who opted for Expanded Medicaid. In 2010, I was diagnosed with Stage IV cervical cancer. Since then, because I’ve been unable to afford insurance and have usually made too much to qualify for Medicaid, I have not been able to get regular check-ups. Statistics indicate that I have a 83% chance of getting cancer within 5 years of going into remission. Expanded Medicaid will permit me to get those check-ups.
I am a 53 year old male who has worked since I was 14 years old. My fathers employment provided me Health Insurance as child. When I turned 18 sought employers that provided Insurance. And they were many.Then after I went to college while working full time I always sought the same. At the age of 50 my last employer went bankrupt, bounced paychecks at the same time my mother became ill… so I moved in to care for her and just work PT from home for various companies. A Single policy became to expensive.So I have been uninsured…. thanks to Washington State accepting Medicaid funding and setting up an exchange, I had choices and after a 15 minute interview and documenting, I now have Insurance and a doctor I can see without bring in $300 for a 20 minute visit.
Pre-existing conditions? Not a problem! Thanks, Obamacare!
Johnathan Daniel Lewis
I didn’t have health insurance until the ACA, I have preexisting conditions and now I have truly AFFORDABLE insurance! I pay $68/mo!! My preexisting is back issues, I have actually been on the Federal Preexisting Insurance Program the past year due to the ACA but until that I had nothing! I’m so berry thankful for the ACA, I would be completely screwed without it!!!
I am one of those who could not get healthcare insurance due to an earlier infection of bacterial endocarditis…it destroyed my aortic heart valve and made replacement a necessity. Open heart surgery…the whole 9. I take several medications as well, for clotting issues with the new valve etc. I didn’t have health insurance for over 10 years…but now I have it again thanks to President Obama and the ACA.Its peace of mind…knowing that you will not lose everything you have worked for as a result of an illness.
Seems to me this would be a no-brainer….but…well….a good brainscrubbing by the corporate media will make a brainless tool of you if you let it.
I’ve been battling recurring cancer off and on for 15 years. Only way I could get insurance is if I married someone or had a job where everyone is covered. In other words work for insurance only. But then I couldn’t afford $600 a month and have lost jobs because of my illness. I’ve been forced to live in poverty and commit fraud in order to survive. I now have insurance.
I am too young for medicare, could not get insurance due to pre-existing conditions, lost my job and only able to get part time work: Therefore, no health insurance. As of today, I have health insurance thanks to ACA. I qualify for a subsidy to help pay the premium. I feel this subsidy is a tax credit to me. If I did not use the entire credit for paying the premium it would go to reducing my taxes. How is a tax credit to individuals considered a government handout but considered an economic benefit for corporations? That’s a good point, actually. Tax credits to businesses are meant to “stimulate” the economy. Wouldn’t keeping people from becoming too sick to work be the same thing? Or does it only count when it directly benefits the rich?
Hi I am the ACA. I have something called chronic regional pain syndrome. Is a debilitating disease the pain is worse than cancer. I have not been able to work full-time so I tried to get my own insurance and nobody would cover me. I literally made an appointment with the health care representative and they never even showed up after I gave them my list of medication. Now thanks the affordable care act I have insurance and I can work. Again, a person who can now work that couldn’t before. In Bizarro GOPland, this is somehow a terrible thing.
My daughter is 28. She had been turned down repeatedly once she was too old to stay on my insurance because when she was in middle school she was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma. She has not had an asthma attack in years, but they still refused to cover her. After the ACA passed, she found a company that apparently had decided to try and get ahead of the curve and sold her a policy.
She also had a baby last July. At that time, no insurer on the individual market in Delaware sold any policies with maternity coverage. So she’s paying off a $10K hospital bill. Now, thanks to the ACA, if and when she decides to have another baby, her maternity expenses are covered. Mandatory maternity coverage. Over the objections of the GOP, of course. The party of “We defend babies” seems to go out of its way to endanger them.
That’s just a tiny tiny little sample of the people who no longer have to live with the uncertainty of not having health insurance. As the deadline for the penalty approaches, millions more will sign up. Several months from now, those millions will listen to the GOP rail against the “evils” of Obamacare and be repulsed. They will tell their friends and families how much better their lives are with insurance. In turn, those people will listen to the GOP demand the repeal of Obamacare and wonder how their loved ones having peace of mind is tyranny.
The debate is rapidly approaching the point of diminishing returns for the Republicans. Unfortunately for the right, their inability to compromise will force them to tilt at windmills and they will pay the price for it. And you probably still won’t hear about it on the evening news.