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  •  In Addition... (13+ / 0-)

    Let me add that the rest of Americans that have private, off-exchange health insurance policies, now have secure policies that don't allow insurance companies to kick them off when they get sick (as could be done in the old days, pre-ACA). So many millions more now have real health insurance, rather than faux insurance. But get the Republicans to recognize that, even when it applies to some of their own policies... fat chance.

    "One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses." ― Pope Francis

    by GoodGod on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:51:00 AM PDT

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    •  i have a friend, got an off-exchange policy (2+ / 0-)
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      she just didn't want to trust "Obama", but
      she has insurance, so,  i'm happy for her.

    •  Plus (11+ / 0-)

      Even those with solid employer-based plans now have the security of knowing that they can always maintain coverage if they lose their jobs or decide to change jobs.  

      This is an aspect of the reform that we really need to play up, as it doesn't seem to have penetrated the public consciousness.  We keep hearing that only the uninsured benefit from the ACA.  Nonsense.  Everybody benefits from a lifetime of healthcare security.  Even if your situation is good at the moment, it can always change.   How many people keep the same job for life these days?  

      •  You're spot on. (9+ / 0-)

        One of my sons, who has a disabled daughter, now has the ability to start his own business, which he has wanted to do for several years. Health insurance has been a major obstacle. That barrier is removed by the ACA (he just needs to get his biz plan and funding in order now).

        Enabling entrepreneurship, what could be more American than that? And how about those people that want to reduce their hours to P/T to spend more time with their families?... Another example of enhancing an "American" values.

        So many benefits to this law that it's just incredible that the Dems haven't been able to sell it better... at least until now.

        "One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses." ― Pope Francis

        by GoodGod on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:21:07 AM PDT

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        •  And also that opens a job for someone seeking (1+ / 0-)
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          a job, when someone who has been wanting to quit but could not due to employer insurance, can now quit and that job opens up. I have a friend who wanted to retire early and they could afford it except for insurance. Now she can retire early.

          It will open up some jobs for those seeking employment so you get an extra benefit when people can now leave a job they stayed in only for insurance. Thus a job slot opens.

          Another friend said she can leave her job which was a good job but highly stressful and that job will be open for some of the part timers to get fulltimer or a fulltimer to be promoted and thus another job opening.

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          by wishingwell on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:07:13 AM PDT

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      •  No only that, (5+ / 0-)
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        I have the comfort of knowing that when my 22-year old son - with Type 1 diabetes and diabetic neuropathy - is off my policy when he turns 26, he'll be able to get a policy of his own.

        Prior to Obamacare, I was losing sleep on that one.

        The most violent element in society is ignorance.

        by Mr MadAsHell on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:39:33 AM PDT

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        •  And that is a very good thing as so many (2+ / 0-)
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          young people who are no longer on their parents' policies used to have great difficulty obtaining insurance they could afford or obtaining any insurance whatsoever. It is enabling a friend's daughter to go to grad school because otherwise she would have to work retail fulltime to get insurance and put off grad school for years.  

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          by wishingwell on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 09:10:46 AM PDT

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        •  and keeping our kids on our policies until 26 (1+ / 0-)
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          is another benefit from the ACA.

          Thanks, Obama and Democrats! No thanks to a single f*#!ing Republican.

        •  Amen, Amen, Amen! (1+ / 0-)
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          That lifted a similar oppressive weight for me!

          I can't help it. I love the state of Texas. It's a harmless perversion. - Molly Ivins

          by rsmpdx on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 11:33:31 AM PDT

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    •  They're Going To Be Forced To Recognize It. But (7+ / 0-)

      they'll probably just pull a Scott Brown in NH move and change the subject.

      Bashing Obamacare is pretty standard Boilerplate GOP campaign strategy, but poor Scott Brown made his argument in the wrong home. Richardson and his wife had to correct Scott Brown, because under the new health care exchanges made available because of Obamacare the Republican couple is paying a staggering 88 percent less for health insurance costs.

      Richardson’s wife exclaimed “thank God for Obamacare” as she and her husband described how Herb had been injured on the job and forced to live off of workman’s compensation. The couple had to pay over half of their income, 1100 dollars a month, out of pocket to maintain their health insurance under the old federal COBRA law. Obamacare enabled them to qualify for a healthcare subsidy which lowered their costs almost a thousand dollars a month to an affordable 136 dollars a month instead. The Richardsons have reason to be grateful for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

      Scott Brown may have learned a lesson for Republicans campaigning against Obamacare. As long as it remained an abstraction, it made a convenient bogeyman to attack on the stump. However, now that Obamacare is actually working for some people, the GOP will have to tread carefully. For some people it has brought affordable health care. Despite all the phony horror stories, for Republican families like the Richardsons, the real story is that Obamacare will save them over 10,000 dollars annually in health care costs. For other people with low incomes or with pre-existing conditions, the Affordable Care Act may give them health care coverage for the first time.

    •  And Dems still don't talk about it (0+ / 0-)

      Instead DINOS like Landrieu and Warner talk about "fixing" it.  Dreadful frame keeps on ticking.

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