Category: Obamacare

‘Please don’t let my daughter die,’ mother who fears Obamacare repeal implores

‘Please don’t let my daughter die,’ mother who fears Obamacare repeal implores

Having access to health insurance has saved this young woman’s life. Her mother doesn’t know how she will survive without it. When I saw the subject line on the email, my heart dropped to the floor: “Please don’t let my daughter die.” Jean had seen my call for stories about the difference the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, has […]

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Episode 13 – As if you weren’t freaked enough, imagine the amped up surveillance state under Trump wsg Marcy Wheeler

Episode 13 – As if you weren’t freaked enough, imagine the amped up surveillance state under Trump wsg Marcy Wheeler

The show notes for Episode 13 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/01/episode-13-as-if-you-werent-freaked-enough-imagine-the-amped-up-surveillance-state-under-trump-wsg-marcy-wheeler.html STATISTIC via ACA Signups: 900,000 – the number of Michiganders that will be uninsured by repeal in a state Trump won by 10,700. LOLGOP on Eclectablog: If the GOP guts Obamacare funding with tax breaks for the rich, it’s dead. New York Times: Trump Weighs Letting Veterans Opt Out of V.A. […]

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‘We would have been screwed without Obamacare’ says father of son with rare tumor

‘We would have been screwed without Obamacare’ says father of son with rare tumor

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, John’s 22-year-old son remained covered under his insurance, just when they needed it most. It wasn’t your typical nosebleed. When John came home from his job as a union tradesman one day in August, his son had a “gusher” of a nosebleed, he says. John immediately saw his son needed to be in the […]

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With Obamacare, this man can make a mid-life career change without sacrificing financial security

With Obamacare, this man can make a mid-life career change without sacrificing financial security

If he didn’t have health insurance, Jason isn’t sure how he would have paid for gallbladder surgery. Changing careers is never easy, but Jason Cole knew it was the right decision for him. He left his job as a correctional officer to return to school to fulfill his dream of becoming a high school history teacher, because he wanted to […]

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GOP Rep. Huizenga: It’s being “responsible” for your own healthcare to let 10-year old son suffer with a broken arm

GOP Rep. Huizenga: It’s being “responsible” for your own healthcare to let 10-year old son suffer with a broken arm

“There’s definitely going to be changes in the health care delivery system. We can’t just continue to squeeze providers to say this is how we are going to save money. It’s forcing health care providers … into some very different actions that in most people’s opinion is unhealthy … At some point or another we have to be responsible or […]

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After a biking accident, this man got the dental work he needed thanks to Obamacare

After a biking accident, this man got the dental work he needed thanks to Obamacare

Without insurance, Mark would have put off the care he needed to save his tooth. Sometimes, it’s the little things. Mark admits he’s not one of the people whose lives have been saved by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. But having insurance did save his tooth. The 26-year-old, who lives in Portland, Oregon, is a bike commuter because […]

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Obamacare’s protections ensure this woman’s mobility and quality of life

Obamacare’s protections ensure this woman’s mobility and quality of life

If insurance companies are allowed to deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions as they did in the past, her story could be very different. Sarah was born with a pre-existing condition: a club foot. One of her feet was facing the wrong direction, a birth defect that required two surgeries by the time she was two years old. Surgeons […]

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Obamacare gives this woman the freedom to spend more time caring for her aging parents

Obamacare gives this woman the freedom to spend more time caring for her aging parents

Being able to semi-retire and move closer to her parents means being true to the family values that are important to her. When Laura’s parents began struggling with health issues in their 80s, she knew she didn’t want to wait for a “trigger event” — when one of them became seriously ill — to begin spending more time with them. […]

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The father of a boy with epilepsy on the dangers of repealing Obamacare

The father of a boy with epilepsy on the dangers of repealing Obamacare

He sees not only the risk to his young son’s health, but to the economy and the country at large. When a healthy child starts having uncontrollable seizures out of the blue, it’s terrifying. So is the prospect of having to cope with a serious medical condition without health insurance. For Pete and his family, his six-year-old son’s diagnosis of […]

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“It’s the American way to be an entrepreneur” and Obamacare makes it possible

“It’s the American way to be an entrepreneur” and Obamacare makes it possible

For these two women, access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act gives them the freedom to pursue their career goals. Phoebe Agena had a dream: to become a massage therapist. She graduated from massage school in 2009, but wasn’t able to find a job with benefits. So she began working part-time as a massage therapist while pulling enough […]

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Young adults want health insurance too, says 25-year-old Obamacare supporter

Young adults want health insurance too, says 25-year-old Obamacare supporter

He and his friends care about protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and their health. Alex King knows that without the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, he wouldn’t have any health insurance. Because he just turned 25, he can stay on his parents’ insurance plan until he turns 26, one of the provisions of the ACA. After his […]

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