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10 Reasons to Love Obamacare

10 Reasons to Love Obamacare
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is called that for a reason. Otherwise known as Obamacare, it protects patients from HMOs’ common abusive tactics and makes health insurance more affordable. Here are some examples.

1. Health insurance for everyone

Everyone will have access to health care coverage, including people who don’t work full-time jobs that provide benefits30 million people who had no medical insurance before Obamacare will now get the care they need at rates they can afford.

If you don’t want insurance, you will pay a tax to cover what the rest of us will have to shell out when you show up at the emergency room.

2. No more worrying about pre-existing conditions

It used to be that people who had an illness and were not previously insured couldn’t get coverage for their disease. When they signed up for new health insurance, it covered things that might theoretically happen, but not the malady the individual actually had.

No longer. Once it is fully implemented, Obamacare will forbid health insurers from refusing to cover pre-existing conditions. If you have diabetes when you sign up for health insurance, that insurance must cover your diabetes.

This is a big deal. 1 in 2 Americans have a pre-existing condition.

3. No more dropping sick patients

Medical insurers have a shocking habit of canceling coverage as soon as people need it. Got cancer? Your HMO suddenly bids you adieu. The documentary “Sicko” tells the stories of many Americans whose finances and lives were destroyed when their insurers pulled this cold-hearted trick. Around 60% of American bankruptcies are related to medical expenses.

Obamacare says “quit it” to the companies that profit off your health but abandon you when you get sick. If an illness suddenly makes you expensive to insure, your health care plan has to stay the course and pay for treatment. Which, after all, is what you pay them to do.

4. Young adults can stay on their parents’ plans

Parents can include kids up to 26 years old on their own health insurance. Have you heard how much trouble young adults are having finding work these days? Without full-time jobs they usually have no access to affordable health care. Voila, problem solved.

5. Free preventive care

Colonoscopies are one of the most frequently used preventative medical tests. Under Obamacare, patients won’t pay one red cent for them and for other preventive care.

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5:55AM PDT on May 23, 2014

Wow! I agree that I do not want the government spending my tax dollars to shoot wolves and slaughter wild horses. It is a terrible misuse of funds and the killing is needless and senseless. I also agree that everyone needs some form of health care. I have a friend that is 65 and she has not had a woman's wellness exam for over 40 years because she has no health care insurance and cannot afford the out of pocket cost. Lucky for her, she has not had any catastrophic illnesses over all of these years. Don't know what she would have done. I don't know what the answer is.

7:12AM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

Robby, you are an idiot. The problem is, Obama and the Democrats have compromised so much, the teabaggers think they can walk all over them. The ACA is a LAW. Supposedly, those "constitutional" laws are only good when the republicans are the ones who like them. When it is something that takes away from their own pockets, or maybe keeps people alive and taking responsibility for themselves, that is another matter entirly.
Even though I am in Ohio, I can't wait to find out what I will be able to sign up for. Or, since I am in Ohio, where I will have to move to in order to get some respect. Probably back to Illinois.

3:53PM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Robby,
If you drive are car, it is mandatory to buy car insurance, so that other people are not forced to pay for any damages you cause. It’s the same principle here. Unlike a car which is an elective purchase, everyone has a body by default. When that body needs medical care, if you have no insurance others are burdened by huge ER bills.

Of course the best solution is to do away with insurance completely and offer free or very cheap healthcare for all. Failing that, this is the next best option, hopefully a first step towards true universal healthcare.

If doctors are leaving and companies are cutting employees, that’s due to their own greed. Not a problem with ACA.

11:06PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Care 2 does funny things sometimes... lack of compromise here that 'caused' a small percentage of gov't shut-down (this isn't nearly as bad as it's been made out to be, except that our democratic administration is trying to shut down memorials- talk about classless!) was largely the democrats. The republicans wanted some compromise, they didn't get it & here we are. It's a back & forth thing, but it's anything but a game. People one each side look at it like a football game & want the other side to get their a$$es kicked. But it's really silly. Compromise is how a free nation thrives.

11:00PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Actually Suba- this is the first time (that I'm aware of) that Americans were forced to buy. You're not forced to buy a car, but you're forced to drive one sober & w/in some realm of safety. If you do not, and you are caught, you can have your right to drive revoked, etc.

It's also not "panicking" when Dr's are actually considering leaving their practices & many of us have already lost our healthcare before obamacare has even started. Also, something no one here will ever mention- the lack of com

7:43AM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

Sevonya,
The fact that there are many things wrong with this country is no justification to stop progress with healthcare. Solve one major problem, and it will make it that much easier to solve others.

“Saying people must do this or else, is NOT freedom of choice, or democratic.”

Do you also oppose to all the laws ranging from “people must wear seatbelts when driving”; through “people must not drink & drive” to “people must not commit murder”, as undemocratic?

“This Obamacare was never presented to the general public for their opinion.”

As Jenny mentioned, it was presented. People just need to take the time to read the info. While ACA is far from perfect, it certainly is a big improvement from the way things were.

“When Obamacare or the ideas behind it, are literally terrorizing the American people,”

If anyone is panicking, it is only due to ignorance, misinformation and propaganda. Fortunately many are not “terrorized”, considering that the load of new applications has apparently caused the system to crash.

I agree with you that insurance is a huge pain. In a true single payer system there’s no need for insurance, and that’s what we should strive for. Hopefully this is a first step in that direction.

5:07AM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

Sevonya- With all due respect- WHERE WERE YOU?????? There was a three month (entire summer) period in 2011 where the ACA was ON LINE and ANYONE who was REALLY interested could go read it and see for themselves exactly what was in it. The problem is that CONGRESS didn't bother to read it because it was 2500+ pages. Well, if you can't read that, then you don't belong in COngress. How do you expect a bill this big, a task so monumental to be anything LESS THAN 2500+ pages?
Judging by your pst, you know NOTHING about it and you are still eager to comment on what a train wreck it is. Tell that to the 2million + people who tried to get on line yesterday. That's not even including how many without computers had to get the write-in applications. Systems crash when people are trying to process information. It is NOT like watching somebady fart under water on Youtube. When your system has to actually calculate and process information, it will crash when over-loaded. Evidently, millions of people are eager to start this. And as for your ridiculous comment about the poor not being able to afford getting insurance, well THAT'S who MEDICAID is for. So, before you go stomping on something that doesn't work because it hasn't started yet, why don't YOU go on line, read for yourself, and THEN make a decision based on information you actually gathered for yourself instead of letting idiots like Ted Cruz and John Boehner dictate what you will or will not want.

2:57AM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

'Happy Shutdown Day?' Dare we say instead, Goodbye, Teabaggers, Goodbye Republi-can't Party!

They need to have their squalling tantrums first, pounding their fists with anger and frenzy, shutting down the government, interrupting so many things even people having a well-deserved vacation in National Parks. The Tea Party and Republi-can'ts hold their collective breath until their faces become beet red with fury then turn blue from lack of oxygen. We can hear them squalling loudly with self-pity and immoral outrage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQcweQO7Shk

The right wing malcontents will be forever swept aside by the floodgates of history, taken out to sea and marooned on the Isle of Scrooge with their right wing Scroogeology. Thus marooned, they so richly deserve to live out their days fed by a salty brine of right wing pablum while listening to the inanities of King Cruz pontificating from the salty beach. On the Isle of Scrooge they will be forever consigned to the irrelevancy that they so richly deserve.

8:44PM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

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A 4 year old was told she can't garden in a subsidized housing yard, when there was no law or ordinance forbidding it. So why did they try to stop her? Because they could reason or not.

Other people being threatened/fined for gardening. people having to buy permits/licenses to have yard sales, sell produce, etc. pay money to make money.

Why do people have to be paid to do anythig these days. Imagine what the world could be if everyone SHARED something with another, their time, expertise, talents.

There was a poor laborer in Korea, who could sing like an angel, but no one would hire him to sing. He was abandoned at an orphanage, ran away, got beaten up on the streets, yet would sing for FREE at bennefits for children. When he himself needed funds not to be homeless.

We need to stop putting price tags on literally everything, and start helping each other-

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL - DEMOCRACY FOR ALL!

8:43PM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

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Also, the government needs to stop paying "wildlife services" $800.00 AN HOUR to shot wolves "in remote areas" from a chopper, for no real reason. They need to stop paying the BLM to pay chopper round up pilots $250.00 PER HORSE chased into a pen. The BLM, then neglects, traumatizes, separates , even "euthanizes", and or sells the horses for slaughter EXPORT. These are not managed or executed propery, and are actually extremely monetarily wasteful. They should be defunded, not food stamps.

I hope less wolves and wild creatures are NOT dying due to this shutdown. I hope someone takes the opportunity to ACTUALLY look at the expenditures of government funded entities, and finds and stops extreme mismanagement and useless expenditures like those above.

I HOPE PEOPLE STOP THE BLAME GAME, AND LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE.

LIVING, MAKING A LIVING, OBTAINING BACIC NEEDS SHOULDN'T BE THIS HARD.

WHY ARE TAXPAYERS WORKING THEIR BUTTS OFF, SO THE GOVERNMENT CAN PAY SOME LUCKY UNAMERICAN GUY $800.00 TO FLY HIS CHOPPER TO KILL AS MANY WOLVES AS HE CAN IN AN HOUR, THAT ARE MINDING THERE OWN BUSINESS "IN REMOTE AREAS"?

Why is the BLM people threatening concerned AMERICAN CITIZENS standing on PUBLIC ROADS, with arrest, for trying to film BLM abuses, and wild horse burial grounds?

Those citizens are not doing anything ILLEGAL to be arrested for.

America can have so much potential, but are so oppressed, they don't dare to dream.

A 4 year old was told she can't gard

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