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An April 11 Gallup poll found that 64% of Americans believe that The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has not affected them in any way.

They might not know it.
They might not believe it.
But if they have healthcare insurance, they're better off than they were two years ago.

Here are a few of the changes that have now been implemented that affect us all:

—Your coverage can not be dropped or denied because of a pre-existing condition
—There is no lifetime cap on how much the insurance company can spend on you
—Your children can stay on your policy until they are 26
—The ‘donut hole’ in seniors’ prescription coverage has been closed
—Many preventive screenings are now included in your policy

This adds up to something more than higher quality coverage. It means more freedom.

Freedom from fear of a medical bankruptcy.
Freedom to change jobs or start a business without losing your coverage.
Freedom to retire before Medicare kicks in and still be covered.
Freedom to know that you and your family can afford to see a doctor whenever you need one.

Maybe we should rename it ‘The Affordable Freedoms Act.’

Originally posted to wayne204 on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 04:16 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives.

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  •  No, I think the word "care" is central and (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    NancyWH, karmsy, old mark

    has to be kept.

    "Freedom Care" might work, especially as an antecedent to Medicare.

    I like it better than Health Care though, like ObamaCare, the important word is "care."  Everybody wants to be cared for, whether they admit it or not.
    Even Cliven Bundy wants people to care; wants to be taken care of.

    Everybody's got Ronnie's Mommy complex. They just don't want to admit it. T&A.

    http://hannah.smith-family.com

    by hannah on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 04:24:58 AM PDT

  •  They called (4+ / 0-)

    it Obamacare and that is what we will call it. I like Obamacare because Obama cares. They started calling it Obamacare as a pejorative now that there is a sign of success that is what it will be for ever called." Obamacare"  

  •  Yes! (0+ / 0-)

    And now with more cows!  SNARK.

    Seriously, call it whatever you want, just improve it to single payer ASAP!

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 06:15:17 AM PDT

  •  Good Understandable Idea; Timing May be Off (0+ / 0-)

    since the rightwing has for generations established freedom redefined to mean "absence of interference solely from government." And America's mainstream public square, because it is owned and sponsored by rightwing interests, uses the rightwing definition of freedom.

    Since government is involved in health care, by definition it's infringing "freedom" as the mainstream public square uses the term.

    One of the greatest revolutions in concept the left could dream of would be to restore the concept that forces other than government are capable of infringing liberty and freedom, and that therefore government is needed to protect freedom from infringement by private forces.

    That day is not in sight; we don't have a movement in sight working on such a fundamental conceptual issue.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 06:16:14 AM PDT

  •  The freedom given to Americans by just this law (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    wayne204

    is actually hard to grasp because it is so pervasive. MILLIONS have been locked into jobs so they can have some health coverage...People can now change jobs, hold jobs or start businesses that they enjoy that do not provide health coverage,  not worry about overrunning a cap on paid services.

    My only regret about the ACA is that it came so late in my life-I'm already on Medicare - and I WISH it could be extended to provide the coverage now provided by private "medigap" insurance...Medicare should be improved and extended.

    Les Paul, NOT Rand Paul!

    by old mark on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 06:24:43 AM PDT

  •  Obamacre is freedom! (0+ / 0-)

    That's my slogan.  Simple, direct and true.  And it takes on directly the ridiculous meme from the Tea Party crowd that our now having rights to health care that can't be taken away has somehow reduced our freedom(?).  

  •  Let's not (0+ / 0-)

    I'm already tired enough of this propaganda bullshit pioneered by Frank Luntz. The law will stand on its own merits. It doesn't need special, focus-group-tested buzzwords.

    TX-17 (Bill Flores-R), TX Sen-14 (Kirk Watson-D), TX HD-50 (Celia Israel-D). Senate ratings map (as of 3/10/14)

    by Le Champignon on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 08:01:17 AM PDT

  •  When it comes to health care, (0+ / 0-)

    I think the word "freedom" should be reserved for a universal healthcare system.

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 08:06:38 AM PDT

  •  Freedom from dying (0+ / 0-)

    because you couldn't get insurance, or your insurer yanked it away just at the moment when you really needed it.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 08:16:49 AM PDT

  •  The donut hole is not closed yet (0+ / 0-)

    It doesn't close until 2020.  

    And, so far, not much relief has been felt by seniors.  The government has taken over 2.5% of the coverage in the gap.  With the government taking over 25% of the gap by 2020 and the gap effectively closing.

    So, really.. most seniors have not felt much help yet.. if you are in the gap, you are paying through the nose for expensive drugs.

  •  We shouldn't rename existing acts (0+ / 0-)

    but appropriating most of the terminology vapidly used by the Right is a good idea. Name everything something like the "Patriotic American ... Freedom Act". so:

    The "Patriotic American Earnings Freedom Act" will raise the minimum wage

    The "Patriotic American Security Freedom Act" will cut back on military expenditures

    The "Patriotic American Climate Freedom Act" will limit greenhouse gas emissions

    The "Patriotic American Health Insurance Freedom Act" will establish a public option

    Terms like "patriotic" "American" and "freedom" are better descriptions of leftist ideas that rightist ones. Why let them steal the symbology?

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