Health Care Blog
- Posted byon December 9, 2014 at 2:37 PM EST
"Thank you for the Affordable Care Act. Because of it, I have been able to get health insurance for just about $52 a month."
- Posted byon December 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM EST
"We were just about to be a statistic: being over 50 and experience a decline in work and health simultaneously. I'm sure Obamacare is why we are still in our home today."
- Posted byon December 9, 2014 at 1:56 PM EST
"I was a prime candidate for a major heart attack, and because of the anomalies in my heart's structure, I may not have survived it. I am 110% better, back to work, and out of pain. Health care reform gave me that chance."
- Posted byon December 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST
"Being in a wheelchair is tough enough, but being financially strapped as well makes it even tougher. The $600 a month the Affordable Care Act is saving me will help me greatly."
Twenty-six years ago, Jeff R.'s life changed forever. A car accident left him in a wheelchair, making health care a non-negotiable for him. A resident of Riverside, California, he was paying more than $900 a month for health care.
Now, thanks to the ACA, Jeff's health care plan is costing him $600 less per month than it used to. So he wrote to the President:
"In my 42 years of life, you are the only president that has changed my life in a major way -- being in a wheelchair is tough enough, but being financially strapped as well makes it even tougher. The $600 a month the ACA is saving me will help me greatly. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
- Posted byon December 9, 2014 at 12:03 PM EST
As the Colbert Report winds down to its final episode, Stephen Colbert traveled south to George Washington University last night to sit down with President Obama -- or, as Stephen prefers, the man who once sat down with Bill O'Reilly.
It was a memorable meeting of two great leaders -- one of the free world, the other of "medium cable ratings." They discussed health care reform, the President's recent actions on immigration, climate change, and the presidency vs. punditry.
Of course, the President had the final word -- or decree -- on health care:
Most young people can get covered for less than $100. How is the President going to get that message out to the kids? He could try to appeal to them directly through a speech or a press conference, but young people don’t watch real news shows like this one. They watch comedy shows, and I just don’t see the President going on one of those. They’re beneath his dignity.
Here are a few great exchanges you won't want to miss from last night's interview:
- Posted byon December 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM EST
"The Affordable Care Act has made it possible for my family to be covered at more than a reasonable price."
Jason T. is "just a regular guy with a wife and two kids." A native of Holland, Michigan, Jason wrote a letter to the President simply to tell him that the Affordable Care Act works.
Jason and his family went through a financial upheaval a few years ago, going into bankruptcy and facing foreclosure. Thankfully, he and his family are back on their feet, but they still needed ways to get ahead.
Finding affordable coverage on HealthCare.gov "helped close a huge gap in my finances." So he wrote the President to say thanks, and offer an invitation:
"If you ever find yourself in the Midwest with some time to spare, the Medici or Lou Malnati's Pizza and Garrett's is on my family."