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Even more Affordable Care Act success stories

Two more today in the LTE section of the News and Observer. At some point you have to wonder when politicians who keep saying they want to “dismantle Obamacare” start to pay a political price for taking away affordable health coverage!

I signed up for Obamacare recently. It took me 45 minutes. Being self-employed, I had personal insurance. I am healthy (thank God) and 46 years old.

My old plan was $376 a month with a $3,500 deductible, and I pay the first $5,000 of a hospital visit. Starting Jan. 1, I pay $268 a month with a $1,250 deductible, and I pay the first $1,000 of a hospital visit. Thanks, Obama!

TIFFANY BAIR GILLOOLY [Read more.]

And I’m thankful for people like Sherry Eason:

Even though my husband and I had our plan canceled and are having to pay more for health insurance, I am thankful for the ACA.

I attribute the rate increases to a lack of competition in the N.C. individual marketplace under a state government hostile to the ACA. I am thankful that neither of us will be turned down for insurance again as we were in 2011 for minor pre-existing conditions. Even though we will pay more, the ACA-compliant plan does have better coverage (not less as the Americans for Prosperity commercial claims).

I am thankful for the ACA knowing that if I do get a serious diagnosis, my plan will not be canceled. We can now get in front of potential problems.

I am also so grateful many of the 48 million who are now uninsured will have access to preventative health care and care when sick without going to the emergency room, bringing us closer to the reality of health care as a right. The U.S. is taking a huge step forward on Jan. 1, and I will be fighting to elect those who want to expand, not sabotage or repeal, the law.

SHERRY EASON

HUBERT  [Read more.]

 

5 Comments

  1. Kevin

    December 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Tiffany may want to understand her current coverage, and new policy for that matter, before writing in to the N&O. When you have a $3500 deductible you’re not responsible for the first $5000 of a hospital visit. And when her deductible drops to $1250 on January 1st she’ll be responsible for the full $1250 for a hospital visit, not $1000.

  2. Alex

    December 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

    The funny thing is that I went on the site, and for a 46 year old, there is no plan that I can see that even has a $1250 deductible. Most of the plans have much larger deductibles and significant co-pays that will result in higher out of pocket outlays. My guess is that she doesn’t even know what policy she has signed up for, but was eager to write a “feelgood” story.

  3. […] you want great examples of people helped by the ACA in just the last few days in North Carolina see here and here. […]

  4. Geo

    December 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I found that the premiums are higher and the deductibles are higher – like 10 times as much as during the Bush Administration..

    Not very afforable

    Thanks Obama

  5. Jim Wiseman

    December 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    A blind squirrel will find a nut every now and then.