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View Diary: The ACA Saves Lives, Money & It's a Dang Sight Better Than What I Got Now! (37 comments)

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    were remarkably un-upset when individuals had their insurance increase by 20% or even 50% in some instances, and remarkably un-upset when people lost access to health insurance entirely - through big illnesses like cancer, or little illnesses like "jock itch treated successfully with cream."

    How I lost my health insurance at the hairstylist's is an excellent example of one of those vintage stories from 2009.

    "Wait, wait!" say you, "Isn’t it illegal to fire someone for their health history?  Suppose I’m all well and working?"

    She looks at you with more pity, says yes, so of course they will have to find "cause" to fire you, which any employer can always do.

    "But I am a very, very good employee!" you protest.

    "Yes," she says, "but they can always find some cause."  The real problem she goes on to explain, is that you will find a new job, that company’s insurer will slap them with the surcharge, they will take their turn at firing you, until you’ve been through six or seven jobs in a year, fired "for cause" from all of them, which of course looks very, very bad to a prospective employer.

    "So in a year or so of this, you will not just be uninsurable, you will also be unemployable."

    She asks who your husband works for, since they’d probably try to do this to him too.  You say he is a cop working for a municipality, which pleases her.  "They have all sorts of layers of officials, elected and otherwise, to work their way through to get to the decision, then once they do they have to get past his union, so it will take much longer to get him fired."  She also, though, offered sympathy for the fact that what with the police union and the municipality fighting out whatever "cause" they got him on in such a public profession, it was sure to end up in the local papers and disrupt all our lives – including the children’s – when they did get that far.

    You remind her you seem headed for divorce, and she says, well, okay then, just carry the COBRA to the limit and keep on working for small not-for-profits that don’t offer insurance.

    You ask her what you are supposed to do for health care and she says sooner or later the insurance companies would force you onto Medicaid – either by means of making you unemployable and broke, or by means of you being uninsured and going through any and all assets you have paying medical bills until you are broke and sick enough that you can’t work, and end up on Medicaid.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 04:03:04 PM PST

    •  Wow. I did not know that! Can't win for losin. (1+ / 0-)
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      JDWolverton

      Now the ACA has changed all that.

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 08:48:09 AM PST

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