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    Explaining to doubter acquaintances in person, and to friends of FB friends online, about how the ACA has already saved me a bundle. Here's what I tell them:

    I am self-employed ( and under-employed), so I have HDLP insurance. This is, for now, the only way I can swing health insurance.

    Since the ACA went into effect, my premiums stopped increasing as dramatically from year to year as they had in the past. This is great.

    But a more concrete example of how the ACA saves me money occurred in the last few months, when I had my very first screening colonoscopy.

    Thanks to the ACA, I did not have to pay a sizable co-pay or deductible that I would otherwise would have had to pay.

    I also successfully challenged the physician's effort to charge me a sizable co-pay for his having removed a polyp during the procedure*.

    All together I saved over a thousand dollars.

    *Thanks to DKos for highlighting that clarification from HHS here:

    "The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

    by SNFinVA on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 09:23:30 AM PDT

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