Two weeks ago, I had three different medical appointments scheduled (I’m trying to figure out if I am a hot medical mess). I was sort of depressed because my new co-pay is $25. I wasn’t looking forward to paying nearly $100 in one day. Yeah, I have a medical spending plan in place, but I have to wait to be reimbursed. Ok, so I’m not so great at the waiting part.
Well, to my disbelief I didn’t have to pay co-pays for any of the visits because they were considered preventative care thanks to the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or what Republicans like to derisively call Obamacare. Either way, I think many Americans who pay for health insurance (which keeps going up either in premiums or co-payments) will be getting the same nice surprise I got.
Today, I read the article “Health Care Reform: Undoing Obama’s Health Law Could Have Messy Ripple Effects” by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar on the Huffington Post; and the “messy ripple [effect]” will mostly be people angry about losing the benefits they like. It’s hard for me to believe that people will willingly want to give up:
- “better Medicare prescription benefits” which includes “annual [prescription] discounts averaging about $600”
- ” preventive care with no co-payments”
- “coverage for young adults up to age 26 on a parent’s health insurance”
Republicans and the Tea Party love to call the healthcare reform Obamacare only because they want to take the focus off the fact that it will protect people from being abandoned by their insurers or not even be able to afford the care that is offered. Referring to the reform by the correct name, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, would only remind Americans of the benefits they do like.
And heaven forbid we do that!