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What’s so bad about Obamacare?
October 23, 2013 - John Stack
With the final rollout of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), I am receiving a lot of negative feedback from people. I would have to say that nearly all of the falls negativity into one of two categories. Thise that have no idea about what Obamacare is, or those that just hate Obama so much, they would disagree with him if he told them that water is wet.
So, what is Obamacare? Unbelievably to some, it is more than the individual mandate. It has to do with health care exchanges, covering pre-existing conditions, cobvering your children longer, making certain costly procedures now part of basic insurance. Obamacare has been law of the land for 3 years now, it’s just that the most contentious part of the plan is being implemented right now. If all people argued with me about was the individual mandate, I could understand it. But, that is rarely the case.
Senator James Inhofe (ignorant and/or lying) Republican Senator is a huge problem with what is said against Obamacare. Recently, Sen. Inhofe had to undergo emergency surgery for a quadruple heart bypass. He claims he would have died had the US had Obamacare. He claimed that he wouldn’t be able to get emergency surgery because of the Socialization of health care. Ironically, he’s completely wrong, for more reasons than he knows. He has no idea that his insurance won’t change, therefore his healthcare wouldn’t change. Also, it’s not socialized medicine. The only “socialist” portion is the individual mandate. You still buy your insurance from a private company. Medicare and Medicaid, now they are completely socialist healthcare. There are lifetime caps and limits on many procedures in our socialized medicine world of medicare and Medicaid. My mother who is 70 had some serious health issues this year, and was literally almost thrown out of the hospital because she had used up her “days” in the one hospital she was in (she was in ICU) and the hospital wasn’t getting paid, while we tried to find another lower level hospital to put her in. But, the insurance people “have” to buy now, actually is as good, or better than it was before. Obamacare doesn’t take away procedures; it actually forces insurance companies to cover more procedures. Had Senator Inhofe been on Medicare, rather than his Senate insurance, THEN he may have had trouble getting emergency care. (Ironic, eh Mr Inhofe?).
The second part is one not so recognizable. Mr. Inhofe was in for a routine colonoscopy. Hmmm. A routine colonoscopy that was covered by his insurance? A good friend of mine, who I truly have no idea of his political leanings, said he is a big fan of Obamacare. He’s 54, and he and his wife were literally saving up over $1,000 a piece in order to have “routine” colonoscopies this year, because their insurance didn’t cover it. Now, with Obamacare, his insurance has to cover colonoscopies, so it was going to only cost him a co-pay. Why is this important? Sen Inhofe was getting a colonoscopy when they found out he had significant clogging of the arteries and ordered him to have immediate bypass surgery. How many tens of thousands of people skip having a colonoscopy because it is cost prohibitive? Had this been someone on a health plan that was cheap because it DIDN’T cover routine procedures like this, THEY WOULD BE DEAD in Mr Inhofe’s shoes without Obamacare.
Senator Inhofe is ironically a poster child for what is right with Obamacare. Unfortunately, he believes water is not wet because President Obama said so, so of course Obamacare must be bad, regardless what any facts, including his own life, have shown.
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