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10 Reasons to Love Obamacare

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6. Free well-woman doctor visits

Women, going in for your regular check-up with the gynecologist — Pap smear, mammogram and all that stuff? It’s still no fun, but at least now it’s free.

Since men don’t have to get these kinds of check-ups, charging for them is one of the many reasons being female is more expensive. Obamacare to the rescue.

(If your insurance company gives you any hassles about this, call the National Women’s Law Center hotline at 1-866-PILL4US.)

7. Free birth control

No more co-payment or other out-of-pocket costs for some methods of birth control. Free options will be available in every one of the five categories of birth control: “barrier methods, hormonal methods, implanted devices, emergency contraception and permanent methods.” (Again, if your insurance company gives you any hassles about this, call 1-866-PILL4US.)

This is great news for the more than half of young women who can’t always afford birth control. It’s also great news for taxpayers, who will save billions by not paying for unintended births.

8. You will probably save money

The average American will save money thanks to Obamacare.

9. The country will save money

Obamacare will reduce the national deficit by two hundred billion dollars in its first ten years.

10. The Medicare donut hole is closing

Seniors on Medicare are intimately familiar with the infamous donut hole, in which they may pay up to $4,550 out of pocket for prescription medication. If you’re too young to know what I’m talking about, no need to worry your pretty little head over it: Obamacare will seal up the hole by 2020 so you will never have to figure it out.

Obamacare isn’t perfect from a progressive perspective. It was designed by The Heritage Foundation, one of the most conservative thinktanks in the U.S., and it was based on their worship of a free-market economy (making it all the more surreal that Republicans are screaming themselves hoarse about how awful it is). It won’t make the United States a health care utopia, but it will make things much, much better for millions of people.

House Republicans want to turn Medicare into a voucher program while also giving billionaires a tax break at the same time. Sign this petition to ensure Medicare continues for all Americans.

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12:57AM PST on Dec 2, 2014

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5:12AM PST on Nov 15, 2014

The cheapest for me in VA is $623 a month with a $5,000 deductible, which I cannot afford. So much for being "affordable". I have a heart condition with an implanted defibrillator and right now, since my husband lost his job due to becoming disabled, I cannot even see my cardiologist. I was totally in favor of their being a nationwide healthcare plan, but since each state devises their own plan, it has been a total failure in numerous states, because they won't expand Medicaid to assist people like me. ---Someone who worked hard for over 35 years of my life and paid taxes, both federal and state can't get a penny of assistance from the very state I've paid into since my very first job when I was 17. --Yeah, there's a reason to love it, all right.

1:53PM PST on Nov 13, 2014

Article is from 2013. Obamacare Nov 15th rollout is coming soon. I looked at rates and I can't afford. It's like a new car payment every month, $300 plus a $6,000 deductable needs to be met. I guess I will pay the fines involved instead. After being unemployed for a long time I am trying to dig myself out of debt, this would just add to it.

6:39AM PDT on Oct 28, 2014

Thanks for the article and the comments.

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.

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