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    like having the veritable sword of damocles hanging over my head

    i'm not exactly sure what is the 'carrier' but it seems to be very much like any other type of employer funded health insurance except the federal government funds what the employer would fund.

    i would NOT have been able to qualify for any health insurance otherwise on my own.

    •  I went back and looked. (1+ / 0-)
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      As a result of the federal health care reform, California now offers a federally funded health coverage program called PCIP. This program is available for individuals who did not have health coverage in the 6 months prior to applying.

      All funding for procedures comes from the Federal Government and it is administered by the California government. It is a step up from MediCal, because participants pay premiums -- which are sent to the government. No for-profit insurers are sucking money out of the fund to pay themselves and their shareholders. (Although, the government does pay commissions to agents who help people sign up for the program.)

      So, you have real single-payer health care that we mere mortals can only dream of.


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        supposedly this is the republican part of the affordable care act

        i'm not savvy about the source or how true this is. so didn't put this in my main post.

        Congressional Republicans say they plan to dismantle health care reform by denying funds for its various programs.

        But there's one program created by the new law that Senate Republicans have championed: the interim-high risk pool, formally known as the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. In June, Senate Republicans sent a letter to Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius chiding the administration for missing a startup deadline and for failing to provide more than $5 billion.

        "The $5 billion meant to protect those with pre-existing conditions will run out long before 2013 and up to $10 billion in additional funding will be needed for the millions of Americans that need this coverage," said Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) in a statement accompanying the letter.

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