Obamacare, We Hardly Knew Ye!

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The fate of the Affordable Health Care Act is in the hands of the Supreme Court. Lotsa luck, 50 million uninsured Americans. Don't get your hopes too high, my fellow citizens with pre-existing conditions. C'est la guerre, twenty -or- somethings who have been relying on mom and dad's insurance coverage. The outlook is grim. Alas, among the Supremes, the Conservatives tip the balance.

So where do we go from here? Well, if the mandate doesn't  pass the litmus test, and, as a result, Obamacare is ---to quote Paul Clement,  counsel for the Appellants---an empty shell. The law would  be erased. A victim of partisan politics.  A valiant step forward done in vain. Back to square one.  Back to being the only developed country without a national health care system. Back to being fish in a pond for Big Insurance and PhRMA. Back to that outrageous gap in  health care: outstanding for the Haves; miserable for the Have-nots. Back to all those pitiful failings that existed before Obamacare, such as the  shockingly  high infant mortality rate,  and all the rest. Back to the emergency room-cum-doctor's office for the poor.

This is what the future holds, if the expected happens. It was a good old  college try, Obamacare. But the odds were against you  from the get-go. We hardly knew ye. But the fact is  a 5 beats a 4 every time.

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  • The Affordable Care Act, President Obama's health-care overhaul passed by Congress last year, was designed to make it easier for Americans in situations like Verone's to get health insurance BTW check "Penny.Health" for more information

  • Gah - it makes me sick to my stomach. It's not even good for the "haves"; a few years ago there was a possibility that one of my kids might have a genetic and really serious disorder. (Thankfully this turned out not to be.) Although we have excellent health insurance, most health insurance doesn't cover "ruling out" tests, so we had to fork out hundreds for each individual test that would help eliminate the possibility of this condition.
    More importantly, and an even sadder reflection, every single one of the doctors involved didn't write the name of the condition anywhere on the paperwork or in the system - for fear that my child would never be able to get health insurance in the future. We were literally faced with the dilemma of how much do we put through our health insurance without "blowing our cover".

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