MARCH 28, 2012 12:39PM

Open Call: Your Obamacare stories

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Two years after the president signed it into law, Obamacare is beginning to have a big impact: Millions more young adults are insured; prescription costs for the elderly are on the decline; and children with preexisting conditions can no longer be denied coverage. Yet, as Andrew Leonard detailed in Salon on Tuesday, it's at this very moment when the legislation is starting to extend coverage and reduce costs that the Supreme Court seems determined to destroy it.

As the justices debate constitutionality of the legislation, we want to know how the law is affecting regular Americans. Has the Affordable Care Act changed you or your family's healthcare experience? Tell us about it here on Open Salon.

Be sure to tag your posts "My Obamacare story." Please note that by using this tag you're giving us permission to cross-post your piece, in part or in its entirety, on Salon.

UPDATE: Check out Cedar and  Janine's stories on Salon. 

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Wow. No sooner does Tink wonder where Ed I Tor has been, and here you are! Obamacare ... hmmm ... I've got no story. However, when the Feds subsidized COBRA, I was able to take advantage of that last year.
Glad to see this. Thank you.
"that the Supreme Court seems determined to destroy it."
Whoa!!! Sounds to me like there's a pre-existing editorial agenda or a certain editor needs to go back and review Political Science 101 notes on separation of powers and what indeed the Supreme Court does.
...although you got it right when you said: "As the justices debate constitutionality of the legislation"
At the age of 23 my daughter obtained her first high school teaching job; because of California budget woes she teaches 5 periods, has a pretty decent salary BUT no health benefits. I tell everyone thanks to Obamacare she is covered by our health insurance and was able to get her foot in the teaching door.
After 5 years living outside the US ( in so-called "3rd-world" countries, where I enjoyed excellent, cheap healthcare), I returned shortly before the ACA passed. Thanks to Obamacare, I've so far received: a) two free flu vaccinations, b) a free shingles vaccine, c) a free colonoscopy, and d) a free general check-up. I do have health insurance (with a very high deductible), but all those things are preventative under the ACA and are therefore covered.
Talk about a biased into for a story "Just when it's starting to work ...and reduce costs..." Where did this reporter go to school?? This is supposed to be a discussion. The story could have just as easily stated "Just as premiums are at record highs, and American's are on the verge of losing their freedom in making their healthcare choices forever, the Supreme Court has the opportunity to end this madness" ... Now, tell us how Obamacare is positioned to ruin your life???
Kids like my 24 year old daughter who'll soon graduate w/a master's degree and juggles multiple part-time jobs with no health benefits now have breathing room. Today, Obamacare allows them to remain on their parents' policy until they're 26. A little latitude to make student loan repayments and get their careers started.

Kids like my 23 year old daughter with Spina Bifida will no longer be denied coverage for their pre-existing conditions. Their days as hostages to health insurance companies and victims of unconscionable premium hikes are coming to an end. They'll have CHOICES.

Parents of children with disabilities will no longer be tied to jobs, terrified to switch and risk coverage gaps. Under Obamacare, they have the luxury of CHOICE. The freedom to pursue new job opportunities and greater fulfillment.

And, [my personal favorite], Blue Cross et all will finally face competition. Real competition. The kind of competition that every other corporation in America faces for the privilege of doing business in our dynamic and wonderful free market economy. Now they must compete for my business. Which means they must offer competitive rates and superb service. Or fail. What a novelty! For decades their favorable anti-trust exemptions allowed them to run extortion rackets and gouge individual subscribers like me with absolute impunity. Incredibly un-American! Obamacare removes the preferential treatment and forces health insurance providers to operate in true free market conditions. A fact that appears to elude the comprehension of ACA foes. Already I'm feeling the benefits in the form of lower premium hikes and a more attentive insurance provider.

All credit goes to a man with the courage, strength and smarts to take this vital first step and infuse compassion and competition into a sclerotic system. It's not perfect, but it's a start. No former president had the guts to do this. I salute President Barak Obama for his intelligent leadership. Change indeed.
Kids like my 24 year old daughter who'll soon graduate w/a master's degree and juggles multiple part-time jobs with no health benefits now have breathing room. Today, Obamacare allows them to remain on their parents' policy until they're 26. A little latitude to make student loan repayments and get their careers started.

Kids like my 23 year old daughter with Spina Bifida will no longer be denied coverage for their pre-existing conditions. Their days as hostages to health insurance companies and victims of unconscionable premium hikes are coming to an end. They'll have CHOICES.

Parents of children with disabilities will no longer be tied to jobs, terrified to switch and risk coverage gaps. Under Obamacare, they have the luxury of CHOICE. The freedom to pursue new job opportunities and greater fulfillment.

And, [my personal favorite], Blue Cross et all will finally face competition. Real competition. The kind of competition that every other corporation in America faces for the privilege of doing business in our dynamic and wonderful free market economy. Now they must compete for my business. Which means they must offer competitive rates and superb service. Or fail. What a novelty! For decades their favorable anti-trust exemptions allowed them to run extortion rackets and gouge individual subscribers like me with absolute impunity. Incredibly un-American! Obamacare removes the preferential treatment and forces health insurance providers to operate in true free market conditions. A fact that appears to elude the comprehension of ACA foes. Already I'm feeling the benefits in the form of lower premium hikes and a more attentive insurance provider.

All credit goes to a man with the courage, strength and smarts to take this vital first step and infuse compassion and competition into a sclerotic system. It's not perfect, but it's a start. No former president had the guts to do this. I salute President Barak Obama for his intelligent leadership. Change indeed.
Postscript to earlier comment: Glad to see the Obama Administration co-opting the term 'Obamacare' in their speaking points. Smartly turning what ACA foes intended as an ugly pejorative into a label with such positive implications. Strange that some would find something pejorative about the notion of 'caring' or 'care'.
Stim, Ed I Tor reads me!! SHE READS ME!! Teehee!!

Just kidding, I had a private investigator ask her where the hell the Open Calls were!!! She responded by sending an assassin after me!!

What? :D
Emily - where do yo get your facts? My private employee insurance tends to go up a small bit on premiums each year.
The change from 2010 to 2011 was 50%.
Why do you think my employee needed to do that?
Costero - Your post reads as if ACA provided your preventative care outside of your private insurance?
Can you explain that to me? Was you insurer required to add these benefit under ACA?

My insurance has always paid for exactly the things you describe regardless even if I have not met the deductible.
Are your sure ACA had anything to do with it?
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