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Oct 29

Obamacare Rocks…thank you President Obama!

To anyone who is against the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, kick rocks – huge toe-breaking, ankle twisting rocks! Let me tell you why…

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For just about four months of healthcare, my unexpected medical bills without insurance would have nearly reached $20,000. Before you start thinking about who is paying that $20,000 bill, please understand that ACA insurance is not welfare. Even if it was welfare, I pay taxes and I’ve paid my dues as a working citizen, with about 28 years of employment under my belt. I pay my premiums and co-pays, just like any other person that receives health benefits from their employers. By federal standards, I am not impoverished (although I’d beg to differ), but I was uninsured. I am a small business owner and part-time employee who was without adequate healthcare for about two and a half years.

During the time that I was uninsured, having previously been misdiagnosed with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia, my health dwindled greatly. I had no idea that my body was becoming a complete wasteland and attacking itself. I did not understand how I could go from playing flag football and sliding bases in kickball to barely being able to run. I did not understand how as vibrant as I am, I sometimes did not want to get out of bed. I just chalked it up to getting older, but it still bothered me.

Finally, I was able to get insurance through the marketplace at healthcare.gov. That first visit to the doctor did NOT go as I had hoped. Fortunately, I selected a thorough primary care physician who did extensive lab work.  As she went over the lab results, she went through every detail, explaining what they meant and treatments I would need. I was floored and nervous…and very, very scared. After 12 years, the lupus diagnosis was confirmed and I do not have rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia, which makes sense now. As with any other patient with an autoimmune chronic illness, there are often other troubles and co-illnesses. It’s been almost four months since that lab work. Four months ago, I wasn’t absolutely sure how much longer I’d be here. Although this is not the best choice of words, it nearly scared the life out of me. Five doctors/specialists later, I’m a lot better and greatly appreciating each day that I open my eyes. I thank President BarackObama (and the doctors and the Lord) for that!

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There are many uninsured and under-insured people. There are many people working two or more part-time jobs, because some employers aren’t offering full-time work anymore. It’s more cost-effective for employers to hire two part-time employee, than one full-time employee. It won’t be necessary for them to provide healthcare coverage. For me, who am, and the work I do, it is important to continue to push for adequately insuring the uninsured and the under-insured.

Obamacare…it works for me!

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