I can only speak for myself when I say I am tired of being bombarded by manipulative fear-based-angry-to-change messages about affordable healthcare in this country, as I sit here with the government owing me $.23 per my hours of work. For most of my career, I have worked as an independent contractor in communications. I did not make a consistent fair salary even when I staged a killer-comeback for my ex-husband, a former Olympian. All that to say, so there I was the night of the Emmy's, looking good but in cash flow hell and without a dime of healthcare insurance. My Cobra had run out and to keep up the benefits would have cost $600 plus per month even for a healthy, single boomer woman. So I waived having healthcare coverage which I do not recommend.
In 1993 when Hilary Clinton was First Lady. she introduced a healthcare reform plan and was brutally attacked by the opposition (including the powerful drug company lobby) "for having the audacity" to make the effort. Our country has been moving toward affordable healthcare for some time now: this is not a new effort. What is different is this time it became law: flaws and all.
I know I am not alone when I ask, is it more important to pay my rent/mortgage or pay a monthly healthcare premium? Many working class people have had to make the either or decision on many items: do I do this or that? Been there. But there is no longer a this or that with healthcare. We have to find a way...
That is why I am urging all people, but especially working class women, to ask more questions about how this plan WORKS for you. Everyone who applies, including people with pre-existing health issues, can get coverage.
There are plans in place that may subsidize some portion of the insurance for single employees making from $11,490 - $ 45,960 per year and employees with 3 dependents the yearly income range is $23,550 - $94,200. The government will look at things like household income, family size and ages and where you live.
I am not an expert. But one thing I know, is we really have to pay attention and check things out for ourselves albeit Obamacare or other issues. The Government Marketplace opens October 1, 2013 for enrollment. For now, I believe, Obamacare offers the best healthcare solutions available to us and our families. This plan will give us options in navigating wellness and health challenges: especially with the long life span of women.
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