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Fri Jun 20, 2014, 03:30 PM

Another Obamacare Success Story - And It's Personal

I've already documented my own great experience under the CA Medicaid expansion provided for under the ACA. In short, my high blood pressure is now totally under control (153/85 now down to 122/60) and I'm being treated for a pre-diabetic condition, with changes to diet and some medications.

But today, I want to talk about my wife, who is a cancer survivor of close to 9 years. We were on her COBRA until last summer when the 18-month COBRA window expired. In the final two years of annual check-ups/mammograms, it was recommended that she have surgery to remove a pre-cancerous tissue clump in the breast that had the cancer 9 years ago. We couldn't afford the surgery because the co-pay was ridiculously high (over $5000 a year in premiums paid, but we couldn't afford the out-of-pocket for her to have the surgery). With me not working, we rolled the dice and hoped things didn't take a turn for the worse.

But now we're on Kaiser Permanente through Obamacare, so my wife is going through the usual tests. The condition is still there and is still pre-cancerous. The difference is that under Obamacare, she can now have the surgery AT NO COST TO US. So, she'll have the surgery in July, followed by radiation treatment.

The thing is that KP only has radiation treatments available in LA and Ontario, and she's supposed to go 5 days a week for a couple of weeks. That's a bit much for us living in OC (KP is building a new facility in Anaheim, but it isn't done). However, under CalOptima Medicaid, you are allowed to change your provider every 30 days if you so wish. So, we could simply elect for my wife to go with a provider that offers radiation that's closer to home, returning to KP as provider once the treatments are done. Or, we could see if she can wait on the treatments until the Anaheim center opens. Or, we could see if an out-of-network option was available...which would cost us something.

IMO, this is what Obamacare is all about. Think of the million of Americans who are not able to get the same care that my wife is getting, all because some RW Christian politician is a racist who is keeping the Medicaid expansion from becoming a reality in their state for one reason: Obama is black.

Again, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT!!

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stopbush Jun 2014 OP
Scurrilous Jun 2014 #1
iandhr Jun 2014 #2
Jamaal510 Jun 2014 #9
Cha Jun 2014 #3
Hekate Jun 2014 #4
Doctor_J Jun 2014 #5
stopbush Jun 2014 #8
sunnystarr Jun 2014 #6
MineralMan Jun 2014 #7

Response to stopbush (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 03:43 PM

1. Thanks.

K & R

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Response to stopbush (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 03:57 PM

2. Hey Manny

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And every other person on this site who calls the ACA a cooperate sellout. Maybe you should read the OP's story and stop bashing the law for not satisfying your purity standards

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Response to iandhr (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 03:55 PM

9. +1

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Response to stopbush (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:11 PM

3. Happy for you, stopbush!

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Response to stopbush (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:37 PM

4. So happy for you and your wife!

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Response to stopbush (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 10:56 PM

5. Such care would also be available if we had Medicare For All

 

or if we could get health care without the 500 billion dollar middle men. I am happy that you and your wife are being helped. But there are still 40 million people with no healthcare, and lots more who can't afford the co-pays and deductibles associated with Heritage Care. On the bazillion-to-1 that happens in my lifetime, I will thank that president.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 02:42 PM

8. Many still don't have healthcare not because of the ACA, but because RW assholes

won't allow the Medicaid expansion in their states.

A few million here, a few million there begins to add up.

BTW - you sound like one of those who would PREFER that my family NOT benefit from the ACA because it isn't am all-encompassing solution. My feeling is that nothing good ever happens in one fell swoop. It takes time. We're on the road to single-payer. Stories like mine are part of the narrative that will get us there.

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Response to stopbush (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 01:20 PM

6. I so love good news!!

My best to you both. So awesome!

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Response to stopbush (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 01:24 PM

7. I'm very glad it's working out for you and your wife.

While single-payer would be better, what you have is now working, where it did not before.

Thank you, Mr. President, for making it better for these people.

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