Obama Care First Hand Experience

So, in October I ranted about how crappy the Colorado Health website was and how unprepared for the start-up deadline the state and government were. Out of all fairness I feel the need to add this update. I know I have a lot of Republican friends who are totally against helping people through Obama Care who don’t make enough to pay for mainstream medical insurance so I hope they don’t decide to judge me on my following information. But, so be it.

I have been uninsured for the past 8 years due to the insurance companies considering the Chiropractic induce stroke I had in 2003 as a preexisting condition, even though I had no history of this prior to the injury, and the fact that I have been self-employed for the past 6 years. It turned out to be cheaper to pay the $200 twice a year when I got my bi-annual bronchitis instead of trying to pay the exorbitant premiums. I did H/R for 6 years so I understand that it was a risk to be uninsured if I had a major injury or illness, but I had no choice except to take that risk, and deal with the constant fear and stress this created.

Once the dust cleared with all the ridiculous red tape and non-functioning web-sites I did qualify for Medicaid and as of January 4th I have insurance. I still have not received much information as in literature on what I am covered on, so I’ve not used it until today. I went in for my laryngitis, which turned out to be a sinus infection and bronchitis. In the past 8 years when I’ve gone in to get the same treatment and medication I received today it has cost me between $150 and $200, that is with my doctor giving me a cash discount and using the pharmacy discount card. Today the doctor visit and medication came to $10. For the first time in 8 years I actually feel a weight off of my shoulders about being sick. I am the demographic this plan was meant to help, and I know the Obama Care package is not perfect. But, I am thanking god that there is now something in place to assist people like me. I would not have been able to afford to go to the doctor today had I not had this in place. As much as I hate politics and politicians, I am saying THANK YOU to those individuals who persevered and push through something to help people like me. It may not be perfect or for everyone, but it is a much needed start, and I am eternally grateful.


About Elizabeth Leer

Single mother of 2 young adults, who is on career number 6. Currently own 2 businesses on completely different ends of the spectrum, an injury/sports massage practice and a writing company that does freelance copy writing/blog articles/web-content/technical writing, movie and restaurant reviews and fictional children's literature. I have a business background in IT Beta testing, Marketing, H/R and Office Management and more than 15 years experience in the food industry. Writing is my passion, and writing about my experiences and all the things life throws at us just adds to the fun. I currently write for DenverBlog.com as well as several other sites in addition to my freelance work. Announcement: On 4/18/2013 my new young adult detective novel was released on Amazon, Kindle, and CreateSpace. http://www.amazon.com/Passing-Ships-Are-Always-Quiet/dp/1463661150/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1366420351&sr=8-4&keywords=Elizabeth+Leer View all posts by Elizabeth Leer

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