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ObamaCare: Spreading The Good News

by Africa (@lawalazu)

Chuck Todd inspired me to contact all my local media about presenting the facts on Obamacare. I sent this to my local paper yesterday. The executive editor replied me.

This is my letter:

I wish to make a suggestion to the News Journal. Please bear me out and read this to the end.

On October 1, the Affordable Care Act will go into effect. This law will impact the lives of millions of Americans. However there is a lot that many residents may not know about the law. Once implemented, the law is expected to help some 30 million Americans.

Already it is making an impact:

- Medicare’s preventive benefits now come with a free visit with your primary care doctor every year to plan out your prevention services. And there are no more co-pays for preventative services in Medicare.

- Small businesses get big tax credits—up to 50 percent of premium costs—for offering health insurance to their workers.

- Insurers with unusually high administrative costs have to offer rebates to their customers, and every insurance company has to reveal how much it spends on overhead.

- Free birth control and other preventative services for women, unless you work for a faith based organization that opposes birth control.

- Seniors get $250 towards closing the “doughnut hole” in their prescription drug coverage.

(Mother Jones)

And there is much, much more to come once the law is implemented.

I wonder if your newspaper would consider doing a town hall and inviting Pensacolans to hear about what the law offers. Many people do not know some of the simple, but major benefits in the law. For example, that no longer will people be denied service because of pre-existing conditions. Parents who wish to keep their children on their health insurance will be able to do so until the children turns 26. People suffering with substance abuse and mental health issues will no longer go uncovered. Under ACA, they will have insurance.

Just Wednesday, I was able to share this fact with the mother of a 22-year-old, who has a heart condition. While his condition is stable now, she wanted to make sure he had health insurance, in case he ever got sick again. I informed her about the pre-existing component. I also told her that her child could remain on her insurance until 26, if she so desired.

No longer will pregnancies be considered a pre-existing condition.

There are hundreds of thousands like this mom out there. A little bit of information will help residents. The goal is not to convince anyone, but present the facts about the law.

Many companies are already promoting the law.

For example, WebMd, the immensely popular medical Website, is breaking down and explaining the law. CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aide, Blue Cross Blue Shield are all partnering to promote and explain the benefits of the law. Companies like the NFL Baltimore Ravens, D.C. United Soccer major league are promoting the law, as well as a host of celebrities.

Information is easily accessed at healthcare.gov

There is also a lot of misinformation about the law out there. One of the reasons the media exists is to educate and correct information when it is distorted. People should be given the facts so that they can make decisions that will be beneficial to them and their loved ones.

I am passionate about the implementation of this law because I have a chronically ill husband. But beyond that, as a social worker, it bothers me that millions of poor people stand to benefit from the law, but are unaware of the facts.

This will be a great service for the people in the four-county area or as far as you coverage goes. Communities should be aware. Perhaps partnering with health care organizations in the community will help. Provide a “Did You Know,” segment, etc.

If you have made it this far, THANK YOU very much and I hope you will give this idea some consideration. Or at the very least allow me, as a private citizen, some space to write a piece on how I think the law will help many, many residents in our communities.

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Executive Editor Response:

Hello, ____!

We actually have tossed around the idea of that kind of thing and have not ruled it out. But in the meantime, we are in overdrive on putting together content to break the law down for our readers. On Sept. 29, we are publishing a 24-page guidebook to the new law and its benefits.

Good to hear from you.

****

Epically fantastic Africa – thank you sooooooo much for this!

****

 If you have health insurance and you like it, you can keep it—and you’re already getting benefits because of Obamacare:

* Free preventive care, including check—ups and vaccinations

* Money back if your insurance company doesn’t spend at least 80% of your premium on care

* No more lifetime limits on how much your insurance company will pay for

* Children and young adults can stay on their family plans until they turn 26

More here

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Lots more on Obamacare through the week, if you have any suggestions for news/information you’d like to see featured, just drop me an email at theobamadiary@gmail.com – thank you!

PS I mentioned earlier about the wacky number of hits the blog has been getting this week, thanks largely to the fairly stupendous work of the blog tyrants – I should have mentioned, some of them were RWNJs …. so let’s blind them with Obamacare facts. ;-)


125 Responses to “ObamaCare: Spreading The Good News”


  1. September 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Fellow TODers,
    I need your prayers. I just got a call telling me that my mentor and his son were caught up in the terrorist attack in Nairobi this morning. The son was shot but survived but his Dad, my mentor cannot be found as of now. He’s 77yrs old. They had traveled from Ghana to Kenya on vacation and had just arrived at the mall when the attack happened.

    I’m so forlorn. Don’t know what to do,

  2. 39 utaustinliberal
    September 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Fantastic news Africa.

    • 40 africa
      September 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks!!!!

      • 41 desertflower
        September 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        Fabulous job on this letter, africa! You inspired me to do the same for my local newspapers….now is the time to get this info out there for all to see. It’s a shame that we have to ask them to do their jobs, but at this point….whatever gets the word/truth out to the people, works for me. Too important!! Thanks for this:) {{{africa}}}}

      • 42 Dudette
        September 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm

        Brava Africa!!! Well done!

      • 43 nathkatun7
        September 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        Africa, you are an inspiring role model. This what we all must do to counter these insane and heartless Republicans. You really did a magnificent job!

      • 44 Judith Fardig
        September 21, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        Africa, you inspire me to try this with my right-winger owned newspaper. Thanks!!

  3. 45 utaustinliberal
    September 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Chelsea beats Fulham 2-0 and now we’re back at the top of the Premier League table and Manchester United is sinking…..all is right with the world again.

  4. 48 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Africa – thanks so much for sharing this with us – a 24-page guidebook to ACA – what a resource!!!

  5. 50 vcprezofan2
    September 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Africa, that was a very results-focused step to take! SO much more effective than complaining about media. Thank you. The results were very encouraging too. Way to go forward!

  6. September 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks Africa for the ACA guide. will bookmark this to digest later.

  7. 52 cookemom
    September 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Yo ho ho all you O’s!! It’s a great getting up day again on the TOD part of the globe!

    I’m still in awe of the ‘pubs, but am ever alert that this may be about taking over the Senate, and not about defunding ACA. Cantor calling out Dem names, gives me pause. They may be using infighting about ACA as the shiny object.

  8. 53 cookemom
    September 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    {{{{{{Africa}}}}}} This is the best form of activism. Letting your words do more than the talking, causing others to do some walking.

  9. September 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    As I’ve mentioned many times, I live in a predominately red area and our local newspaper, which tries at times to be even handed, usually caters to the right side of the political spectrum. Yesterday, I was truly surprised to see that the paper carried a supplement that explained the AHCA in detail and directed people to information centers in the state. The insert was too much for our little paper to do on its own, so it imported the information from another source. The point it that the information was there for all to see so there is no one who can say, “nobody told me. I didn’t know.” The idea of a town hall is a terrific one, as long as it doesn’t become a venue for the crazies to scream and distract people who really want information.

    Unfortunately today’s headline, picked up from AP, leads people to believe that the AHCA has been defunded because it says House Votes to DeFund ObamaCare. You have to read deep into the article to see that the Senate will reject the bill. This is exactly the kind of confusion that the Republicans are trying to promote so that people will become discouraged and not bother to sign up for the exchanges. That’s why this issue has to be resolved once and for all. Would love to see banner headlines on October 1 announcing that ObamaCare, the official law of the land, goes into full effect today!!!

    • 55 africa
      September 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Do you try to write back to correct them? If they have a twitter page, I’d use it, too. I am curious to see how my paper is going to do theirs. I will be watching closely to see how they handle it on Oct. 1., too.

      • 56 joyfulmeme
        September 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        My TX paper had helpful information this morning about the ACA.

        I recalled this morning that every candidate that ran in 2008 had some kind of health care reform in their platform even the Republicans. It’s stunning that the Rs act like this is entirely an Obama’s idea. I have to admit that I didn’t follow politics before 2008. I never realized how ugly it is. What I see today is shocking. Although I’ve always been a democrat I did sometimes vote republican. I don’t see right now how I will ever do that again.

  10. September 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Endless thanks to Africa for this, what a fantastic letter!

  11. September 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm

  12. 61 GGAIL
    September 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Good West Coast afternoon Chipsticks & TOD family.
    This is absolutely AWESOME africa!
    I Love me some OBAMACARE :-)

  13. 63 Nena20409
    September 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    {{{{{Zizi2}}}}} wishing a best outcome for your mentor.

  14. 64 LDS
    September 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Dear Zizi,
    My prayer right now is The Lord will support you! Yes, support you on every leaning side.
    I add these words of encouragement from one of my Daily Devotional readings.

    Child of My love, lean hard,
    And let Me feel the pressure of your care;
    I know your burden, child! I shaped it;
    Balanced it in Mine Own hand; made no proportion
    In its weight to your unaided strength,
    For even as I laid it on, I said,
    “I will be near, and while she leans on Me,
    This burden will be Mine, not hers;
    So will I keep My child within the circling arms
    Of My Own love, “Here lay it down, nor fear
    To impose it on a shoulder that uphold
    The government of worlds, Yet closer come:
    You are not near enough, I would embrace your care;
    So I might feel My child leaning on My breast.
    You love Me, I know. So then do not doubt;
    But loving Me, lean hard.

  15. 67 Nena20409
    September 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Sergei Ivanov, the Russian rep and Putin’s man is said to have stated that Putin may not always support Assad. This was reported at HP. I have not found any other story collaborating this story.

    I hope it is true.

  16. September 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Just had a chance to catch up on the last thread and the haunting image of the Civil War battle dead. It wasn’t until the Civil War made those kinds of searing images available to people that the real horror of war came home to people. And it wasn’t until that war that we started to actually care about helping the battlefield injured who until then were usually left out to die or to make it to help on their own. Thanks to the “Angel of the Battlefield” Clara Barton, along with many others, Civil War casualties were carried to tents and treated, even on the front lines. Our ability to care for war wounds is eons from that time, even as the old partisan divisions remain. We are better equipped to save lives, but we still elect people with the same hate and bigotry that got us into the Civil War in the first place. As Bob has often said, we are, once again, fighting the confederacy, only this time they’re dressed up in suits and ties and pretending to be Congressmen and governors.

  17. September 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    For Zizi, and anyone else affected…….. some more contact info

  18. 71 JER
    September 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    You are in my thoughts and prayers Zizi.

  19. September 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Al-Shabab is claiming “credit” for the attack in Nairobi.

    All good thoughts to you, zizi, and your friends.

  20. 73 Nena20409
    September 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Toledo’s Alonzo Russell’s catch…..Amazing!
    College Football. Fantastic Catch, indeed.
    Even if you don’t like American Style Football this is awesome. Please take a look.

  21. September 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Very impressive efforts, africa!!! Well done!!!

    #FORWARD Together”

  22. September 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    THIS IS CRAZY
    …………………….

    Librarian Fired for Actually Getting Kid to Read

    Eric Levenson 5,032 Views Sep 19, 2013

    A library aide has been fired for successfully doing her most basic job — getting a kid to read more. And so, too, has the library’s director, who started the reading controversy in the first place.

    Lita Casey was dismissed on Monday after working for 28 years at the Hudson Falls Free Library in upstate New York. Her offense? Defending a nine-year-old child whose voracious reading appetite and abundant (and free!) library books makes him read too much. So much, in fact, that Weaver dominates the library’s annual reading competition, having won his 5th straight reading title by absorbing 63 books in the 40 day competition.

    That should be good news, right?

    Not in the eyes of library director Marie Gandron, who said the soon-to-be fifth grader Tyler Weaver “hogs” the contest with his no-good-dirty-rotten-book-stealing reading habits. Gandron had hoped to change the structure of prizes awarded in the contest to encourage other kids to get involved in the reading contest, as “Other kids quit because they can’t keep up,” Gandron said. Instead, Gandron wanted to award prizes for the reading “contest” by picking names out of a hat. Why that would actually encourage reading, we can’t say. It’s not as if those prizes were the main reason Weaver — the self-described “the king of the reading club” — was picking up those books in the first place. All little Weaver has won in his five year reign is an atlas, a T-shirt, a water bottle and certificates of achievement. That’s nothing special.

    Casey stood up for this injustice back in late August, calling the idea of changing the prizes “ridiculous.” Well, she has since paid the price for standing up for her beliefs. “I could not believe it, and I still cannot believe it,” she said after she heard she had been let go in a phone conversation. Gandron, too, has paid the same price herself, as she was also fired from her job last week after 41 years at the library.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/09/librarian-fired-actually-getting-kid-read-contest-lita-casey/69606/

  23. September 21, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    The national media (especially the clueless upChuck Todd) will be left in the dust after Oct 1.

    They are like the little Dutch boy at the dyke, trying to plug a leaking dam with their pinkie fingers.

    After Oct 1, the corporate naysayers will be drowned out. What person in their right mind will want to go back to being rejected for insurance because of pre-existing conditions, etc.?

    The national media don’t realize that our society is made up of people from all walks of life, many of whom were ineligible or couldn’t afford medical insurance. You can see this cluelessness when they express so much concern for a colleague’s ailing relative. Not to be heartless, but their colleagues’ relatives are receiving health care; what about those with the same condition who don’t have health insurance?

    The local all-news radio station in Los Angeles is devoting all day Oct 3 on ACA. It is listened to alot (I heard it from other cars in parking lots, etc.).

  24. 81 HZ
    September 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Zizi, prayers and goodness coming your way from my heart and space to you and your family (((((((( ( Prayers )))))))).HZ

  25. September 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    O/T: Did someone share a picture of Reagan with all the damage he did recently? It may have been a tweet……..I don’t remember. I’m not 100% sure it was on TOD but believe it was. I could really use it to share somewhere. If anyone can help, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

  26. September 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Iranian hardliners appear to have given their tacit support to president Hassan Rouhani as the moderate cleric prepares to travel to New York on what could be a critically important visit to the United Nations, which may include a historic meeting with his American counterpart.

    Hawkish fundamentalists, including the elite Revolutionary Guards close to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have refrained from demonstrating opposition to Rouhani’s new bid to pursue “constructive engagement” with the international community. This could include talks over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme and the Syrian conflict. The Iranian president is keen to show the world that he has a united country behind him.

    Khamenei, long a fierce critic of the US, has thrown his weight behind Rouhani, apparently giving his blessing for direct talks between Rouhani and President Barack Obama, which could take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week. And Iran’s opposition activists and politicians, given new heart after Rouhani’s sensational victory in June, appear to share support for the new president in his attempt to improve relations with the west.

    • 85 theo67
      September 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      They know who President Obama is.

    • 86 Don
      September 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      I know nothing about Hassan Rouhani, but the fact that he seems to want to turn away from the bluster that has dominated Iranian politics for years is a step in the right direction. Mr. Rouhani can show the world that he is seeking a peaceful future for his country.

  27. September 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    OMG! This is not for the faint of heart……

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  28. 89 No Child Left Behind
    September 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille,

    Thank you Chips and much appreciation, Afrika, for your strategic letter.

    To Zizi, my thoughts are with you for your mentor, his son, and all those hurt by the attack of the terrorist.

    LL reported that :Al-Shabab is claiming “credit” for the attack in Nairobi.”, let’s hope that US drones give credit soon where credit is due.

  29. 90 dotster3
    September 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    President Obama as consoler-in-chief, decent reporting by USA Today on tomorrow’s Navy Yard memorial service, plus history of this sad, reoccurring duty…

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/21/obama-navy-yard-shooting-consoler-in-chief/2845943/

  30. 91 globalcitizenlinda
    September 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm

  31. September 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Chips, suggest you feature Spandan’s CBO analysis ….

    “The Congressional Budget Office released its 2013 long term budget outlook on Tuesday. The document is the most significant vindication of President Obama’s economic policies to date, both enacted and proposed, and it is the most damning thing to the president’s economic critics, both Left and Right. The CBO reports that thanks to the president’s strong leadership in investing in America’s future and raising taxes on the wealthy, by 2015, the deficit will have been cut by 80% relative to the size of the economy from when President Obama took office.”

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/09/cbo-report-makes-clear-why-grand.html

  32. 93 Ladyhawke
    September 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    HEALTH REFORM QUIZ

    By The Kaiser Family Foundation

    ——————————————————

    The health reform law promises to deliver big changes in the U.S. health care system. But, as with other sweeping pieces of legislation, it can be hard to get the real facts about what it does. And it is all too easy for misinformation about the law to spread.

    Take our short, 10-question quiz to test your knowledge of the law, and then share your results with friends on Twitter or Facebook.

    ———————————————————-

    http://kff.org/quiz/health-reform-quiz/

    • September 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      thanks for this. I’ve been posting blurbs from this one and links to my FB page for my peeps to read

    • 95 nathkatun7
      September 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks for all the education I receive at TOD, TPV, POU, I answered all the 10 questions correctly! Now off I go to try to educate neighbors, friends and family.

  33. 96 a4alice
    September 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    wow Africa! Way to take action for President Obama and the #ACA!! You Rock! :D

  34. 97 a4alice
    September 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    OMG LL if you are here – this is for you – it made me snort! :-)

  35. 99 dotster3
    September 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Iowans warned about swindlers pretending to be officials signing up people for Obamacare. There are radio ads and flyers being used to trick people into divulging personal info to these criminals who are interested in embezzlement and financial theft. Said to be most prevalent in the south but it has been happening in Iowa too——snagging people by saying that sign-ups for Obamacare has already begun.

    http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2013/09/21/beware-of-swindlers-pretending-to-sign-people-up-for-obamacare-commissioner-warns/article

  36. 101 Dudette
    September 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

  37. 102 Dudette
    September 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm

  38. 103 Dudette
    September 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    • 104 globalcitizenlinda
      September 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      so many questions, …, reflecting how many are divorced from reality

    • 105 nathkatun7
      September 21, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      This is a classic tweet, Dudette! The President’s supporters are some of the most brilliant people I know. On top of that, many have such devilish sense of humor.

  39. September 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm

  40. 107 Dudette
    September 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm

  41. 108 Dudette
    September 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm

  42. 109 africa
    September 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm

  43. 110 africa
    September 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm

  44. 111 Bill R.
    September 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you for your good work and your example, Africa!

  45. 112 globalcitizenlinda
    September 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    reports of all this gop-generated nonsense (defunding ObamaCare, cutting SNAP, defunding government etc.) is making people who are not political junkies, to pay some attention to the policies causing the manufactured crisis

  46. 113 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    The media is depressed…not a whole lot to sing about tomorrow at their GOP Sunday propaganda concerts…

    Perhaps they’ll try to scrape something he said at the CBC function tonight and make a big deal out of it…

  47. 118 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    • 119 Dudette
      September 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      In case you’re wondering what this event tonight is about:

      “Sept. 16, 2013—President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner. The Awards Dinner is the signature event of a four-day conference focusing on public policy impacting black communities in America and abroad. It is scheduled from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WCC)…

      [snip]…Coming on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the Awards Dinner will pay tribute to the “Spirit of 1963” and the advances that the march led to in American life, from voting rights and school desegregation to Mr. Obama’s historic election to the presidency in 2008.

      The dinner will honor the achievements of former President William Jefferson Clinton, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland and Elaine Jones, former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The honorees will receive the Phoenix Award for their contribution to African-American political awareness and empowerment, as well as to the advancement of minorities in the electoral process…”

      More here: http://www.cbcfinc.org/component/content/article/105-news-releases/2013-newsarchive/702-president-obama-to-keynote-annual-cbcf-awards-dinner.html

      Emcees will be MSNBC’s Tamron Hall and Chip’s man, actor and Twitter-King Wendell Pierce :-)

  48. 120 africa
    September 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

  49. 121 africa
    September 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  50. 122 susanne
    September 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    zizi, my prayers are with your and your friends right now.

  51. 124 JER
    September 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    LIVE NOW: Congressional Black Caucus Dinner – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml


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