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"Mom" is an LPN who holds multiple part-time jobs, from caregiver to janitorial.

I mentioned to "Mom" that I had something in common with President Obama, and first showed her my "White House Christmas" card with "First Dog" Bo cavorting in the snow.

SNARKY COMMENT from MOM, "Aren't you special?"

Even so, I showed her the picture of my own Schnazuer taken the day before on Santa's lap, before answering her snark with, "I'm sure millions who donated to his campaign received the same card."

"You donated to Obama?  What on earth for?  I can't stand that man, and would never vote for him."

"I voted for Obama because his healthcare reform enabled me to get my son covered, and even though he's very healthy, you know he had a childhood diagnosis which made him an automatic denial.  Twice."


"And I know you're counting on Social Security, which the Republicans want to kill or put in the stock market.  I'm counting on it, too.  With Medicare."


Then she asked, "So what's the deal with what that Obama law does?"

"The deal," I said, "is that low income Americans will receive subsidized health insurance.  Everyone's eligible, no denials, no lifetime maximums.  Of course, we live in OkieHoma where our stupid Republican Governor and Legislature has decided to leave 675,000 people uninsured when they could cover many if not most for free with Federal Medicaid subsidies."


"My daughter's just had her second abnormal pap smear.  (Daughter's In her late twenties)."

"Seems too early to me for her to be in real danger?"

"Should be, but cancer runs through my family like water."

"Does she have health insurance?"

"Can't afford it.  Only had the pap smears because she was being evaluated as a kidney donor for a very close friend."

"That's scary," said I, thinking the conversation was about to wrap up.

But it wasn't.

"Mom" then continued, "And my son just lost his job.  He's trying to pay the $800 a month COBRA until he or his wife can get a job, and he needs shoulder surgery."

Back to the daughter, briefly.

"She probably can't get health insurance because of those pap smears, can she?"

"Probably not, that is under the old law, but a big Obamacare reform is that she she can't be denied because of a pre-existing condition.

Maybe "Mom" will never leave behind the anti-Obama anti-Democrat Redneck hostility she first snarked, but at least she's thinking . . .

The header image is of Adenocarcinoma from a pap smear test.

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  •  I have a mini schnauzer. (3+ / 0-)
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    CherryTheTart, glorificus, MaikeH

    One of the greatest dogs I have ever had the pleasure to call a friend.

    Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

    by psilocynic on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:38:30 PM PST

  •  Free PAP tests are available (8+ / 0-)

    for uninsured women through the Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program, a program funded by your federal tax dollars.

    Here's some information from the CDC web site about how to enroll in the program


    If a woman is diagnosed through this program, she'll receive Medicaid coverage for the duration of her treatment and follow up care.

    This program has been around since the 1990's-early 2000.  Don't wait, get your test done!

    Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

    by Betty Pinson on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:51:55 PM PST

  •  What's sad is... (6+ / 0-)

    In a few more years, Red America will get it through their collective head that Obamacare isn't going to bankrupt the country, instigate a socialist government, force their boss out of business or lead to Death Panels, and that it IS going to mean better and more affordable health care for them.

    Oh, that part isn't sad. What IS sad, though, is that they will start screaming at us to keep our government hands off their Obamacare, and they'll keep right on voting for the folks who tried to stop the ACA and will now be looking for ways to destroy it by another name the way they now do with Medicare and Social Security.

    Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

    by RamblinDave on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:59:02 PM PST

  •  Word of mouth and experience with the beauty of (1+ / 0-)
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    Obamacare will change the opinion of so many.
    I did the same thing with my (former) red friends who railed against Obamacare- I had preexisting and my son was twenty- "See how it helps people YOU know?"

    Wake the Fk up!  

    Occupy- Your Mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy. -8.75, -6.21<> Bring the Troops Home Yesterday

    by Thousandwatts on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 11:47:15 PM PST

  •  Obamare Saved Consumers $1.5 BILLION In 2011..... (1+ / 0-)
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    Shaking the Tree

    That's because insurance companies who did not spend 80% of the premiums they collected on consumer's health care.....had to reimburse those consumers.  People got refund checks from their insurers.  And those same insurers reduced their overhead costs by $350 MILLION.  That helps us, & is called the MLR or medical loss ratio.

    By 2014 when fully implemented, this country will be glad to have Obamacare.  Very glad.  

  •  Good diary, but (0+ / 0-)

    I was a little confused. Is this your mom? And I had a hard time following who was saying what in the dialogue.

    Is it your daughter or hers that had the abnormal pap smear?

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    by JamieG from Md on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:11:56 AM PST

    •  The UnConfusion (1+ / 0-)
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      Sorry about that.  I thought the standard format, with all the I said, She said, was getting tedious, so I took some novelistic license.

      Not my own Mom.  "Mom's" a friend of the family I've known for years.

      Tried to clear your questions up in the body.

      Daughter is "Mom's" Daughter.  

      "Mom" has had a touch and go financial life all the time I've known her.

      My own is pretty secure, but no amount of money couod money buy my own son private health insurance before ObamaCare reforms.  I was about to sign him up for the horrible and terribly expensive plans OkieHoma offered people with pre-existing denials when those plans were withdrawn because ObamaCare passed.

      Don't know what's going to happen here (and elsewhere) since our State authorities are doing everything possible to keep Oklahomans uninsured.

      •  It was a very interesting diary (0+ / 0-)

        I wonder if there might be some kind of class action lawsuit for people like your son who are being denied their rights to obtain affordable health insurance.

        The other thing I think the federal government should consider is to allow people from states which aren't going to allow them to get health insurance to obtain it from neighboring states.

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        by JamieG from Md on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 03:52:00 PM PST

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        •  Class Action? (1+ / 0-)
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          Our Repug Supreme Court has eviscerated much of the usefulness of class actions.

          That aside, (being a lawyer) I doubt the law as I understand it would provide that.

          My own son is covered, thanks to Obamacare.  It isn't cheap, but we obtained excellent coverage through his mother's corporate plan.

          There should be a federally established health care exchange even in states that won't create them, but let's remember those are just plans (meeting minimum standards, I think) being sold by insurance companies.

          One of the huge problems with everything the Cantor Crowd suggeseted instead of Obamacare is they kept saying, "Leave it to the states."  That meant then and would mean now a race to the bottom as states fought to be the lowest cost (and therefore lowest quality).  The other problem, of course, is that state insurance commissioners have to approve plans offered, which means it is very difficult to offer plans across state lines.

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