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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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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.

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!

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