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Obamacare skeptics and opponents took a hit Tuesday when President Barack Obama announced the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) met its goal of seven million signups by Monday night’s deadline with 100,000 to spare — 7.1 million.
“The debate over repealing this law is over,” Obama declared.
That, of course, is wishful thinking on the President’s part.
The debate will not end, particularly in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, which has voted many times over to repeal the law, knowing fully well that move would fail in the Democratically-controlled Senate.
As a professional skeptic, I have a lot of questions about our current President, but that skepticism does not include the Patrient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ACA and/or Obamacare) because it allows my wife to finally get the health insurance she needed to get overdue help on fixing a back injury suffered at work three years ago.
Virginia’s less-than-employee-friendly worker protection laws and an employer who took advantage of every loophole it could find left her without the insurance she needed to deal with the problem. The company even employed a little-known trick in the “Cobra” law that is supposed to allow former employees to keep their health plan and her insurance was canceled by Blue Cross.
Health insurance companies turned her down repeatedly because of the “pre-existing” back condition. The cheapest plan she could find would cost more than $3,000 a month for a single plan since, my age, I was on Medicare with supplemental.
Yet one of the insurance companies that turned her down just six months ago now insures her under the ACA, which took effect on January 1 of this year, and at any rate far lower than what was quoted midway through last year. For three months now, she has been getting the help she needs and the insurance company is footing the bill.
The plan works for her. For us, Obamacare is a program that delivers what is promised and is affordable.
Of course, that puts us at odds who base their opposition to the plan not from personal experience but, instead, to accepting political propaganda as fact.