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My son met a girl in his first year in high school in Wichita, Kansas. They were both 14 and born 1 day apart in the same hospital. They fell in 'love'. At the time, her illness wasnt affecting her life. She had C/F. Eventually it did prevent her from some activities and got worse. Still he stayed with her. People say I wear my heart on my sleeve, but my son is my hero. I try to live up to what I say but he does it with ease it seems. So, they finished high school and started college at Wichita State University. Her illness had gotten so bad that she required a double lung transplant. She had been pulling her oxygen bottles with her for a couple of years, but still she worked a job and continued college. My son quit college so he could get a full time job and provide the apartment for them both. People dont 'get it' but you could NOT get insurance for C/F because it was a pre existing condition. And a double lung transplant costs 275,000 down payment to get on 'the list'. And to get your new lungs, someone else has to die. Most people dont have that kind of money laying around and despite the fact that her mother is/was a professor of nursing and her father was an engineer at Boeing, the costs of having 2 children with C/F is staggering. And so they had bake sales and pizza drives and they went door to door begging for Rachel. And they finally came up with the down payment and it took over 2 years but she got to the top of the list. Its a first come first served list. So you watch and wait, knowing that every move up means another person died. She got to the top after 1 year waiting and then another year waiting for a type match. And just before her surgery, she finished her college courses and was preparing for the graduation ceremonies. She got the transplant but sadly, it was too late and her system just wasnt that strong. They went thru, it seems, hundreds of different anti-rejection drugs. She got her diploma in communications but in 2006, the day before valentines day, she died.
I didnt have a sudden change of heart or an epiphany, I have always thought that as Americans we all deserve quality healthcare despite our wealth or standing. But now it IS personal. And when someone says something so ignorant against the ACA, I will ask what they know. And they will say it doesnt matter. Or not answer the questions.

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  •  I agree we need a better healthcare system. (1+ / 0-)
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    Mr Robert

    Sadly, Obamacare isn't it.

    Medicare-for-all would have solved the kind of tragic situation you describe.  Obamacare, a bizarre Rube Goldberg machine already failing on many fronts, was devised not to save people like your daughter-in-law but to maximize health and insurance industry profits.

    Obamacare will be the end of the Democratic party.

    •  I've been uninsured for 12 years (12+ / 0-)

      Next year I'll be able to sign up with one of 16 different insurers in San Diego County.

      I think I'm gonna go with Scripps. And the prices are reputed to be lower than anyone expected. Here in California some insurers have asked to lower their prices because their first bids were too high on the exchanges.

      I too wish we could have had Medicare for all. There were about six votes for it in the Senate when Obama started the heathcare fight. They were all Democrats. I think there may be more votes for it now, but nowhere near a majority, even of Democrats.

      I believe we'll get it eventually. We'll have to do it the way Canada did--state by state (or in Canada's case, province by province). Vermont has already started, and I have real hope for California.

      Now, you can wait the decades it will take to get a majority for single payer and watch many thousands more die. Or you can do the ACA, which actually passed.

      But you knew that.

      Enjoy the San Diego Zoo's panda cam! Now with new baby panda! And support Bat World Sanctuary

      by Fonsia on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 03:40:29 PM PDT

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    •  When Obamacare kicks in fully, my (8+ / 0-)

      $6000 annual insurance premium (that's $500/mo) will be reduced to between $600-900 ANNUALLY. That doesn't even count the reduction in deductibles and copays.

      If Obamacare is the end of the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party deserves it. If they haven't been able to articulate the benefits, then that's they're fault. Instead, they run from it because some mean ole Republican smears it.

      I'd like to start a new meme: "No means no" is a misnomer. It should be "Only 'Yes' means yes." Just because someone doesn't say "No" doesn't mean they've given consent. If she didn't say "Yes", there is no consent.

      by second gen on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 04:19:35 PM PDT

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    •  I'll take being able to GET some insurance (5+ / 0-)

      thanks.  Oh noes, it's not perfect just doesn't have a lot of meaning to me as a poor and sick person in America.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 04:42:40 PM PDT

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  •  Our system is partially up and running in CO (7+ / 0-)

    I went and checked how much the subsidy would be.

    Every single penny will be paid for. No copay. No deductible. I know it doesn't cover nursing homes, that's ok. If I get terminally ill I'll suicide so my wife and kids don't lose everything, but knowing that a hospital bill won't put my family on the street is a godsend.

    We just finished paying for my daughter's broken leg. She broke it when she was 3, she's 7 now, we had insurance.

    I could care less what the purists think. If you are poor, or working class, which is what most people are these days, Obamacare is great.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 04:09:50 PM PDT

  •  Its better than it was and pre existing; isnt (4+ / 0-)

    You cannot be refused for pre existing conditions. And the insurance companies must spend at least 80% of the premiums on the consumers, not executive pay. Now, lets spread that to all corporations.

    Thanks for all the responses.

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