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I often read stories about how ACA saved someone's life.  There was a good one on Kos today about a conservative who found that his heart condition would be covered thanks to ACA.

I guess my story isn't as dramatic... but it probably lines up with a lot more people.   I received back the results from my 'yearly checkup' which is now FREE under ACA.

So, what did I learn?

Well, I hadn't had a yearly physical in some time.  It wasn't that I didn't have insurance (I did) it wasn't that the price was high - on insurance my copay would have been $40 before - no, it was just that I couldn't justify spending the $40 when I largely felt 'OK'.

Damnit, though, age is catching up on me.   I still think of myself as a kid at mersh mersh near 40, but I recognize that I don't drop weight as easy and that I don't have the energy I did as a kid.

But the last year I've had a few issues I actually worried about.. a small lump here, I didn't sleep as well and I put on 15 pounds, damnit.

So, I was a bit worried and decided a checkup was a good idea.

Today, I received my results.. blood work and all. While my weight isn't great (I'm 5'9, 174) It's not horrible, and my bloodwork was generally positive.  (I had a 145 LDL Cholesterol score which isn't 'great' but isn't 'bad' either)  

Why do I write about this here on Kos today?   Because this is the kind of thing that more Americans will experience thanks to ADA.   A standard checkup that can relieve a lot of worry.

Getting off the phone with my GP to know that my health was generally good is a nice relief for the day.   Now, millions of Americans can get that same phone call and find out that things are "OK".  Without it costing them a penny.

And if there are problems?   They can find out without a big expense.

Originally posted to tmservo433 on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 11:43:10 AM PDT

  •  Your physical is not FREE (1+ / 0-)
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    hbk

    It is purchased through your insurance premiums.
    It is available without copay.

    These things are not the same as FREE.

    •  Free at point of use (3+ / 0-)
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      tmservo433, kd4dean, hbk

      Is the point, so that people won't put it off. That's the only way to get people to go, because no one likes being poked and prodded, as far as I have seen.



      Women create the entire labor force.
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      Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 03:42:08 PM PDT

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      •  There are political arguments (0+ / 0-)

        You know the arguments about how some people are "Takers" ... and "Free Loaders"...  

        It is an argument put forth by conservatives when they wish to slander the political center and political left.

        By claiming the physical is "free", you are supporting that argument. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is giving 'free health care' to those who will not be responsible for themselves.  By cheering for your no-co-pay annual physical as 'FREE' ... you are saying they conservatives are correct.

        This argument gets especially nasty with hormonal birth control for women.  It's not "FREE BIRTH CONTROL" so those heathen liberal woman can have their orgies ... it is pre-paid health care coverage for responsible women taking control of their lives and their sexual health.

    •  Yes, let's debate minutia.. (3+ / 0-)
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      i saw an old tree today, kd4dean, hbk

      Yes, it is not 'free'.  I pay premiums.

      Unlike any other office visit, you do not pay a co-pay.
      You can use it once a year.

      Compared to the prior world prior to ACA, this visit would still cost you a co-pay and that minor deterent is enough for many.

      The fact that you receive it at no cost at point of service does not make it free, as it's part of your plan, but let's say that it is in the eyes of a consumer gratis because it has never been co-pay less before.

      Is that a better clarification?

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 03:48:55 PM PDT

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      •  sometimes there's copays (2+ / 0-)
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        tmservo433, kd4dean

        on primary care, sometimes not, these are some Washington plans

        Primary Care Copay     Number Plans
                   $ 0                    11
                   $10                    7  
                   $15                   10  
                   $20                    4
                   $30                    3
                   $40                    2
                   $45                    1

  •  Now do something about the weight (2+ / 0-)
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    tmservo433, kd4dean

    I know how hard that can be, from my own personal struggles with it. But do something -- walk a bit more, eat a bit less, eat more green vegetables, a few changes at a time. They say losing even 5-10% of your weight (10-15 pounds) makes a huge difference in health.  

    •  I'm working on it! (2+ / 0-)
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      kd4dean, hbk

      Darnit.  My goal is always 154.  154 is my ideal target weight.  So, I'm 20 pounds over.   But luckily, like I said, my Doctor wasn't very concerned about it because my BMI score isn't actually that bad.

      'Overweight' just catches me.   If I drop 6 pounds, I hit the 'even' weight BMI.   But if I get to 154, that's the perfect.  

      I joined a gym this year.  We'll see how I can work it out ;)  So that's a goal.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 05:51:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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