My impassioned “72-year-old” friend (who is now 76, but who’s counting?), who goes by the Twitter name @42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings about the Affordable Care Act. I am more than happy to oblige.
But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:
Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.
Now for his Special Comment:
Eye Opening Experience
The other night I went out to dinner with another couple to our favorite family-owned Italian restaurant. We have been customers for over 13 years, and during that time have gotten to know the family and workers on a personal basis.
While having dinner, I was discussing Obamacare with my friend when the waitress, who has worked at the restaurant for at least 10 years, approached and wanted to ask us about the health care law.
She said she'd heard a lot a negative things about the program and had no idea what to do. Being customers for so many years, we knew the waitress had undergone a double mastectomy about three years ago.
We asked her a series of questions:
* Did she have medical coverage? Yes, but through a special program for cancer victims.
* Did her husband have medical coverage? No, has a pre-existing condition.
* Did her children under 26 years old have medical coverage? No.
* Was their joint income below a certain dollar level? Yes.
We told her that under Obamacare, her whole family would be covered, even those with pre-existing conditions, including children up to the age of 26.
In addition, her family would most likely be eligible to receive a subsidy due to her family income level, which will lower the yearly premium costs. We also informed her about annual exams she will be able to have where no co-pay was required.
She was unaware of any of the information we told her. We advised her how to find out about the various health insurance programs available in the state of Nevada along with how to find more information. We offered our services if she had any questions in deciding the type of programs that would meet her family needs, the premium to be paid, and any possible subsidy available.
Until this happened I was really unaware, on a personal basis, how uninformed Americans are about Obamacare and the benefits that are available to them. It was an eye opening experience for me and made me wonder how many other Americans are totally unaware of the Affordable Care Act and how it can benefit them.
Many thanks again for another thorough, relevant piece, @42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.
AND SPEAKING OF INFORMING THE UNINFORMED: I'm collaborating with @CACalls on a new BLUNT video. We're looking for short videos, NO MORE THAN 30 SECS, in which YOU answer the question "Why Do I Love Obamacare?" We must receive them no later than next Wednesday. Details here. This is an opportunity to stop complaining about negative
Obamacare press and do something.