Tell Us Your Obamacare Story

posted at 8:01 am on February 4, 2014 by Patrick Ishmael

Over the last year Hot Air, the Show-Me Institute and many, many others have dug deeply into the Affordable Care Act, looking at what the law actually says and whether, even by its own standards, the law’s reality has matched its hype.

But one thing that is often missing are the stories — and more to the point, your stories.

We want to hear what you have to say about the law and its personal impact on you — how it’s affected you, your friends, and your families. What worries you about the ACA? How has your health care been affected? And what would you change about the health care system in America? What does genuine health care reform look like to you?

The floor is yours. Thanks for your participation! Feel free to share this page with your friends; we want to know their stories, too. (And one quick shameless plug: If you’d like to learn more about what the Show-Me Institute does, please Like us with the widget below.)

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…they will not have a story from me!

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Welcome back Patrick!

cmsinaz on February 4, 2014 at 8:05 AM

D*mmitts,..I’m in Canada!

canopfor on February 4, 2014 at 8:07 AM

22044 on February 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Tell Us Your Obamacare Story

I got my cancel notice before the rollout of the website…
I will be without insurance late this year…

And it will remain so..
‘Cause I will not prostitute myself to Obama..

Electrongod on February 4, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Dammit…too early…no coffee yet

Electrongod on February 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

I wouldn’t touch Obamacare with a ten foot pole, too bad I can’t avoid it’s touch.

Mini-14 on February 4, 2014 at 8:49 AM

…they will not have a story from me!

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Well, we are ALL going to have OCare stories whether we are “in the system” or not.

There are very few people who will not be affected by this in some way or other – and most of those who will not are already dead.

climbnjump on February 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

I went shooting yesterday and one grouping was pretty damn bad – DeathCare.

My foot is asleep right now and it’s making me laugh as I try to wake it up – Deathcare.

My boy dropped a lightbulb which shattered on the kitchen floor – DeathCare.

I figure if everything under the sun was Dubya’s fault then everything these days if Dog Eater’s fault.

Bishop on February 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM

You should probably have put a caveat in this process to make sure you have no complicated tax issues, EPA issues, EEOC and or legal issues. if you have any potential issues be prepared for the fallout that will rain on you. It will be ruthlessly efficient to start the process and then ruthlessly inefficient as the process drags out. No accountability whatsoever.

This regime is not much different than any other totalitarian regimes in history. The only difference is that they grind you to death with bureacracy and expenses rather than come to your door and haul you away.

Both are insidious and eat away at the core of a country.

acyl72 on February 4, 2014 at 9:03 AM

I’ve been collecting Obamacare stories, but since it’s not mine I don’t think they will fit. They are three negative and two positive:

1) Religious employee whose health plan is no longer covered and I think is currently uncovered.

2) Multiple elderly relatives who have purchased supplementary insurance because the insurance they had and medicare wasn’t enough.

3) 28 year old co-worker who is doing without insurance altogether and paying the fine because he cannot afford to purchase insurance through the exchanges.

Now the positive stories:
1) Female college student who said she would not have health insurance at all if not for Obamacare, since under the previous plan she “fell between the cracks” between full time employment on the one hand while being ineligible for medicaid on the other. Disability and other medical treatments (NONE of them related to birth control or what not, she lives right) means she can’t go the “pay the fine” route of the guy her age above.

2) A colleague in Texas who claims to ‘owe his life to Obamacare’. Having congestive heart failure , as a 1099 contractor for a software company he would have been SOL if not for the insurance he was able to get on the exchanges.

So from the chair I am sitting in, it is benefiting SOME people and making the lives of other people a living hell. But an accurate determination of the cost and the benefit would have to come from statistics, not from anecdotes.


Brian P.

pendell2 on February 4, 2014 at 9:31 AM

No personal story as yet, but I am sure one may come…

Seen plenty of other peoples stories posted by our lively ‘top of the heap‘ commenters here at HA!

Oh and some that Ed and Allah have also editorialized…way up top from time to time…

Good Morning fellow HAers :)

Scrumpy on February 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Here is another angle on possible security issues w/ the OCare website.

“The U.S. Affordable Care Act software was written in part in Belarus by software developers under state control, and that makes the software a potential target for cyber attacks,” one official said.


The officials said there are serious concerns that the Belarusian software contains malicious code that could be used to covertly route data from the Obamacare website to foreign locations.

Additionally, they suspect the Belarusians planted secret “backdoor” openings to the software that will permit surreptitious entry to U.S. government networks by hackers or spies.

I haven’t yet seen this info confirmed anywhere else yet, so hopefully it will turn out to not be true.

climbnjump on February 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Yeah, here is another way that OCare is going to affect everyone:

Obamacare will push 2 million workers out of labor market: CBO

That will help lift the economy.

climbnjump on February 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM

My wife works for a small digital signage company (hardware and software provider) based in Southern CA.

After a big layoff (mostly in hardware manufacturing where they’ve decided it’s cheaper to outsource now — and, probably not coincidentally, to get them to under 50 employees), all employees received a year-end memo from the founder/CEO/President stating that — owing solely to the UNCERTAINTY inherent in the government’s imposition of the ACA — there would be an indefinite freeze on pay (no raises or promotions) as well as R&D into new lines of business.

Their HR department is scrambling to rework the medical insurance now, but my suspicion is that they intentionally dropped to below 50 employees so they can stop providing medical insurance without having to pay the Employer Mandate penalty …

To paraphrase Alexis de Tocqueville:

“Leftists are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”

ShainS on February 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Are conservatives still allowed to comment here..?

d1carter on February 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Small business policy. Two policy changes since Jan 1. Two huge increases in deductibles and lots of stuff not covered that was covered pre Jan 1. To get a similar pre Jan policy would increase premiums by $500/month. Please be aware if you are buying insurance there is a big difference between aggregate and embedded when it comes to deductibles.

hopeful on February 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM