Obamacare Update 2

As promised, I will continue to update you on our family’s journey out of the ranks of the uninsured thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  Here’s where we are now:  John, Emily, Jake, and I are fully insured through BCBST.  Lorelei and William remain on TennCare which seems to be in a kind of limbo status–we haven’t heard anything from them in months.  Teddy remains uninsured but I have been contacted regarding my appeal, so we’ll see.  I really think it’s a glitch of some kind....more

With Enrollment Deadline Looming, Sebelius Listens to Bloggers' Healthcare Stories

With the deadline for open enrollment for healthcare coverage looming on March 31, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius took the time today to speak with a small group of bloggers with questions to ask—and compelling stories to tell—about health insurance. ...more
A friend of mine lives in California and has been struggling to get work for several years, ...more

The Affordable Care Act Works for Me

In July of 2013 our family had to switch from group health insurance to the "individual health insurance market." It took us two months to find a plan. My husband, Tim, and I were both denied coverage and offered a policy with a sky high premium. We considered going without. When we finally found an affordable option it was for the absolute worst health insurance possible. Tim and I spent the balance of 2013 just praying that neither of us would become sick or have an accident....more

Barack Obama Wants Americans to Listen to Their Mother When it Comes to Health Care

In a rare joint Oval Office appearance, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with eight mothers this afternoon to discuss the Affordable Care Act. BlogHer was chosen to provide the pool report, giving us a close view of the event as they discussed the implementation of the new health care plan. ...more
This is interesting to read about from here in the UK. We just don't have the concept of paying ...more

“America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.” -Walter Cronkite

America's healthcare crisis is hardly a new issue. In fact, the phrase 'America's Healthcare Crisis' has probably been uttered by everyone from Bill O'Reilly to Wolf Blitzer, it's cliche. When a dire problem becomes a platitude, interest wanes. Nonetheless, it is something I have thought about a lot over my hiatus and I don't think it should be forgotten....more

Thanks, Obama

Government shutdown? You can blame Obama. Sure. Many people do. There's a whole meme about it that I see daily. Thanks, Obama.You can blame the Affordable Care Act. That nasty bill that provides women and children with the healthcare they need and deserve as a human right.But the law isn't going away. Not even if every last tea-party Republican stomps around, throws shit, then holds his or her breath until they turn blue and pass out. Because that's what they're doing....more

Fiscal What?

The thing about the Right Wing is that is SUPPOSED to be fiscally conservative. Socially, it didn’t always want to drag us back into the Medieval period, but it was supposed to be all about a balanced budget and limits and whatnot. Eisenhower, the last Real Republican, took a look around, saw what needed to be done, and taxed accordingly. The national debt sank like an anvil under his leadership. He was not a warmonger either. He coined the phrase military-industrial complex and warned Americans about it on his way out of office....more

Ted Cruz's Kooky Filibuster & What's REALLY Going on With ObamaCare

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas mixed filibustering with a bedtime reading of the Dr. Seuss classic "Green Eggs & Ham" for his daughters in the midst of a 21-hour speech to rally Republican support to defund the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. The moment, caught via his chief strategist Jason Johnson, blew up on Twitter in the #MakeDCListen stream....more
I found it ironic that Cruz read "Green Eggs and Ham", a tale about someone who hates ...more

My Insurance Company Called My Son Fat

I can't stand hearing people discuss healthcare reform in a theoretical way.I don't think you can truly make a case one way or the other unless you have some skin in the game. If you have health insurance through your employer, it's like you're living in your parents' basement -- you might know something is going on and you might have some thoughts on it, but you're insulated from feeling the full impact of the dangerous and expensive mindfuckery involved in getting your own health insurance....more

A Mom’s Trusted Voice on Health Insurance

The following was written by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.As a mother and grandmother, I know how a mom’s voice is critical to maintaining the health of her family—and that’s true even after her kids have grown up into young adults.  And as a trusted voice in the lives of their children, moms can play a vital role in getting the word out about the exciting new options for affordable, quality health coverage becoming available this fall for their children and other families in their communities. Starting October 1, people who either do not have insurance or who buy their own but are looking for new options will be able to sign up for the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. There, they will be able to compare easy-to-understand plans and choose the one that best suits their needs and budget for coverage that will start January 1, 2014. Many families, including young adults, will also be eligible for tax credits that can help lower the cost of their premiums....more