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The deadline is 1.5 weeks away. Do you have health insurance?

Ten days to go until the current window closes for getting health insurance through exchanges of the Affordable Care Act until next November. What's your status concerning health insurance? I don't want to hear gripes about problems with ObamaCare. That horse has been flogged to death.

With the Congress of 2008-09, what we ended up with was the mess they cobbled together. We all wish things were different than they are, but we must remember how painfully long it was hashed out in Congress until a bill finally passed both houses of Congress and signed into law.  Certainly it would not have happened after the elections in 2010. As flawed as it may be, I'm very appreciative it happened at all and that Obama was elected to a second term which cemented it coming into being rather than getting repealed.

You all know smileycreek and I are self-employed and had no choice but to buy our own health insurance our whole adult lives. The policies we could afford truly sucked. We were always on our own without the power of being in a big pool of folks that could negotiate with insurers. Well, we lost our policy because it was no longer legal for Anthem BlueCross to sell it after ObamaCare became law. Our health insurance policy was that bad.

We bought a Silver70 plan which gives us much better coverage and has a lower total yearly deductible. On top of that it costs us $91 less each month than the crap policy we had before. For us ObamaCare is a big win as it is for millions of other people too. Now that ObamaCare is the law of the land, I want to know if you have health insurance now and about your positive experience in getting it.

As we know, essentially all the horror stories the GOP drummed up about folks getting health insurance on the exchanges turned out to be totally false BS. All of it was such a bunch of garbage the LA Times did a piece a couple weeks ago wondering if there really are any ObamaCare horror stories. It doesn't look like they really exist.

First off, there are only two categories of folks that are affected by ObamaCare: 1) self-employed folks like us and 2) those who couldn't get coverage due to either preexisting health problems or the cost. That's it! The GOP in most states they control are denying expansion of Medicaid to those who now qualify just to purposefully screw it all up. They simply don't give a crap about people.

Take a look at the chart below. The highest state taxes are in five Red States (Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas) and two blue states (New York and Washington). As much flack as California gets for having high state taxes, these seven states have even higher tax rates. So what gives in these Red states? They won't expand Medicaid which won't cost them a dime now and will end up costing a very small percentage of the total in years to come (like 10% or so)? You'd think these states would fully embrace the ability to help millions of uninsured folks get health insurance, especially since they have the highest overall state taxes.

tax rates by state

Here's story I want to tell you about. I have a patient that heard all the negative, false crap being spewed about ObamaCare. He told me he heard doctors refused to accept it because they got paid $11 per patient. I told him that was completely false. The fact is doctors get paid 3% more per patient than they did before. Medicaid pays a low per patient amount. That's always been true. Doctors long ago decided whether they'd personally take medicaid patients or not, and it had nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act.

He told me he heard states couldn't afford expanding Medicaid because they'd go broke. I told him the Federal government pays for that, not states. He then said he heard people can't get insurance policies and are being denied. I told him just the opposite is true. People who could never get policies before can't be denied now no matter what their medical condition.

Then he said, "This really helps people then. What's the problem?" I told him it's politics pure and simple and is not based upon facts. He thanked me for giving him the straight truth and admitted he was totally confused by all the stuff he's been hearing out there.

So, drip, drip, person at a time. This gentleman works for the Union Pacific Railroad and promised he'd pass on the truth about ObamaCare.

What positive ObamaCare news can you share? Are you covered?

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Latest diary: We Have Our Venue: Motor City Kossacks, Sat 3/22, 6PM, Golden Fleece (Greektown, Detroit)
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Saturday, April 5th

Baja Arizona Kossacks 4th Annual Picnic

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Latest diary: Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks April Meeting
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796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

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SFKossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet for LeftOfYou & Expat Okie

TIME: 11:00 AM, Early lunch!
Rincon Center, 101 Spear St. • San Francisco

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

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3. Expat Okie
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