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A friend of mine just shared this on Facebook (and tagged a shitload of people) captioned as such: 

"If Obummer sees what were [sic] all posting anyhow then this is so crazy it just might work. Imagine his suprise [sic] when the I.R.S. hands him a stack of posts from all walls in America. Oh wait they won’t bcuz all the emails get lost lol!"

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck….. I just don’t even know what to say to this tomfoolery. I quit.

A friend of mine just shared this on Facebook (and tagged a shitload of people) captioned as such:

"If Obummer sees what were [sic] all posting anyhow then this is so crazy it just might work. Imagine his suprise [sic] when the I.R.S. hands him a stack of posts from all walls in America. Oh wait they won’t bcuz all the emails get lost lol!"

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck….. I just don’t even know what to say to this tomfoolery. I quit.

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cherubi-pie asked: Hi, I was directed to you to ask a question about the ACA and birth control. I have private insurance (United Healthcare) through my father's employer. Should the ACA affect the price of my birth control? Today when I went to pick up my pills (first time this year), the price had gone up $50 because my father's plan changed. I'm not sure if you can offer me any insight about my problem, but I can't get in touch with my insurance company for a couple days. Thanks for anything you can tell me!

Most forms of birth control under the Affordable Care Act and private insurers are free. However, there’s fine print — just like with anything else. According to information from Planned Parenthood, health insurance plan providers are allowed to limit the coverage to certain generics and require co-pays and payments for brand names. It looks like United Health Care is one such company. This covered drug list from 2013 lists only generic hormonal contraceptives [pdf]. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay some or all of the cost according to a tiered payment schedule, according to their most recent 2012 release [pdf].

Here’s their explanation, from the pdf above:

Contraceptives on our Preventive Care Medication List are covered at 100 percent when age- and gender-appropriate, prescribed by a health care professional and filled at a network pharmacy.

If you’ve filled at the same pharmacy, it’s probably in-network, but you can check on that as well. 

If the plan your father has is a high deductible plan, the plan will require members to pay full price until the deductible is reached for non-covered contraceptives (read: likely not generic). Here’s more information from their site [pdf]:

For employers who currently offer a high-deductible or consumer-driven health (CDH) plan, the same contraceptives on the Preventive Care Medication List will be available at no cost to employees. However, for CDH plans, if members desire a contraceptive not on this list, they will need to pay the full cost of the product until they reach the plan deductible.

The other issue is that if the pharmacy does not have a new number for the plan or was unable to verify coverage, you may have been charged the cash price. In that case, the pharmacy tech should let you know, although they may not have mentioned it. Check your receipt. Typically, it’ll say how much insurance saved, like this: 

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If there’s nothing there, you probably got charged the cash price. While I can’t tell you what specifically went wrong, the tl;dr answer to your question is overall, no. The ACA will not affect your ability to get birth control for free, it can increase the chances you can get it for free, HOWEVER, your plan has the right to limit to only generic types of birth control. But, they can’t refuse to cover it entirely.

Also, if you’re taking a certain type for health reasons, and you’ve found that only this one certain type of birth control works for you and it’s only available in the brand, you can appeal to your insurance company and your doctor might be able to call them in order to get it approved for you at little to no cost. You’ll probably need to give them a call anyhow, but this should give you a place to start.

I hope this helps!

Cheers,
Meg 

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constantlogic:

varithoughts:

constantlogic:

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darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.
that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.
I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!
Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

"LIES That wasn’t free, my taxes paid for that! Why can’t people just suffer, so our money can go to place I’m not complaining about, like giving money to profitable companies?"

I’m pissed that this has less notes than… well, just about everything. I’ve got a thing about video game console sales figures on my dash that has four times as many as this one. And even that’s not very many notes.People who spent so much time fighting against the ACA should go jump off of a cliff somewhere.

"that came from taxes I paid"
Yeah. What’s the problem?

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I pay taxes, too. And I’d like to see those tax dollars go towards providing health care and lowering costs for all.

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Except of course states are allowed to choose not to expand medicaid, which means if you’re too poor you may not be able to get any coverage!
Let me elaborate.
Living in a state which hasn’t expanded (and in fact seems to have cut it, because last time I checked low income families could get medicaid, but now it’s only if you’re a pregnant woman or have children, with the alternatives being elderly or disabled) … there are no marketplace plans / subsidies for me. My yearly income for my household size is I believe $10-15k too low to get assistance in the marketplace. Literally every plan available to me would cost more than I make per year.
The ‘supposed’ alternative then is to get medicaid. Which, oops, I live in a state that hasn’t expanded it … so guess what? There’s literally no plan for me. Since the states can choose not to expand it, in certain states - mine fucking included - the poorest people still have literally no assistance.
So while I’m glad something has been done to assist some people, ACA isn’t the way to go. Forcing insurance on people? Fucking ridiculous and full of options and loopholes to ensure that the people in the worst situations (a la being destitute in a shitty state) still don’t have any options.
"Insurance" isn’t even remotely the way this should be handled. It just creates another rift in class levels and allows doctors to get even more money since the feds are footing the bill. Healthcare should be regulated and subsidized - we shouldn’t have people working for the money. We need people who actually care about what they do… and it shouldn’t be fucking impossible to get medication if you’re TOO POOR.
Seriously what the fuck kind of bullshit is that? (Probably just more political manipulation at the expense of the populace.)
I might be bitter because I desperately need to go to a pulmonologist so I don’t fucking die but I can’t. And it takes years to be classified as disabled (even though I do fit one of the definitions as I have chronic bronchitis and severe asthma), so until then I’m just grateful I have someone to drive me to the fucking emergency room so they can keep me hanging on by a fucking thread since this state doesn’t give a rat’s ass about its citizens.

Fucking this. This shit needs to get passed around as much as OP does, because while this is helping some people, this is not the answer we need. 

This is the best summary I’ve seen thus far of serious problems that still exist within the ACA, and why single payer is the best option overall. As a low-income person lucky enough to live in a state that expanded Medicaid, I benefit from the ACA. But healthcare is a right, not something that should come down to the whims of the state legislatures and governors in the U.S. If the ACA included an actual public option or was single payer, you wouldn’t have low income people left out. Even under single payer, insurance is still a thing, but it pays for things above and beyond basic care, meaning if the wealthy still want luxurious health care, great, but they’re paying for that with private insurance. The rest of us would still get basic care, meaning if you need to go to the hospital, the doctor, need an MRI, whatever — you still get that without going broke.I heard a recent report on NPR (I think) on how states that do not expand Medicaid and continue to be hostile to the ACA are going to take a huge hit demographically as young people and low-income workers leave for neighboring states where they aren’t being bankrupted by health care costs. I wouldn’t be surprised. Of course, there are costs to moving, jobs aren’t guaranteed, etc. but all things being equal, if you’re going to be stuck working for minimum wage, you might as well do it where you have more of a safety net.

constantlogic:

varithoughts:

constantlogic:

cognitivedissonance:

soryenn:

lcgccx:

nudityandnerdery:

cognitivedissonance:

darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.

that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.

I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!

Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

"LIES That wasn’t free, my taxes paid for that! Why can’t people just suffer, so our money can go to place I’m not complaining about, like giving money to profitable companies?"

I’m pissed that this has less notes than… well, just about everything. I’ve got a thing about video game console sales figures on my dash that has four times as many as this one. And even that’s not very many notes.

People who spent so much time fighting against the ACA should go jump off of a cliff somewhere.

"that came from taxes I paid"

Yeah. What’s the problem?

Best summary ↑

I pay taxes, too. And I’d like to see those tax dollars go towards providing health care and lowering costs for all.

Except of course states are allowed to choose not to expand medicaid, which means if you’re too poor you may not be able to get any coverage!

Let me elaborate.

Living in a state which hasn’t expanded (and in fact seems to have cut it, because last time I checked low income families could get medicaid, but now it’s only if you’re a pregnant woman or have children, with the alternatives being elderly or disabled) … there are no marketplace plans / subsidies for me. My yearly income for my household size is I believe $10-15k too low to get assistance in the marketplace. Literally every plan available to me would cost more than I make per year.

The ‘supposed’ alternative then is to get medicaid. Which, oops, I live in a state that hasn’t expanded it … so guess what? There’s literally no plan for me. Since the states can choose not to expand it, in certain states - mine fucking included - the poorest people still have literally no assistance.

So while I’m glad something has been done to assist some people, ACA isn’t the way to go. Forcing insurance on people? Fucking ridiculous and full of options and loopholes to ensure that the people in the worst situations (a la being destitute in a shitty state) still don’t have any options.

"Insurance" isn’t even remotely the way this should be handled. It just creates another rift in class levels and allows doctors to get even more money since the feds are footing the bill. Healthcare should be regulated and subsidized - we shouldn’t have people working for the money. We need people who actually care about what they do… and it shouldn’t be fucking impossible to get medication if you’re TOO POOR.

Seriously what the fuck kind of bullshit is that? (Probably just more political manipulation at the expense of the populace.)

I might be bitter because I desperately need to go to a pulmonologist so I don’t fucking die but I can’t. And it takes years to be classified as disabled (even though I do fit one of the definitions as I have chronic bronchitis and severe asthma), so until then I’m just grateful I have someone to drive me to the fucking emergency room so they can keep me hanging on by a fucking thread since this state doesn’t give a rat’s ass about its citizens.

Fucking this. This shit needs to get passed around as much as OP does, because while this is helping some people, this is not the answer we need. 

This is the best summary I’ve seen thus far of serious problems that still exist within the ACA, and why single payer is the best option overall. As a low-income person lucky enough to live in a state that expanded Medicaid, I benefit from the ACA. But healthcare is a right, not something that should come down to the whims of the state legislatures and governors in the U.S. If the ACA included an actual public option or was single payer, you wouldn’t have low income people left out.

Even under single payer, insurance is still a thing, but it pays for things above and beyond basic care, meaning if the wealthy still want luxurious health care, great, but they’re paying for that with private insurance. The rest of us would still get basic care, meaning if you need to go to the hospital, the doctor, need an MRI, whatever — you still get that without going broke.

I heard a recent report on NPR (I think) on how states that do not expand Medicaid and continue to be hostile to the ACA are going to take a huge hit demographically as young people and low-income workers leave for neighboring states where they aren’t being bankrupted by health care costs. I wouldn’t be surprised. Of course, there are costs to moving, jobs aren’t guaranteed, etc. but all things being equal, if you’re going to be stuck working for minimum wage, you might as well do it where you have more of a safety net.

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On the Affordable Care Act and Your Questions

So I have a shitload of asks right now, and I will be answering a bunch of questions this weekend, BUT I’m also offering to answer your questions as best as I can about the ACA. If you have a question like, “How do I sign up?” make sure you include your state, or else I can’t answer as specifically as I’d like.

Also let me know if you have tried to sign up yet. Some of you sending bitchy asks about not having health care but you’re wayyyy broke — well, come to find out in conversation you haven’t even checked if you’re eligible yet. Feel free to give me specifics, and we’ll see for which subsidies or programs you might be eligible.

Send me your ACA questions until 12:01 AM PST Sunday. I’ll answer them or if I can’t, direct you to where I think you CAN get answers. One question per person please! If you want me to answer it privately, let me know, or I will answer it publicly. Other than that, I’ll do my best! I’m not an expert, but I’ve done a significant amount of research and helped a lot of people sign up. I know the ACA has problems, it’s not working for everyone, it’s just a start, but it’s working for me. Hopefully I can help some of you folks get this healthcare shit figured out.

Cheers,
Meg

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bernish-ops:

cognitivedissonance:

darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.
that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.
I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!
Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

Actually, Obama care reduces the deficit.

Watch this video linked above about how the ACA reduces the deficit! It’s incredibly informative AND well done. Then forward to your auntie that keeps sending you the annoying email forwards about death panels.

bernish-ops:

cognitivedissonance:

darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.

that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.

I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!

Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

Actually, Obama care reduces the deficit.

Watch this video linked above about how the ACA reduces the deficit! It’s incredibly informative AND well done. Then forward to your auntie that keeps sending you the annoying email forwards about death panels.

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darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.

that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars. 

I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!

Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.

that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.

I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!

Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

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I’ve had a wicked sore throat and a cough for two days now.

But if this gets any worse, I can actually go to the doctor now since I signed up under the Affordable Care Act and qualified for Medicaid. There’s several providers in my area, and most have same-day appointments. If I need any prescriptions, those are covered too. I haven’t had coverage like this since I was in the military.

So yeah… That durn Obamacare…

THANKS OBAMA!

P.S. If we had single payer, the question of qualifying for Medicaid would be moot. ALL citizens would be covered.

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rd922:

My new best friend.

Luckily, under the Affordable Care Act, treatment for chlamydia will be cheaper. And if there’s a nearby Planned Parenthood, people with chlamydia can get treated at little to no cost. That is, if Republicans stop defending the organization willy-nilly because maybe babies.And it’s obvious Rep. Steve Stockman is a little confused. Most cases of chlamydia are contracted by people engaging in an activity they enjoy — having some kind of sexual contact. They typically have engaged in unsafe sex, though you can still can precautions and get an STI. Signing up for the Affordable Care Act, last I knew, wasn’t anything like sex. Yes, it’s boring, it takes awhile, and you just sort of sit there until you’re done.Wait… Maybe Rep. Stockman is just having really terrible sex. Anyhow….Signing up for the Affordable Care Act is something that people do once, and it is the law. Having sex is something people usually do more than once and there’s no law saying you have to have sex. But if you do, and get an STI or pregnant, the ACA will provide treatment or prenatal care. Planned Parenthood too — they provide counseling on all options with unintended pregnancy.Finally, he also misunderstood the idea of “popular” — unless he knows of people personally who do the sexy times on the regular thinking, “Ooh, I hope this is the one who gives me chlamydia!”

rd922:

My new best friend.

Luckily, under the Affordable Care Act, treatment for chlamydia will be cheaper. And if there’s a nearby Planned Parenthood, people with chlamydia can get treated at little to no cost. That is, if Republicans stop defending the organization willy-nilly because maybe babies.

And it’s obvious Rep. Steve Stockman is a little confused. Most cases of chlamydia are contracted by people engaging in an activity they enjoy — having some kind of sexual contact. They typically have engaged in unsafe sex, though you can still can precautions and get an STI.

Signing up for the Affordable Care Act, last I knew, wasn’t anything like sex. Yes, it’s boring, it takes awhile, and you just sort of sit there until you’re done.

Wait… Maybe Rep. Stockman is just having really terrible sex. Anyhow….

Signing up for the Affordable Care Act is something that people do once, and it is the law. Having sex is something people usually do more than once and there’s no law saying you have to have sex. But if you do, and get an STI or pregnant, the ACA will provide treatment or prenatal care. Planned Parenthood too — they provide counseling on all options with unintended pregnancy.

Finally, he also misunderstood the idea of “popular” — unless he knows of people personally who do the sexy times on the regular thinking, “Ooh, I hope this is the one who gives me chlamydia!”

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College student calls Ted Cruz out for lying about him in anti-Obamacare speech

Bravo! There’s this odd delusion on the right about Obamacare. I talked about getting laid off in 2003 — TEN YEARS AGO — on Facebook, and immediately someone swooped in to blame Obamacare for my layoff “and all the others coming down pipes.” Obamacare was not a thing 10 years ago. It’s not even been implemented fully. 

I just don’t know what to say to that other than pointing out it’s actually impossible for something that passed almost a decade later to affect events in the past. BECAUSE THEY’RE IN THE PAST.

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