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Young woman with a heart condition can finally get the care she needs thanks to the ACA

A hospital denied her treatment after a stroke because she didn’t have insurance, but Obamacare changed all that.

When Jae Stewart was 14 years old, she collapsed in the gym while playing basketball. The doctors said she had a heart murmur and sent her on her way, but little did Jae know this was the beginning of a lifetime of heart trouble.

Jae had her first heart attack at age 21 and another after a serious car accident a few years later. She had her first stroke before she was 30.

She has congestive heart failure, but the doctors aren’t sure why or when it started.…

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Republican U.S. Senator sues to stop Obamacare because it’s hurting his political reputation (srsly)

It takes a lot to surprise me when it comes to Republicans these days but this story is leaving me with my head shaking. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin is suing to stop the Affordable Care Act because, according to him, it has hurt his political reputation and his political career.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Explaining this is a bit complicated but I’ll give it my best shot. Basically, when the ACA was drafted, a provision was put in that required members of Congress and their staff to leave the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) and sign up for healthcare under the Obamacare exchanges.…

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Man living with AIDS finds better insurance that does more and costs less, thanks to the ACA

His premiums are $500 less per month and there’s zero co-pay for the expensive medicine he needs to stay alive.

When your life depends on taking your medication on time, every single day, it’s not something you take chances with.

As a man living with AIDS, Dan Waszak was willing to pay as much as $1,480 a month for health insurance in the past, because it made his daily medication affordable. Without insurance, he’d pay $4,500 a month just for his medication, and that wouldn’t include any doctor’s visits or other care.

So when Dan got a letter from his insurance company in late 2013 telling him his plan was being cancelled because it wasn’t compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he was understandably panicked.…

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“The ACA is lifesaving for me,” says man being treated for a brain tumor

His medical bills would bankrupt him without insurance, which he might not have been able to buy before Obamacare.


Things were looking good for David Wenzel in 2009. He was in the midst of starting his own business, which meant no longer having to work for someone else.

But then he got the worse possible news: David was diagnosed with a brain tumor, a large one that had spread so it could not be removed surgically.

He’s needed multiple treatments since then, and has suffered seizures that sent him to the hospital. This all costs money, with a single brain scan carrying a $3,000 price tag.…

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Working America Health Care has got you covered — before, during and after enrollment

If you haven’t signed up for health insurance yet, this program is a great way to go.


The clock is ticking on 2015 open enrollment for health insurance. With the February 15th deadline approaching fast, the time to act is now if you’re not already covered. But getting health insurance is only the beginning. Then you have to put your benefits to good use.

Working America has got your back. The Working America Health Care program is designed to provide all the support you need before, during and after the process of buying insurance. Plus, when you enroll through the program, you’ll be eligible for a wide variety of additional benefits not available anywhere else — at no extra cost.…

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The Affordable Care Act gives Virginia woman the freedom to pursue her dream

This entrepreneur was able to start her own business thanks to Obamacare.

Lisa Kaneff has always considered herself a writer. In fact, that’s how she’s always introduced herself to people. But she wasn’t living that dream to the fullest, until the Affordable Care Act (ACA) made it possible.

Before the ACA, Lisa was working in public relations and marketing as a writer, but working for others wasn’t as satisfying as she would have liked. “I never felt fulfilled,” she says. “I was always a writer first but I didn’t know how to make a living out of it.”

After 12 years in marketing, Lisa says she woke up one day feeling “stuck” in a professional current, just floating along.…

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Having faced a medical bankruptcy, Republican has a change of heart about the ACA

Seeing other people’s success stories convinced her to look into getting covered — and she’s glad she did.

UPDATED. See below.


When health insurance became available through Healthcare.gov last year, Theresa had her doubts about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a fiercely independent small business owner — and a Republican — the only news she saw about Obamacare was negative.

Most of my friends were so anti-Obamacare, and based on my past experiences trying to buy insurance on my own I thought I couldn’t afford it. I thought Obamacare was like making a homeless man buy a house.

But then I started reading the stories about how much money people were saving and I decided to dig into it.

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New project launches to raise awareness about how well Healthcare Works

Let’s get the word out: Obamacare is working. And getting covered is only the beginning.


Regular readers of Eclectablog know that I’ve made it a personal mission to share as many Obamacare success stories as I can get my hands on, to educate Americans on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I’ve been urging others to do the same, so we can drown out the noise of negative talking points with the facts: Obamacare is working.

I’m taking it to the next level with a new project called Healthcare Works. The idea was sparked by a tweet from LOLGOP, suggesting that someone should make short videos of the ACA success stories I’ve been sharing.…

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Texas man no longer pays the price for his pre-existing condition, thanks to the ACA

After years of going without or paying steep premiums, he finally has insurance that covers the care he needs.

Tom admits he’s made some bad decisions in his life. But signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act is not one of them.

He contracted hepatitis C after using intravenous drugs for the first time at age 15 — something considered a rite of passage for anyone who wanted to be a Blues guitarist back in the 1960s, like Tom did. He quit using IV drugs years ago, but the damage to his liver was already done.

Tom is the father of four and works in real estate.…

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Without insurance since 1996, couple gets coverage and care thanks to the ACA

Before Obamacare, they couldn’t afford health insurance — which meant a chronic illness went undiagnosed for years.

Dolly and Chip Harris had a dream: They wanted to start their own restaurant. In 1996, they left their jobs, which meant losing the health insurance Chip got through work. They worked hard to make their new business a success, but luck wasn’t on their side.

After their restaurant closed, the South Haven, Mich., couple found other jobs — Chip cleaning houses and Dolly working as a waitress. They also play in a Pat Benatar tribute band, but still didn’t make enough to be able to afford health insurance.…

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