Obamacare is working just as it should: People are getting covered

I should know. I’m one of the many Americans enrolling with increasing speed and success.

When I opened my mail on Monday, what did I find? A shiny new insurance card from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan — for my coverage purchased at Healthcare.gov. It kicks in on January 1, 2014, exactly the way it’s supposed to.

The video below captures how I felt at that moment. Except I was shouting “The new insurance card is here! The new insurance card is here!” (Also, I’m not a jerk.)

But I definitely did the happy-jumping-around thing.

Why? Because I’m covered — and, as I wrote here when I first enrolled, I’ll save as much as $10,000 a year on coverage that’s almost exactly the same as what I have now.

Equally important, it’s proof that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is working exactly the way it should. I enrolled, I got a new insurance card, and the bill is in the mail this week, giving me ample time to pay by December 23 — the deadline to pay for coverage that begins January 1, 2014. If the bill doesn’t get here soon enough, all I have to do is call the number on the back of my new member ID card to pay by phone. Easy.

Sure, I’ve called Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) a couple of times with questions, and to verify that everything was moving along. When you live with a chronic condition like I do with type 2 diabetes, you don’t want any gap in coverage.

But I give BCBSM big kudos. They’ve been well-informed and helpful. My calls have been brief and successful. And compared to my experiences with them regarding my outgoing small-group coverage, the customer service has been 100 percent better.

That’s why they call it healthcare reform.

BCBSM gets it. The hundreds of thousands of people who are already enrolled in private coverage through the Healthcare.gov marketplace get it.

You can get it, too. You can sign up for coverage through March 15, 2014, to avoid any penalty for not having insurance. Even if you already have individual insurance, check out what’s available on the marketplace. You may just get a better deal. Then you can do a happy dance, too.

[Photo by Amy Lynn Smith.]

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  • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

    Definitely not a jerk ; ) And congratulations!

  • shawnthesheep

    Thanks for sharing your success story, and I applaud anyone who can work in a reference to The Jerk. Republicans often remind me of another scene from The Jerk. “I don’t need government. I don’t need anything. All I need is Social Security. And that’s it. And Medicare…And the military…And freeways…And roads…And clean water…”

    • Amy Lynn Smith

      You might have just inspired a future post. Any excuse for a Steve Martin/The Jerk reference… ; )

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Top comment!

  • Matt Tack

    Fuck that liar. Had to get a lesser policy and have to pay 30-40% more with deductibles doubling and I don’t have any medical problems. Once again fuck you Amy there are better and cheaper ways to get you your precious insulin and didn’t your mom teach you not to lie. Show me the proof honey.

  • Whitney Z

    One of the biggest impacts for the insurance regulation changes is the removal of the marketplace barrier to entry for independent contractors and small businesses. It is great to hear these stories and I hope more of the 1 Million+ speak up as they find new insurance plans and coverage! We will be a healthier nation because of this change.

    • Amy Lynn Smith

      Well said, Whitney. Thank you!

  • Paul Sel

    This article obviously origionated in Liberal LaLa Land! I double checked because I thought I was reading an Onion piece! OB☭M☭C☭RE ● which NOW has DEATH SPIRAL WRITTEN ALL OVER IT! Harry can focus on the REAL PROBLEM! OB☭M☭C☭RE ● to Hill☭ryC☭re conversion. Hillary is ertainly hoping for more relief, understanding, & sign ups. Perhaps if Barry can just give another shuck & jive speech & we would finally understand and feel better about the problems? Maybe the PR Campaign Zeke Emanuel (who actually interviewed without his top teeth) was chatting up on Chris Wallace’s Sunday show will convince the soft headed ba$tards that voted for Barry & Company again, to now open up their wallets and buy something they don’t need for a higher price than they could get before, just so Brother Barry’s legacy doesn’t look bad. Remember Democrats you own OB☭M☭C☭RE ● (enjoy) Hillary was also quoted as saying, “You had better get this sh!t fixed before I have to run in 2016!”

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