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Republicans Asked For ‘Obamacare Horror Stories.’ It Didn’t Go Well.

6:42 am - 07/05/2017

That sure didn’t go as planned.

Indiana Republicans called for people to share “ Obamacare horror stories” on social media, but the only horror many people expressed was at the idea of losing it if the GOP repeal plan passes Congress.

The post drew thousands of replies on Facebook and dozens on Twitter, and the vast majority had the opposite of “horror” stories.

Instead, they recounted how the Affordable Care Act had helped them, and urged Republicans to keep it in place.

Here are some of those responses:

“Obamacare means that my baby who fought leukemia and woncan’t be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition,” wrote Heather E. Denise-Kill. “Obamacare means she gets the care she needs and we don’t have to chose between her health and keeping our home.”

Polly Woke (@PollyWokeUp) tweeted at 4:59 PM on Mon, Jul 03, 2017:
The real horror story was before the ACA when I wasn't covered for a pre-existing condition. #obamacare #aca

“I started my own company since the ACA passed,” wrote Keith Cruz. “I know quite a lot of others who have done the same thing now that affordable healthcare is not tied to an employer.”

Ron Mead (@RonMead79) tweeted at 0:42 PM on Mon, Jul 03, 2017:
ACA worked well for me. Great service/support. Great docs/hospitals. Please appropriate more $$ to improve online experience-that would help

“As a breast cancer survivor I was dropped by 2 insurance companies before joining ICHIA, Indiana’s high risk pool,” wrote Janet Rhodes Chilton. “ Obamacare was such a huge relief!! Not only was the cost of my insurance about 10% of what I had been paying monthly for over a decade, I actually got to see doctors and physical therapists to fix long neglected medical problems.”

Rachael (@gnrhippie) tweeted at 9:21 PM on Mon, Jul 03, 2017:
Side note: cancer at 25 on parents insurance thanks aca. Can still get insurance. Not dead or bankrupt: the horror

“My ‘horror’ story is that I’m able to get the care I need for a disabilitywithout worrying about pre-existing conditions restrictions, lifetime limits, and irrational denials of coverage or non-renewals because I use my benefits,” wrote Tim Vermande.

K Saxon (@KateSharpUSA) tweeted at 5:46 PM on Tue, Jul 04, 2017:
Obamacare enabled me to get insurance despite a preexisting condition. The exchange allows my daughter to afford the cost of insurance.

“My aunt was self employed and went years with no coverage. With Obamacare she got a colonoscopy that revealed 17 polyps,” wrote Heather Long. “These were removed and her life was saved.”

RealSJB (@RealSJB) tweeted at 8:23 PM on Tue, Jul 04, 2017:
My dad got all his medicine for free instead of having to pay for it! The horror!

“My horror story is that my elderly parents are no longer denied coverageor have to pay obscene premiums & they have peace of mind they won’t go bankrupt,” wrote Jennifer Myers.

“My daughter is able to get her hearing checked regularly to keep her hearing aids programmed correctly so she can excel in school,” wrote Sarah Lawrence.

I have insurance despite having pre existing conditions, and I can afford my seizure medication! Thanks Obamacare...or officially known as the Affordable Care Act.”


I just LOVE it when Republicans trip themselves up with their own stupidity! The Facebook page (linked in the second paragraph and elsewhere) has tons more cool "horror stories."

lightframes 5th-Jul-2017 06:17 pm (UTC)
Man, what a mess.

I just called Marco Rubio's office and asked for him to oppose the AHCA. I know people are having differing experiences but the guy who answered the phone was pretty nice - he just sounded like he's already taken hundreds of the same message lol
arekearu 5th-Jul-2017 07:21 pm (UTC)

Rubio. Ugh. I live in MS but am FL resident. Though I'm covered under Tricare I still need to call.

soleiltropiques 7th-Jul-2017 08:02 pm (UTC)
Wow this is incredible. All of these stories from people are just incredible.

And health care is a basic human right. End of story.

As a Canadian who knows just how lucky we are with our health care system (yes, I know it's far from perfect, but when I think of and read about the alternative it's a no brainer).

I mean, this is the difference: roughly two years ago I fell on some ice and hurt my ankle. I couldn't walk on it all because of the pain so I knew there was a good chance it was broken. I went to the ER where I had an X-ray that showed it was broken & got a cast. I was referred to see an orthopedist which took only a week. The orthopedist recommended surgery so that I wouldn't have difficulty walking later on in life. It was considered pretty emergent surgery so I was called and operated on the next day.

...Which cost me 0.00$.

That's what a decent health care system does.

(The postscript is that I LOVE walking. I regulary take long walks. So having pain while walking would really have been terrible for me!)

Edited at 2017-07-07 08:03 pm (UTC)
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