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WELCOME!  The Window is Open.

Welcome to Healthcare.  How's that feel?  Better?

Need a good story...okay, I'll make it personal.

My wife, age 55, had breast cancer 6 years ago. Thankfully, we had insurance coverage through my employer. Two years later I was laid off. I have been self-employed since. Due to her pre-existing condition, my wife is uninsurable. Denied period. Denied her healthcare. Denied her right as a human being. Marked as unfit.

Well we and our kids now have healthcare at $4.00/month Silver 94 Plan. Through tears of joy and relief, she said, "Finally, I can move forward to live my life. I know I have healthcare. I am not afraid anymore."

Feeling Better, yet?  And there are thousands more stories just like this taking place everyday. Personal. Life Changing. Joyful. Healthy & Secure.  

The Overton Window is wide open, smell the fresh air!

Think back three months. Not one of these stories could be told. Not one!

Pre-existing condition = denied
Unemployed = denied
Work Part-time = denied
Work three part-time jobs = denied
Self-employed = denied
Get Sick = denied/cancelled
Poor = denied
Switch Jobs = denied

Millions of people denied/cancelled/priced out/excluded/bankrupt/dead.  

Only three months ago - Healthcare was a circumstance of privilege.  

Today, Healthcare is becoming a human right.

Pre-existing condition = Welcome
Unemployed = Welcome
Work Part-time = Welcome
Work three part-time jobs = Welcome
Self-employed = Welcome
Get Sick = Welcome/Can't be cancelled
Poor = Welcome
Switch Jobs = Welcome

Today, millions of Americans have access to healthcare. Many for the first time. Not as a privilege, but as a human right.

The Old Overton Window - healthcare is a privilege - is being broken. Shattered.

The New Overton Window - that healthcare is a human right - is being built.  

Each life changing personal story will move it. Each family with a loved one who receives care will talk about it. Each State with Obamacare well implemented will cover thousands more and move it. Even the press will slowly write about it. And maybe, just maybe, each voter will see the wisdom of voting to keep, expand and improve it.

I know the sample size is still small and the poll results are too early to declare the ACA a winner. Many of the changes will take years to play out.  

But, I know what I see and hear happening around me. The change in daily conversations at the water cooler. People are talking about healthcare. Not about death panels, but about getting it. About getting coverage, not facing bankruptcy. About changing jobs with good care. About family coverage not breaking the budget. About coverage for the first time. Even the negative emails from my Repug, Faux-loving relatives are about getting healthcare.

Our collective societial consciousness is moving toward healthcare for all. The View has changed, The Window has moved.


Obama enjoys the view, too!

PS. I know many of our brothers and sisters are being left out; living in Red States denying Medicaid expansion, new immigrants still waiting for reform, insurance companies still gaming the system for profits and squeezing access to care. There are many wrongs, still to be righted.

Fight on!

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  •  Good perspective... (5+ / 0-)

    Thanks

    'Cuz freedom can't protect itself ~~ EFF ~ EPIC ~ ACLU

    by markthshark on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 03:09:54 PM PST

  •  I sure hope those miserable prick "governors" (11+ / 0-)

    ..who turned down expanded medicaid funds feel the heat from the people denied access with the stroke of a tea-baggy pen.

  •  Keep that window moving (6+ / 0-)

    until it gets to universal health care.

  •  Yep, the ACA or Obamacare (5+ / 0-)

    or whatever the heck you choose to call it is a game changer in requiring basic health provider standards and rights.

    But , as the diarist stated, there is plenty left to do and many families are still being left out.  So we MUST fight on and on and on until ALL Americans are covered.

  •  I'm still stuck at, how can we ... (1+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM

    ...the USA, wealthiest nation on earth, most powerful and if you believe what the right-wing, religious right spews what they believe, we are also the most caring. Except where fellow citizens are concerned.(rant) Stuck at...how can we be all the aforementioned but not be willing to insure that each of us has effective and "affordable" healthcare.  Except for the grace of (god/life) there go I,  should be included in the preamble to the ACA law.

    Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

    by kalihikane on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 03:46:47 PM PST

  •  Poor = Welcome (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, MRA NY

    Not so much.

    •  At least not in Florida. (2+ / 0-)
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      wilderness voice, Nance

      And the states that didn't expand medicaid.

      As of January 1st I will be the only one in my household without health insurance. My other half just signed up tonight... $15.13 a month with a $500 deductible. Caedy signed up last week.. $32 and change a month with a $500 deductible. The kids both still have medicaid.

      The only income I have coming in, so far as the Federal government is concerned is child support, which they don't count. The state counts everyone in the household's income against me. If the State figured out medicaid like the Federal government does, I'd qualify.

      I think that's one way to fix at least part of the medicaid hole created by Republicans in some of our states. If the mandated expansion was decreed unconstitutional, what about federal regulation on qualifications? After all, there is a lot of Federal money going to it. That could get those of us below 100% of poverty level to be able to qualify.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 04:24:47 PM PST

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      •  I don't see anything about child support (0+ / 0-)

        on this chart, although it says that alimony received is considered income. http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/...

        The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

        by ybruti on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 05:32:22 PM PST

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        •  Trust me, Florida counts Child support. (1+ / 0-)
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          ybruti

          And if you aren't getting child support, and you don't cooperate to get it, you get sanctioned. I never had a problem with getting it though, even before I was I was fighting for it.

          As for on healthcare.gov, they specifically said in the application process NOT to count child support.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 06:40:15 PM PST

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      •  FloridaSNMom, this so pisses me off! I just do (2+ / 0-)
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        ParkingMeter, FloridaSNMOM

        not understand how a purported safety net (medicaid) can have such widely variable & draconian rules across states.

        My spouse experienced similar in GA about 18 years ago.  Had 1st & only child born with disabilities, spouse diagnosed with cancer (& died), lost job due to place of employment burning to the ground & owner choosing not to rebuild.  

        ALL of this occurred in one year.  Yet once employer insurance ended, was denied medicaid due to assets & PREVIOUS income.

        Consider what the impact was due to multiple hospitalizations/specialists for spouse & baby & no health insurance or income.

        The only saving grace was discovering that GA had opted into the Katie Beckett Deeming Waiver which provided healthcare coverage for child with medical/disability issues regardless of parental income.  That was discovered two years in-after repeatedly being denied coverage on the market due to Pre-X conditions.

        I can personally bear witness to what can happen when unexpected medical bills hit-with or without insurance. With or without an income.

        It has taken us well over a decade to claw ourselves out of complete financial ruin-all a result of a series of unfortunate events.  

        And at a great cost.  "Bootstraps", my ass.  Even with dealing with what was on our plates, we had the luxury of having assets or skill sets to do that clawing out of ruin.  Many do not.  Hell, we wouldn't be able to do it today.

        In a morally just society, no one would lack needed medications or healthcare or be made ruined by healthcare costs.

        My hope is that the ACA is the path to a morally just society.

        •  Amen and thanks for sharing... (2+ / 0-)
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          FloridaSNMOM, worldlotus

          No one should suffer denial of care and face bankruptcy to find care for their family. I know to well how it feels.

          As long as insurance companies are involved, morally just is going to be a stretch. The ACA guarantees the insurance companies their place in the middle and their profits.

          However, the ACA does support a state path to single payer in 2017. VT is the first of hopefully many States to adopt this morally just path for all its citizens.  

      •  And your other half (1+ / 0-)
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        FloridaSNMOM

        and you do not file taxes jointly, I'm assuming. And yet food stamps and Medicaid ask for info on whoever is living in the household. Hmmm. . .

        •  We're not married. (0+ / 0-)

          so no we don't file taxes jointly. And I told him not to claim the kids, he can't get EIC because he doesn't earn income and claiming our daughter would put him below the poverty line and then he wouldn't qualify for a subsidy either. Better if I claim her because I'm not going to qualify with or without.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 05:43:32 AM PST

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    •  yes, I was going to say that, the poor and/or (0+ / 0-)

      unemployed (unless they get significant unemployment benefits, perhaps).

      I was in the 'Medicaid gap' here in PA until I landed a job last month.  As such a strong supporter of the ACA, though of course I had wanted more, it was bittersweet to watch it roll out and others finally get affordable insurance.

      Not the hardest thing to take, cuz of course, this group is used to living life without insurance - but seeing as it makes no sense, the injustice does dig.  

      The only bright side comes at the end of these expectations:  I expect such an uproar as more and more realize what they or their family members/neighbors/co-workers are losing out on, then I expect expansion to occur everywhere, then I expect the stupid ass Republicans responsible for not signing on right away all to get booted out of office!

      "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

      by MRA NY on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 09:20:53 PM PST

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      •  Being used to something (0+ / 0-)

        doesn't make it less difficult to live with.

        •  well, for me it did - just lowered expectations. (0+ / 0-)

          Besides my deteriorating teeth and an expensive dislocated finger last year, I haven't had serious medical issues.  I am sure for anyone with medical problems, it is a life destroying position to be in.  for all of us that have been fortunate not to be in that position, life just goes on as before.

          "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

          by MRA NY on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 05:31:06 PM PST

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