In Praise of the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

21 Jun

Let me just say that when people refer to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as “Obamacare”  I’m not offended as a supporter of the act.  I’m sure all the congressmen who are receiving calls and e-mails of gratitude from Democrats and Republicans alike aren’t offended.  And finally, I doubt the President is offended.

Since the beginning of the year, I have had around 10 medical appointments and I think I’ve only had to pay  co-pays for 2 or 3 of these appointments because they were mostly preventive care appointments.  A few years ago I had surgery for endometriosis and fibroids, so I have ultrasounds whenever my doctor thinks the fibroids are returning.  Although the masses she feels are most likely fibroids they could always be something else like cancer, so we have to check.

In all, I have saved around $500 because with “Obamacare” Americans no longer have to pay co-pays for preventative care.  For Mitt Romney, that might be pocket change, but for an average American, that might be a good part of your rent or mortgage.  And yes Mitt, regular Americans can actually find some place to live for less than you pay each month on a Cadillac.  Yeah, I know…it’s totally amazing.

But really, this is money that I could have scraped together or charged on a credit card, but in the midst of being thoroughly stressed about if I might need surgery or have new issues, this was a relief.  Hopefully, Americans who receive preventative care like women who have their yearly gynecological checkup will appreciate not having a co-pay.

I’m sure all the Americans like me who face multiple appointments to check on previous ailments or diagnose new issues will appreciate one less thing to worry about.

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Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Politics, Social Commentary


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