RANT: Another “untrue” storey about Obamacare

“There are plenty of horror stories being told (about Obamacare) all of them are untrue.”

– Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), February 25th, 2014

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Sorry, but I know at least one is true.

A dear friend of mine has had no health insurance for a long time. (It’s expensive. She says she can’t afford it. I believe her.)

She developed sciatica. Very painful. 

Tried to tough it out but it didn’t get better. 

Spent several hundred dollars at Urgent Care to get drugs that made it tolerable.

Obamacare comes and she starts researching. She finds a policy with a 350$ month payment  and 2,500$ deductible. She’s hurting so she figures to “economize”. (Don’t know how that’s going to work.)

She investigates because the 2,500 has to be spent in network. Finds doctors locally who are in network.

Buys the insurance. (Not without its own saga. But it’s just long waits, misinfo, and general administrivia. Not very entertaining.)Then tries to book the appointment. 

She finds that all of the locals don’t do backs, only do kids, or only elbows and knees.

She’s forced to find someone.


Goes to an out of network Ortho who says he needs an MRI to diagnose her.

Now she has to find a GP in network who will agree to rewrite the out of network ortho’s order for the MRI so she can now try and find an in network MRI place so that when she pays it counts towards her deductible.


Anyone care to say nice things about Obamacare. She voted for him because he promised Health Insurance.

(I bit my tongue to keep from saying “how is that working out for you”.)

Needless to say she is <past tense synonym for urine output> off and wondering why she paying for insurance that is any good. 

I did point out she get free birth control. She was NOT amused!

(I was!)

I can’t wait to hear more.


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