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Tuesday
Jan142014

Thank you, President Obama

I've spent a good part of today sitting in a hospital room with my oldest son, who will leave in a couple of days with an astronomical hospital bill and no major medical insurance to apply to it.

Because of pre-existing medical conditions, he has been unable to purchase individual health insurance for several years, and his employer did not offer it. The limited indemnity plan he was able to get is aptly named: "limited" is the operative word.

While sitting in his room today, however, we were able to access the healthcare.gov website and with little trouble (other than a slow wifi connection) sign him up for an excellent policy at affordable rates (while deeply regretting we hadn't done so earlier!).

My son has worked hard to complete his college education and some post-graduate work while struggling to find a full-time job that offers an adequate income and any sort of healthcare benefits. He doesn't go around asking the government for help -- but he wouldn't have been able to obtain health insurance if not for the Affordable Care Act. For me, his is the face of why this law, with all of it's growing pains, was sorely needed.

When the "Bridgegate" involving New Jersey governor Christie's staff hit the news last week, Republicans and Democrats alike decried the notion of blocking traffic as a political vendetta against a mayor who didn't endorse their candidate. Yet, a determined passell of politicians in both Washington and right-leaning states has been doing precisely that for the past two years, throwing up every roadblock they could possibly find to sidetrack or delay the Affordable Care Act and embarrass President Obama in the process. 

I know that many of these folk are well-meaning and may have real issues with the law: but there also seems to be an undeniable element of anti-Obamaism involved -- anything to obstruct the president's initiatives seems to be fair game, but it's the hardworking but underserved citizens of our country who've been sitting in the politically contrived traffic jam that, thankfully, is finally beginning to move. 

I for one am grateful for a president whose concern for the citizenry goes beyond posturing to take the risks and do the work of real change that will make an amazing difference for millions of deserving Americans. 

Reader Comments (4)

Here Here!! I very definitely concur! I am another face of the millions who will greatly benefit from this law!! Thank you Mr. President!!

Jan 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy O'Dell

Thanks Tony for your testimony concerning the Affordable Care Act and how it is so needed in providing basic health care insurance for people in grave danger of going without proper medical care because of low income, being under-employed or jobless. I admire any and all people, but particularly politicians who are willing to take a chance and become vulnerable whereby they can help others receive the help they need with the Grace of God. President Barack Obama and several additional politicians have this kind of integrity I admire his compassion for others. Thank God.

I hope your oldest son is soon back on his feet and out of the hospital. It has been a long time since I have seen him so please wish him well for us. Friend, keep speaking your truth of Hope. Let me know if I can be of any support and help to you and your son. Gene

Jan 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGene W. Moore

I had a similar experience in 1957, the year of the Asian flu that took lives where I lived. I had it and wound up in the hospital for days as a result. The school-board had health-care for teachers after 30 days on the job. I got sick on the 25th day, so I had to pay all costs from a schoolteacher's wages—tough. I'm assuming your son is 26+, so your plan wouldn't help, but since the condition had obtained for years I can't understand why enrollment was not activated as soon as possible, thus some benefits, although the deductible on his policy is probably out of sight. The actual aim of Obamacare is socialized medicine—single payer, and in time the insurance companies – getting rich now – will become irrelevant. Obamacare is not about insurance, although bail-outs will soon be necessary for them. It's about government taking control of people's very lives as the insurance companies go under the bus...unless some changes are made. Obama changes the law at will, even though he's sworn to uphold it as written. The Congress might as well be in Philadelphia. Obamacare is actually redistribution of the earnings of those who work, though the U-6 rate by the BLS stands at 13.1% unemployment and rising as folks drop out of the workforce and go on the dole for as long as they can...about forever now. Gates' condemnation of Congress in his new book (just beginning on it) is quite thorough. Hope your son does well and finds a good job in the bargain.

Jan 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJim Clark

Thanks for reading, friends, and for the good wishes.

Jan 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTony Cartledge

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