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Restaurant staff, cooks and waiters
They're smiling because they're going to get affordable insurance.
Sen. Ted Cruz spent an inordinate amount of effort during his waste-of-time non-filibuster talking about that mythical single mom working in a diner who will be crushed under the weight of actually having health insurance. Well, here's a real young woman, working in a restaurant, and her reaction to Obamacare.
Like most COBRA participants Jessica Stephens, a 29-year-old Chicagoan, pays the full cost of insurance sponsored by her former employer—$518 a month. Most employers include a 2 percent administrative fee.

Stephens, who now makes about $25,000 working as a cook at a restaurant that doesn’t offer insurance, says she took a part-time job to pay her COBRA bill. She’s likely to qualify for exchange tax credits that would allow her to buy a policy starting in January for less than $200 a month.

“That’s wonderful. I would definitely take the exchange” once it becomes available, she said. “I thought I could squeeze by financially doing COBRA, but the last nine months have told me that’s not possible.”

Hear that, Ted? Obamacare will be "wonderful," according to this young restaurant worker. That's what real Americans think, as opposed to the tiny sliver of America that stands with you.

Stand with Daily Kos and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in denouncing Republicans who would completely shut down the government just to destroy Obamacare.


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Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos.

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