Yo, OBAMACARE, bitches!!!
(Thankfully, the Affordable Care Act covers Breaking Bad Tourette’s)
@NerdyWonka Chuck Todd = Too stupid to know the difference between a WEBSITE and an INSURANCE PLAN PEOPLE USE TO GET HEALTHCARE.
— Tally (@bardgal) December 20, 2013
Pretty much sums up the entire TEAGOP mindset.
Only people with hearts full of hate and twisted souls could take something as important to every man, woman, and child in this great nation, The Patient PROTECTION and AFFORDABLE Care Act, and LIE about it to the point they compare it to SLAVERY.
Apparently, these people have never had the experience of going to an Emergency Room, or even for a regular check up with a normal Primary Care Physician. I guess there’s a lot more going on at home other than schooling with them.
I consider myself a rather healthy person, with a healthy lifestyle. I’ve never smoked or taken drugs (I’m very boring), I don’t drink much, I eat healthy, exercise, sleep, and stay as stress-free as possible. Yet I haven’t been able to avoid medical care to the extent the Republicans can.
My first experience in a hospital was birth. Then, like most toddlers at three, I fell and hit my forehead on the fireplace hearth and had my first stitches. I remember it clearly. At nine, since my teeth were too big for my tiny elf head I had my first oral surgery to get ready for braces, by removing four of them to make room in my mouth. At 18 I had my second when my wisdom teeth were removed. At 21, I had my first OBGYN visit, which went from a regular exam to a hurried ultrasound and abdominal surgery to remove an ovarian dermoid cyst the size of a grapefruit. (Apparently I ate my twin in the womb. Yes, I’m a Stephen King novel.) In ’94, while rehearsing Katherine in Taming of the Shrew, I tripped backstage and a bench came up and suddenly smashed me in the forehead. The entire cast saw my skull. I would have been a zipper-head had the ER I was taken to, not had a Plastic Surgeon on-call. The perks of being an Angelino!
I’ve had a lot of visits to various doctors since. Cheerleading and Dancing can lead to bone death if you land on your ass hard enough, not to mention falling off my horse. Only twice!!
But you don’t need to have the experience of seeking medical attention to understand you’re magically not going to catch some horrid virus simply because you have health insurance and the “illegals” don’t, all you have to do is watch Contagion, and understand basic math and biology, (or have lived through those coworkers who ALWAYS come to work sick and share their cooties with you.) I’m understanding that’s a tall ask for people who were home schooled instead of going to public school like I did.
As an actor in Los Angeles, the most over-populated talent pool on earth, most of my actor friends don’t have health insurance for any number of reasons. They don’t make enough money at their five jobs, none of which offer medical care; if they were lucky enough to get a gig this year, they don’t have enough hours to qualify for union coverage; or they have an old dance injury which up until now, has been a pre-existing condition that would get them an automatic denial of coverage.
Obamacare has been a godsend to these people and millions of others across the country. For the last three months, as a licensed insurance agent (day gig), certified by Covered California to sell plans on our Marketplace Exchange, I’ve been enrolling these people, most of whom have been jerked around so much they still feel as though the insurance companies are going to call them in the middle of the night and tell them they don’t qualify for whatever reason. I have to keep reassuring them that’s ILLEGAL now.
Not only do they qualify, they can afford it. Some, because their income + deductions + zip code = some amazing magical algorithm that lands them just above the Federal Poverty Line that would qualify them for Medi-Cal (Medicaid) coverage, they qualify for some of the super-secret Silver plans that not everyone can even see, plus their crazy monthly tax credit, they’re paying prices lower than their cell phone bills. (And California has an AWESOMESAUCE Governor who ACCEPTED the Medicaid expansion money to you know, HELP his constituents.)
It saddens me our press is so bought and paid for they’ll never run these stories. Whores. Too bad Obamacare doesn’t cover greed.
So, without further delay, my favorite Presidential (and a few ACA) moments in this monumentous year when all my friends, and millions like them finally qualified to apply for and get, come January 1st, health insurance they can afford!
President Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act (April 30th):
President Obama schools Chuck Todd.
President Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act (July 18th, 2013):
President Obama explains how the Affordable Care Act is putting money back into the pockets of millions of Americans thanks to a provision in the health reform law that requires insurance companies spend 80 percent of its customers premiums on medical care, rather than administrative costs.
President Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act (September 26th, 2013):
The ACA is here to stay!
President Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act (October 21st, 2013):
President Obama ninja-rescues a pregnant woman, and says that the health insurance that’s available to people through HealthCare.gov is high quality and affordable, and his Administration is working around the clock to address problems that make the site slow and difficult to use.
President Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act (November 6th, 2013):
In Dallas, President Obama speaks to canvassers and navigators who are helping consumers learn about and enroll in quality, affordable health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplaces.
President Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act (November 14th, 2013):
President Obama announced a solution to address the cancellation notices that some people in the individual health insurance market have received in recent weeks, keeping with his pledge to make adjustments and improvements where they’re warranted as the Affordable Care Act takes effect.
President Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act (December 3rd, 2013):
President Obama says now that HealthCare.gov is working for the vast majority of users, we must refocus on what’s truly at stake, which is ensuring Americans have the security of decent health insurance at a reasonable cost.
President Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act (December 18th, 2013):
And the Icing on my Obamacare cake!
Thanks to Obamacare and @CoveredCA not only does Chris now have insurance, but we pay the same for both we were paying for just me! Yay!
— Bobbie Oliver (@thebobbieoliver) December 24, 2013
— MeiMei Fox (@MeiMeiFox) December 24, 2013
An important announcement for those who started their applications yesterday, but haven’t completed them: https://t.co/J4QogmPDl9
— Covered California (@CoveredCA) December 24, 2013
With thousands of Californians gaining access to quality health coverage on Jan. 1, there is a lot to celebrate. #HappyHolidays!
— Covered California (@CoveredCA) December 25, 2013
— Covered California (@CoveredCA) December 26, 2013
See all the ’2013: Most Memorable Moments’ here