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Take a moment to celebrate and then let’s finish the job once and for all

Last week was an incredible week for all Americans, but most especially for progressives and activists and advocates for equality and equity. We need to take time to celebrate these crucial and impactful Supreme Court decisions, all three of them.

King v. Burwell affirmed what most common sense non-elected Republicans have known from the beginning of the Affordable Care Act. Among them, that without subsidies millions of Americans would not have health care today. Semantics did not get in the way of this majority decision and I was clearly thrilled for the many who would have found themselves lost and on another horrific path to ill-care and a destruction of progress and what should clearly be a right in this country: Health Care.…

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Millions breathe a sigh of relief after Obamacare Supreme Court win

The jubilation of one couple echoes that of more than six million Americans.

When Dawn Erina got the news alert on her phone saying that the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), she was in the car with her husband, Leonard.

“I just started screaming ‘Oh my God! Oh my God!'” she says, practically giddy with joy. “It’s so, so cool.”

Dawn and Leonard were among the more than six million people who were at risk of losing the tax subsidies that help them pay for health insurance. Without those subsidies, Leonard — who is retired — and Dawn, who works part-time, simply would not have been able to afford coverage.…

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Obamacare’s Supreme Court victory makes the law’s opponents look more cynical than ever

Congressman Dan Kildee speaks out against Michigan AG Bill Schuette for turning people into political pawns.

The King v. Burwell case disputing the legitimacy of tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) wasn’t the first attack on the law and it probably won’t be the last. But with every victory for Obamacare, an increasingly bright light is being cast on the craven, cynical actions of the law’s opponents.

U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-5) always tells it like it is, and he’s been vocal about Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s decision last year to join the crusade against the ACA in a federal lawsuit to eliminate the law’s subsidies.…

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare tax subsidies, a life-saving decision

As we celebrate a huge victory for the ACA, let’s remember who benefits most: healthcare consumers and patients.

I admit, my heart was in my throat waiting for the ruling in King v. Burwell, the latest and perhaps most significant challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare. At risk were the tax subsidies for more than six million Americans who don’t make enough money to afford health insurance otherwise.

But there was even more at risk. Had the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the tax subsidies, insurance rates would have skyrocketed for everyone. That’s because people who could no longer afford insurance would have dropped out of the market, and the fewer people there are in the insurance pool the more it costs everyone.…

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Obamacare gives LGBT people more reasons to celebrate at Motor City Pride

While gathering for Michigan’s biggest celebration of LBGT pride, give three cheers (or even five) for improved care access thanks to the ACA.

This weekend, people from across Michigan will head to Detroit’s Hart Plaza for Motor City Pride to celebrate the many contributions and achievements of the LGBT community. One key advancement to recognize is improved access to healthcare under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Although LGBT Americans often face obstacles when seeking healthcare — and there is a lot more work to do in that regard — the ACA includes specific benefits and protections for the LGBT community. These benefits have helped expand access to quality, affordable health coverage.…

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Obama administration stands up to health insurers on birth control coverage and more

Efforts will ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act and help reduce out-of-pocket costs.

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GOP State Sen. Colbeck revises Detroit News anti-Obamacare op-ed after getting busted for lying

A couple of weeks ago, Eclectablog team member Charles Gaba – publisher of the internationally-recognized ACASignUps.netbusted Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck for spewing lies about the Affordable Care Act. Charles found no less than seven clear factual errors in Colbeck’s op-ed in The Detroit News.

Here are a few of the more egregious items:

  • He claimed that the ACA is costing $1.35 trillion per year. It’s actually priced at less than 1/10th that price ($120 billion per year).
  • He claimed that the ACA is “still leaving 36 million people” without insurance, while failing to acknowledge that 4 million of those are stuck in the Medicaid Gap created by Republican-run states, while another 6.3 million are undocumented immigrants who aren’t legally eligible for coverage under the law.
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Another good week for Obamacare, especially in Michigan

The numbers reflect the growing popularity of the ACA and the success of outreach efforts.

Due in large part to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, America’s uninsured rate has dropped to 11.9 percent, the lowest level since Gallup and Healthways began tracking it in 2008. More Americans under age 65 now have self-funded insurance – in fact, nearly 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance.

There’s no question that one-on-one assistance has helped educate consumers about their healthcare insurance options and enrollment in coverage. That’s the whole idea behind the Get Covered America campaign from Enroll America, which was created to inform millions of eligible consumers about their new health insurance options.…

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Fined for not having health insurance in 2014? You can still sign up for 2015 coverage

Special enrollment period through April 30 is available for people who learned of penalties on their 2014 tax return.

It shouldn’t have been news to anyone that if you don’t have health insurance, you’ll have to pay a penalty unless your income is so low you can’t afford coverage. But since 2014 was the first year the Affordable Care Act (ACA) penalty for not having insurance kicked in, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is giving people a break.

A special enrollment period for 2015 is underway now through April 30 and is specifically for people who were unaware of how the fine for not having coverage affected them.…

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Obamacare means never having to worry about health insurance, even if you change jobs

Instead of being tied to a job for the insurance benefits, Americans have the freedom to pursue their dreams.

Ever since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10, Shawn Dhanak says he worried about what he was going to do when he was no longer covered by his parents’ insurance. He remembers his grandmother telling him, “You can’t go without insurance.” He knows his father stayed with the same job so he wouldn’t lose the health insurance his family needed.

Now 28 years old, Shawn doesn’t have to think twice about any of that thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare.…

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