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Wed Apr 6, 2016, 04:50 PM

 

GRATITUDE: Iím With Hillary Because Obamacare Saved My Life

GRATITUDE: Iím With Hillary Because Obamacare Saved My Life
By Susan Madrak
http://bluenationreview.com/im-with-hillary-because-obamacare-saved-my-life/

I remember the exact moment when I first started loving Hillary. It was because she cared about my teeth. It was during Bill Clintonís first term, and I was reading about the ongoing political fight over Hillarycare. The newspaper story said insurance company bigwigs were angry with Hillary because she had insisted that dental coverage be included. I donít have the exact quote, but it was words to the effect of: ďYour teeth are part of your body, arenít they? You canít separate them.Ē She pointed out that children with bad teeth couldnít eat healthy food, or concentrate on their schoolwork. And I thought, Wow. I love her.

When youíre a member of the working poor, teeth are a big problem. Chances are, you need at least some work you canít afford; you probably live with some pain when you eat. (In Pennsylvania, where I live, if youíre eligible for Medicaid, you can get dental work. But if youíre a member of the working poor, well, good luck.) I was in my twenties before I even knew you could get a shot of Novocaine before a filling; the free city health center only used it when they yanked a tooth. And braces? In a family of five kids, that was just a dream. Even though Hillarycare didnít succeed, it deeply impressed me that someone in the White House actually cared about people like me. And Hillary started the national discussion that finally came to fruition after the 2008 presidential election. Obama was elected, and the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) passed by a hair. At first I thought it could have been a better plan, that it was cobbled together by competing interests. But I also knew it was just the beginning, because you canít improve something that doesnít exist.

Then, along with millions of others, I lost a good job during the Great Recession. I managed to pay my very expensive COBRA coverage until that option finally ran out. And thatís when I started to get frequent bouts of acute pancreatitis from gallstones. Each time I showed up in the ER, the doctors told me I needed immediate gallbladder surgery or I might die; every time I told them I had no insurance, it was no longer an emergency and they sent me home. It was still two years until Obamacare kicked in, and I resigned myself ó me, this smart, talented, witty person who still intended to write the Great American Novel ó to being just another anonymous statistic who died from lack of medical care. God, that was depressing.


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Reply GRATITUDE: Iím With Hillary Because Obamacare Saved My Life (Original post)
Her Sister Apr 2016 OP
Hoyt Apr 2016 #1
Her Sister Apr 2016 #2
Raissa Apr 2016 #3
stopbush Apr 2016 #4
cosmicone Apr 2016 #5
Thinkingabout Apr 2016 #6

Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2016, 04:57 PM

1. I think she'll preserve the good parts of ACA and go for a public option, greater subsidies, etc.

 

That's the fastest way to single payer with the make up of Congress for the foreseeable future. If the Public Option is as good as we believe, people will gravitate toward it. Yet, you don't have to cram it down the 40% or so of the population who won't settle for a single choice in the short-run. Long-term, they'll come around too.

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2016, 04:58 PM

2. This story made me tear up

 

Find it lovely ~ towards both President Obama and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton!

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2016, 05:10 PM

3. I feel strongly about this as well

Until the ACA my husband could not get individual insurance due to pre-existing conditions. He worked a job that made him miserable for healthcare.

Now he's successfully self-employed and has great insurance.

I'm so glad he was able to follow his dreams and pursue his happiness without worrying that he wouldn't have medical coverage. Our whole family is better for it.

So many positives come from the ACA. I'm hopeful that we're on the path to even better care for all.

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2016, 05:45 PM

4. Probably the easiest and most far-ranging improvements that could be made to the ACA

would be to lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 55 (as the Ds have tried to do in the past) and to find a way to insist/pressure R governors to institute the expansion of Medicaid to the poor people in their states.

Beyond that, it's going to be a long, tedious slog to make significant changes. Forget single payer as an option until and unless the Ds control Congress again, with a filibuster-proof Senate. It's not going to happen.

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2016, 05:47 PM

5. kick n/t

 

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Response to Her Sister (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2016, 06:21 PM

6. I had insurance through retirement benefits and during the time of the ACA passage I now have what

is qualified as "pre-existence" conditions which would prevent me from getting health insurance, it is good to know I do not have to face purchasing health insurance with pre-existence conditions.

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