Having health insurance is amazing. I mean I get it, Obama pisses me off too, but dude…. It is undeniably awesome that I have health insurance for the first time in 8 years.

So I’m slowly getting my health taken care of, and today I addressed the whole abnormal cells thing. Last year I had abnormal pap results and they wanted to give me a colposcopy and possible biopsy, but I didn’t have health insurance and couldn’t afford it. So today I went in and got another pap today. in a week and a half I’ll know if I should continue shitting bricks like I have for the past year, or if I can chill out.

Anyway, they left me in this room where I chilled and took selfies with medical equipment for a while, and then they took me to this other room and told me to strip naked. Then they left me there, naked and freezing my ass off, for 50 minutes LOL. And then the exam was over in 5 minutes and they took me to checkout and they were like “so OHP is covering your visit today, otherwise the bill would’ve been $1000”

Can you IMAGINE paying a grand just to be really fucking cold and naked for an hour, and then to be uncomfortable while they stick things in your vagina for about 5 minutes?

omfg

700,000 Obamacare Sign-ups Already Dropped Their Coverage

Obamacare administrator Marilyn Tavenner admitted that several months after the open enrollment period ended, the number of paying customers has dropped precipitously. 

By August 15, over 700,000 of the administration’s initial “sign-ups” had dropped their Obamacare coverage, Tavenner said in testimony to the House Oversight Committee. The administration has been advertising 8 million sign-ups since the first enrollment period ended in April.

Upon questioning, Tavenner had no details about the reason for the sharp drop, but presumably a large number of the sign-ups failed to ever pay their premiums, as many experts had predicted.

By August, that number does not include the several hundred-thousand-strong that had eligibility problems and will only be dumped from their health coverage on September 30. The Obama administration only just finished verifying the citizenship and immigration statuses of first year Obamacare sign-ups.

The administration will kick another 115,000 customers off their coverage on September 30, after those ineligible customers have been receiving benefits, and possibly tax credits, for up to nine full months. That brings the total number of paying Obamacare customers down to less than 7.2 million at the end of the month.

The vast amount of nonpaying customers presents a serious problem to doctors and other health care providers. The Affordable Care Act requires that Obamacare sign-ups be able to receive health care for at least 90 days, even if they haven’t paid. For the first 60 days, the insurance company is required to eat the cost of the unpaid coverage; for the final 30 days, doctors are forced to provide the free health care.

“The system we have today is an incredibly easily-gamed system,” Rep. Issa said. “700,000 people got a free ride.”

Tavenner said she had no detailed information on the number of people who never paid or received taxpayer subsidies for their coverage and would not provide a time-frame to the Oversight Committee for when CMS would be able to release detailed information.

EXCUSE ME?????? IM NUMBER ONE AND YOU A DAMN C LIST CELEBRITY!!! I WORK WITH THE ELIZABETH KORKOV!!! I FLY FROM PARIS TO LA TO MEXICO IN TWO MINUTES WHILE YOUR BUTT IT STUCK WORKING THE 4 HOUR SHIFT IN MY STORE SO CHIC!!! HOW ARE YOU TOO GOOD FOR ME??? I SHOWER IN DIAMONDS AND MY DRESS WAS FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS WHILE YOU LOOK LIKE YOU BOUGHT YOUR OUTFIT FROM MACKLEMORES THRIFT STORE!!!!

Im all for birth control, but buy it for yourself.

Why should anybody but you have to pay for your birth control? People arent paying for your ibprofin when you get a head ache, people arent paying for your cough syrup (placebo) when you catch a cold, people arent paying for my condoms, but they should be paying for your birth control pill? Especially since taking the pill is a choice (hate to break it to you, but it is) there are a lot of ways you can get it cheaply too. My girlfriend gets it at her college clinic and it doesnt cost very much, so if it’s worth it to you, shell out the money and buy it. safe sex is not a right, it’s a responsibility; if youre not on the pill, and he doesnt have a condom, dont fuck. It’s that easy

A cut finger cost this guy how much?!

New Jersey man Baer Hanusz-Rajkowski recently found out the hard way that the cost of American medicine is totally out of control. Two days after slicing his finger open on the claw end of a hammer, Hanusz-Rajkowski sought medical attention at Bayonne Medical Center’s emergency room when the cut didn’t seem to be healing.

After a brisk visit in which Hanusz-Rajkowski did not see a doctor and did not receive stitches, he got a bill in the mail for $9,000. Essentially, Bayonne charged him months’ worth of pay for some gauze and a tetanus shot.

Here’s the breakdown:

- $8,200 for visiting the E.R.

- $180 for a tetanus shot

- $242 for “sterile supplies” (presumably, the bandage)

- $8 for antibacterial ointment

- Hundreds more for a few moments of the nurse practitioner’s time.

This is all after insurance.

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Affordable Care Act’s Growing List of Tax Implications

The problem with introducing health care reform through changes in tax law is that it sets the ball rolling on the impact of the changes.

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As the Affordable Care Act’s roll-out and implementation moves towards the second year, the tax implications of whatever was done in the first year are only now being felt.

Because the government handed a huge new group of customers to the heath care industry, they’re expected to pay some $8 billion worth of taxes which are due on Sept 30.

This is the first time this tax is being collected, and there’s an unintended consequence – the federal government is taxing itself and forcing state governments to pony up their share to cover the cost of the new tax imposed on the health care industry.

That’s because some private insurers have passed on the cost of the higher taxes to policy holders, and reimbursements for Medicare health plans have been hiked because of the increase in cost to plan enrollees.

States have to pick up part of the increased tab. For example, California’s cost has increased by $88 million, with the federal government paying $48 million and the State chipping in $40 million. In Florida, the cost is $100 million, with a 60-40 split.

Another issue that’s just popped up on the radar is that people who enrolled into a health plan through a federal or state marketplace may possibly face delays in filing their tax returns and getting refunds.

That’s because the HHS and state agencies have to send out Form 1095-A to help those who got their insurance from the marketplace and were eligible for tax credits made available under the ACA. That’s about seven million people.

The HHS has to send out these forms to people from 36 states who signed up through the federal marketplace. The remaining states which established their own marketplace will have to send out the form on their own to those who enrolled using the state’s marketplace and are eligible for tax credits.

Some people will also get too much in subsidies if their financial condition and income improves in the interim. This means the IRS will then be required to grab some of their refund to adjust for the extra health care tax credit granted.

Oh, and this isn’t just about ordinary people. A new “CEO tax” that’s one of the tax code changes introduced in the ACA has already collected tens of millions of dollars.

That’s because the deduction cap for compensation provided to a health care company’s top executives was brought down from $1 million to $500,000, and the new cap includes all forms of compensation including performance bonuses.

According to the Institute for Policy Studies, this new change in the tax law has by itself managed to raise $72 million in additional taxes last year from the 10 largest insurers.  

One Republican mayor just marched 273 miles to Washington in support of Obamacare

Adam O’Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven, N.C., just walked 273 miles in support of Obamacare.

O’Neal is conservative and while he hasn’t fully embraced the Affordable Care Act — “I understand some of the suspicions political leaders in my party have,” he told the Washington Post — his state’s decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid and one tragic death in his community paved the way for a political stand.

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From Bloomberg News: “U.S. health spending in 2019 will be $4 trillion, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said this week, or $500 billion less than the agency projected in 2010 when President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul became law. That announcement followed by a week a report from the Congressional Budget Office lowering its five-year cost estimates.”

Republicans will just shout “socialism” and “Benghazi” and their voters will not remember these facts. Conservatives can not stand positive outcomes delivered by Obama. 

The GOP-led House of Representatives has passed a bill granting House Speaker John Boehner the authority to sue President Obama, the first time the legislative branch has endorsed such a lawsuit. The action will focus narrowly on Obama’s failure to enforce a relatively minor aspect of the Affordable Care Act, which Mr Boehner is clearly on record as saying he opposes anyway .. (story here)

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