Long time, no post. Time to rectify that. You probably won't like it, though. It's not going to be about writing.
Before I go any further, a statement: The ACA is the law of the land. It was signed into law, it's the law, and it should be funded. And when the inevitable indignant shrieking starts, I am going to point up at the first sentence. It's a dead simple line, and I mean it. I also mean this: for the millions of people it will help, I applaud it.
Personally, f0r me? The ACA is a complete catastrophe that has just removed all my choices but one.
It has taken my nice affordable coverage away. Our household rate is about to go from $480 for myself and my husband annually, for full Kaiser SF coverage with no deductibles and a $15 cap on even my expensive multiple sclerosis meds, to a MINIMUM of $2,984. That price jumps us from $40 a month for the coverage (assuming, of course, that we meet the standard for that particular federal subsidy) to $157. It adds $550 each ($500 deductible, $50 for drug coverage) to the total. And that, of course, is assuming that they don't decide to charge me a thousand for an MRI. Of course, if they do, I ONLY have to pay the $500 out of pocket, oh yay, oh lucky me.
This is because our existing coverage for the past few years, Healthy San Francisco, is not on the ACA's "approved" list of providers.
The reason is simple: it isn't insurance, that is, it does not enrich the insurance industry. HSF is a citywide network of clinics and healthcare providers who provide San Francisco's uninsured with sliding scale coverage. We were grandfathered in with Kaiser because, at the time eight or so years into my MS diagnosis, all my doctors and everything else were at Kaiser. Your experience with HSF may vary, and frankly, I really don't give a damn whether it was good or bad for you. I'm speaking for myself here: it saved my life and my sanity. I can also afford it. I am going to be very hard-pressed to afford six times that amount annually. The idea of losing the team of doctors I've spent time dealing with, bonding with, becoming familiar with, literally makes me contemplate suicide.
None of which I would be blogging about at this juncture - I've already spent a few sobbing hours on the phone with the shiny happy scriptreading zombies who kept telling me how lucky I was to be eligible for their new plan and how they had "good news". Except that, a few hours ago, I got an email from Adriene Bousian at Planned Parenthood, an organisation I fiercely support, and have supported forever. It read as follows:
"“Obamacare care means that being a woman is not a preexisting condition.#GetCovered"
Thanks to anti-women’s health extremists in the House of Representatives the government shut down early Tuesday morning, but that didn’t stop open enrollment! Just a few hours later millions of people who were uninsured, signed up for plans through the ACA marketplace. History in the making!
Deborah, you can be a part of it all by telling us what Obamacare means to you using the #GetCovered hashtag on Twitter.
Tweet your heart out. Add your story and spread the word: Obamacare Works!
Vice President of Public Affairs
Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific
So, I tweeted. As follows:
"#GetCovered I pay $240 annual with Healthy SF. HealthySF not on "approved" list. My rate under ACA rising to $3K annually. No thanks."
Interesting thing: many many tweets have show up since I posted mine. Mine doesn't appear to be there.
So. Would someone care to tell me why this is in any way ethically different from what Rush Limbaugh does when he censors and filters out commentors that disagree with his point of view?
And does anyone else find it ironic that this apparent censorship (the only tweets showing are cheerleading and in favour) comes by way of a tweet request from an organisation dedicated to choice?
Of course, under ACA, I HAVE no choices except the one. HSF is not approved, and will only cover you if you're uninsured anyway. Obamacare drags me screaming and kicking and empties my pockets for six times the annual cost at a minimum, and by forcing me to spent six times my present cost, renders me ineligible for HSF anyway. I'm not really a fan of irony.
Any society or political system or ideology that throws a chunk of its population under a bus in the name of "the greater good" is fascist and filthy. I AM the greater good. So are you. Deal with it.
Oh, my America. Oh, my newfound land.
Causes Deborah Grabien Supports
EMILY's List (early member), Amnesty International (member on two continents for thirty years), Animal Welfare causes (we rescue feral cats), NARAL and...