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“Obamacare Changed My Life”

“Obamacare Changed My Life”

What could be more frightening than the knowledge that you have no health insurance? That any illness or injury could put you into crippling financial debt from which you may never recover, as well as limiting your treatment options, and very possibly affecting the permanent state of your health? Before Obamacare, this scary scenario was many Americans’ reality.

As one of the biggest issues of the upcoming presidential election, healthcare has been on a lot of people’s minds lately, even those who don’t depend on Obamacare for their health insurance. But for students about to graduate college, people with preexisting medical conditions and those whose jobs don’t offer benefits, the healthcare issue matters every day of the year, not just in the months leading up to an election.

Jen Rubino, a young woman with chronic medical issues, recently wrote a moving blog on the Huffington Post about how Obamacare would allow her to afford necessary surgeries once she was no longer covered by her father’s insurance plan. She writes, “As I grow into adulthood, I can focus on my health and my future rather than having to consume my energy with trying to get health insurance” (Huffington Post).

Rubino’s story is not an isolated example. I would guess that nearly everyone in America–even those supporting the repeal of Obamacare–has a friend or loved one who has benefited from Obamacare. I can’t even begin to describe the relief that I felt upon graduating from college knowing that I would be covered under my parents insurance for the next few years, giving me plenty of time to figure my life out and get a job with benefits.

How has Obamacare changed your life?

We’re on the cusp of an extremely important election, and everyone’s voices need to be heard. How has Obamacare changed your life? Did your child, friend, cousin, spouse or parent receive treatment that they would have been unable to afford otherwise? Do you sleep easier at night knowing that everyone you love, and everyone in America, is covered by some form of health insurance?

Please share your thoughts and stories in the comments below!

 

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2:37AM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

Thank you for the article...

8:41AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

thank you

6:31PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

My point is, if you set up two colums: "vote for" & "do not vote for," the color of one's skin should be in neither. If you use skin color as a reason, it is racist no matter how you justify it. A lot of people wanted to see the first black president- that didn't bother me, as it was more of a monumental ideal. Just like I would like to see a female candidate strong enough to maybe win. But it's really not a reason to vote for or against. If we don't see colors, we don't see colors. If we do, we do. Which do you prefer?

6:05PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

It's alright Robby,

I now know that you can't see it,

won't see it

and won't even get that you don't see it.

5:34PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Michael- voting for a person b/c he's black is the same as not voting for the other person b/c he is white. Just b/c you're trying to make up for some past injustice doesn't make it not racism. Attempting to prove you're not full of hatred & bigotry doesn't make something less racist. There are lots of white people who really don't think they're racist. They don't hate any minorities, but they'd just prefer a white person in the white house. Now, that may not be born of hatred, but it is racist.

And I could just as easily say to you:
That you could side with Obama leaves me absolutely astounded and shows just one more area in which I find your thinking distorted and flawed and more certain about your agenda, the hidden one.

I find it humerous... When people say theyre voting for Obama for specific reasons, I have no problem w/them & I don't argue. I state my opinion & move on. Seems that here, if someone says they're riding the fence, yet slightly leaning towards MR, people here go nuts over it. Prettty silly really.

9:47AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

I already had Medicare before the Affordable Care Act passed. I now get one routine office visit a year without having any particular complaint to justify the office visit. Used for screening at my providers discretion, this could be useful, I suppose. I need more sleep, but am in better than average shape for my age. I can't really complain about my health so far. So so far, the Affordable Care Act has not made much difference, since there hasn't been much health problem to make any difference about.

9:06AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

@Robby writes while I do not endorse MR, I am for him over BO. And it's CLOSE!!!

That you could side with Romney leaves me absolutely astounded and shows just one more area in which I find your thinking distorted and flawed and more certain about your agenda, the hidden one.


@Robby writes I'm just surprised that I've not seen you post one single negative thing about BO OR the democratic party. Not one. As if the reps are the ONLY prob.

I've been posting on Care2 since October of last year. So I guess you missed my numerous posts that acknowledge that neither side is perfect.

8:47AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Robby C This is just one of numerous examples I could have chosen to point out why I find your POV hard to accept and work with.

@Robby says And it's not all a case of racism from one side. Many people voted for him b/c he was black. They may not have said it was the only reason, but it was A reason. That's just as racist as not voting for him b/c he's black. Same racism, dif spin.


This is a prime example of one of the many reasons I disagree with you and find flaws in your abilities to apply critical thinking.

Your statement and premises.

Many people voted for him because he was black.

Variations

One reason for voting for him.
Not the only reason.
A reason.
An unknown number may not admit it.

Your conclusion
Voting for Barack Obama because he was black was as racist as voting against him was because he was black.
Same racism, different spin.

That you can’t see how flawed that is informs me that you aren’t really using critical thinking.

Voting for him because he is black isn’t born of a racism that is filled with hatred and bigotry that voting against him is.

You arrive at similarly flawed conclusions in most of what you post.

1:09AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Michael- I dont understand what you got out of my last post here to formulate your 3 responses, but... I'm telling you what happened at the restaurant I worked at. I've done restaurant work for almost 20yrs. I can't speak for it in your neck of the woods, but I can tell you about it here. The title of this article is "Obamacare changed my life" & the last line is "Please share your thoughts and stories...below!" I did. I shared my own personal stories. But I'm not the only one who's had it worse since Bocare was implemented. And I'm seeing a side that, obviously, many here do not, or have not.

I can see you're an intelligent person too. You just admitted that all news media has it's own slant. And much for the reason you state. BO has divided people too. And it's not all a case of racism from one side. Many people voted for him b/c he was black. They may not have said it was the only reason, but it was A reason. That's just as racist as not voting for him b/c he's black. Same racism, dif spin. But, I'm not saying you voted for either reason. I think you believe in BO. I HOPE you're right. I'd LOVE to look back 4yrs from now & say "Damn, Michael M knew what he was talking about." But my crystal ball doesn't go that far so, as I've said, while I do not endorse MR, I am for him over BO. And it's CLOSE!!! I'm just surprised that I've not seen you post one single negative thing about BO OR the democratic party. Not one. As if the reps are the ONLY prob. It's scary when

4:44PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

I am sorry but after reading the author's first paragraph I have to say she is wrong....I even asked someone if she felt that she was discriminated against because she had health care and she said yes. I know when I did not have health care I doubt I would have lived...they would have found some way to let me die of colon cancer if I did not have health insurance altho I had paid high option family to a pathetic health care provider all of the 1980's that has been sued numbers of times and has closed down many of its clinics....I ended up having colon cancer that could have been prevented by my health care providers of the 1980's..if they had informed me properly....even though I mentioned several times to my providers what my family history was.....never one word ....take my health care monthly high option payments, libel my name, and then try to hurt me when I got my records before they could change them so I had proof of bad practices in their company in the 1980's.

A word of advice to all.. this health care bit may not save your life.....nor mine.......and it has nothing to do with Obama's plan...it has to do with this country letting people die sooner or helping them die sooner if possible.....so that you wont run up their health care with hospital surgeries, etc...believe me...there may be a few, just a few left in the health insurance industry but I doubt enough to keep us living.......and if you all are smart, like I have been, get a copy of your family's medi

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