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Wed Aug 21, 2013, 09:08 AM

DailyKos: And here's my first experience with Obamacare

Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 09:38 PM PDT
And here's my first experience with Obamacare
by tb92

My Uncle was a good man. He was loyal to his wife and patiently cared for her quadriplegic son. He was Christian in the old fashioned sense of being kind and generous. He worked hard as a appliance repair man, and his customers trusted him. He was quiet and gentle and loving. And he died six months ago.

My uncle never thought to take care of himself. He had been in pain for years, but didn't bother to have it checked out. When it became too much to bear, his wife took him to the emergency room. They told him he had cancer. That it filled his entire abdomen. That he had less than a month to live.

And then they told him they could not help him, that he should just go home and wait to die. You see, my uncle's insurance, which he had paid into for decades, saw no point in paying for care for a man who could not be saved. And he was a bit too young for Medicare. The hospital wouldn't be paid, so there was nothing they were willing to do. He went to a second hospital, and was told the same thing. He wasn't offered any additional effort, any hospice, any real help at all.

His wife was heartbroken and terrified. She had NO idea how to take care of him. What would he need? How would they deal with the pain? Was there absolutely nothing that could be done? Panicked, she got on the phone and called the local teaching hospital, and they, thank the gods, knew what to do.

They put her in touch with a patient advocate, who convinced the insurance company that they damn well were going to pay for whatever he needed. The advocate arranged to have him admitted to the teaching hospital and to have appropriate tests done. When their last ditch efforts were clearly failing, she arranged for him to have the equipment and medication he needed at home. She educated his caregivers. She let them know they were not alone.

My aunt was told that this advocate position was created by Obamacare. Most of my family is conservative, but not at all politically aware. They had thought that Obamacare was something to fear. Now they know better.

My Uncle died at home, with his family, in no pain, with no fear. His last actions were to give a thumbs up to his brother and say, "I'm good". That wouldn't have happened without that advocate's loving work. And that is now what Obamacare means to my family.

Mark E. Anderson wrote a diary today about his first experience with Obamacare being a free physical. When I read it, I knew I had to share my experience. I hope others will continue the trend. This program is about to change our lives. We should document the experience.

No matter what else the President does or does not do, I will always be grateful for this.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/21/1232709/-And-here-s-my-first-experience-with-Obamacare

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FourScore Aug 2013 OP
Th1onein Aug 2013 #1
Little Star Aug 2013 #2
one_voice Aug 2013 #3
rocktivity Aug 2013 #4
EC Aug 2013 #5
FourScore Aug 2013 #7
EC Aug 2013 #8
FourScore Aug 2013 #6
Cha Aug 2013 #9
Pretzel_Warrior Aug 2013 #10
Scurrilous Aug 2013 #11
Grammy23 Aug 2013 #12

Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 09:10 AM

1. Yes. Yes. Yes.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 09:17 AM

2. k&r

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 09:21 AM

3. Very good...

as it should be.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 09:22 AM

4. "Obamacare" -- wasn't that supposed to be a four-letter word?


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 10:02 AM

5. Obama said he likes it

because it means he cares. He turned it on the repubs.

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Response to EC (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 12:47 PM

7. Yeah, I like the way he did that. n/t

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Response to FourScore (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 01:27 PM

8. I did too.. n/t

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 11:30 AM

6. kick

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 04:12 PM

9. Thanks FourScore for bringing over tb92's story

on Obamacare!

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 04:25 PM

10. KICK!!!

 

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 09:06 PM

11. K & R

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 10:40 PM

12. And it is stories like this that really scare the Republicans and their ultra right wing....

We've pretty much known this all along that once people got to actually see the program in action and could benefit from the changes that are coming our way, most people would gladly embrace it, warts and all. Yes, none of us is so blind that we don't anticipate there will be rough patches in this program as it rolls out. But on the whole, I think most people will eventually realize that it can really help us. Unfortunately many Americans have had a steady diet of negative comments and predictions by the Republicans, who know that lots of people are "low information" kind of people. They take a comment or two and believe it because it came from some "authority" figure. And surely if it came from Obama, it can't be good.

But the time for them to keep bamboozling the people with their lies and deceptions about what Obama-care is all about is soon going to end and the truth will be known. Patience is what we need, along with lots of encouraging, positive messages in the form of PSAs, pamphlets in the mail....whatever it takes..... explaining to people what they need to do to get enrolled. Once this thing gets rolling, I really don't think there will be any holding it back. Just like Medicare and Social Security, it will be another wildly popular piece of legislation and the only ones with egg on their faces will be the ones who tried to kill it in the cradle.

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