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Tomorrow is the beginning of the reduced, 45-day open enrollment period to sign up for individual plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Healthcare.gov and the state-run exchanges should be up and running, and as we keep saying, the ACA is pretty damned hard to kill, even though the Trump administration has been trying its darnedest to sabotage the program and confuse people about whether the ACA even exists anymore. Unless there are more big Trump-Russia developments — or maybe especially if there are — expect the day to start with the “presdident” tweeting that the ACA really is dead, because the man can’t stop lying.

The administration’s decision to cut the open enrollment promotion budget by 90% is expected to lead to at least a million people just plain not signing up, for starters. That’s without all the other steps Trump has taken to harm the program. But things aren’t altogether grim for the ACA! In nine of the dozen states that set up their own exchanges, the states are actually running open enrollment past the December 15 cutoff for the federal exchange, for instance. Several states are also spending state funds to offset — at least in part — federal cuts to grants for “navigators” who help people pick a plan that will fit their needs. Nonprofit groups are also working to promote open enrollment, from the plucky Obama HHS veterans running Get America Covered to efforts by big tech companies:

Several tech companies with a wide reach among freelance workers — including Fiverr, DoorDash, Care.com, Etsy and Postmates — aim to reach millions of people through in-app messages, proprietary email lists, blog posts and other social media, said Brent Messenger of Fiverr. “Basically, every communications tool these partners have, we’re going to throw them at this problem,” he said.

All those efforts, of course, are no replacement for a government that actually does its damn job, or at the very least, isn’t actively trying to strangle healthcare for people because it promised it would strangle healthcare. The cuts to navigator groups are deep, and are going to hurt. A lot:

No state took a bigger hit than Indiana, which lost 82 percent of its anticipated funding from HHS’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That is why Julia Holloway, who directs Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana’s navigator program, spent her birthday on Sept. 19 cutting the staff paid through that grant. It left her with one full-time and three part-time navigators, along with several funded through other federal programs, who will serve only Indianapolis and two nearby counties instead of the entire state.

South Carolina will be going from 62 navigators statewide to just 30, and will probably face more cuts for next year. Georgia will lose half of its 42 paid navigators, although it’s trying to get donations and train volunteers to pick up some of the slack. And Ohio, which used to have navigators in all 88 of its counties, has seen over two-thirds of its funding cut, so organizers are trying to persuade libraries to run volunteer signup events.

Take Georgia Republican Senator Johnny Isakson’s comment on the likely effects of this year’s truncated open enrollment as you will:

Maybe this enrollment period will produce the kind of problems necessary to get everybody’s attention that we need to get our house in order, and do the work we need to do to get the program fixed[.]

That would be the same Johnny Isakson who voted for the Senate’s attempts to pass “repeal-and delay” and “skinny repeal” in July, so by “fix” he means “dismantle.”

And yet! It’s not all terrible news. Even in a Trump HHS document that’s aimed at showing how terrible the ACA is, Topher Spiro of the Center for American Progress found yet another surprising indicator of how resilient the ACA has been:

What’s that chart? ENHANCE:

Of course, it’ll be harder for people to find the most affordable plans on their own, because the administration has been working so hard at its fuckery. And when ACA enrollment declines this year, thanks almost entirely to Trump’s sabotage, we can expect him to tout that as proof the program is failing. It’s going to be a shitty few years for people who rely on the ACA for healthcare, but that’s all the more reason to make sure we fight to keep Trump from sabotaging it further. Get out and support efforts to get people enrolled. Call your damned representatives. Elect Democrats, for Christ’s sake. Most important: take care of yourself and stay angry — then put that anger to work.

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  • James Baskin

    If only I needed to enroll, I would.

  • jesuswasablack
  • ManchuCandidate

    Why does Traitor Trump hate US Amercians? Why is he Putin them at risk of losing their insurance? These are valid questions that he should answer.

    • Anna Rompage

      Spite, it’s all about spite, and a propensity for gaslighting opponents…

  • x111e7thst

    yes

  • Vincent Ricola

    Al Franken 2020!!!

    • kaydenpat

      He’d get my vote. Anyone on our side is better than the Orange Bigot.

    • jesuswasablack

      I agree but it won’t happen he’s a liberal Jooooooooo. The first Jewish president will have to be a zionist neo-con in the mold of Bibi or Liberman?

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • BrendaKay

      stealing (and sharing) that!

      • Resistance Fighter Callyson

        Please do!

    • Good sharing. I’m making a Spanish language one, too.
      (I’ve been behind on making alternates )

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

    You had me at Obamacare.

    And the frontal.

  • Bitter Scribe

    I have to go on the exchange tomorrow. Got my fingers crossed that somehow I’ll find a plan that’s as affordable as the one BCBS no longer offers.

    I just don’t understand how “Lost your job? That’ll be $800 a month for health insurance, please” is fair in any civilized country.

    • OrG

      Civilized?

      • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

        Let me rant. Fuck health care. Just look at how modern humans get around. Around the world we are in motorized things that travel at high speeds and we crash into each other with alarming regularity. Fuck seat belts and air bags, how we get around is brutal.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Civilized and fair? HAHAHAHAHAHA. You do know who is our president, right?

    • kaydenpat

      Doesn’t make a lick of sense.

  • clairence

    That chart shows 11% of enrollee plans >$200. But in 2015 that number was only 8%. So the number of expensive plans have increased by a whopping 38%! Failing!!
    /s

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    OT, but someone just posted to my FB that an incident in lower Manhattan has left several people dead. Stay safe, Big Apple Wonkers!

    • Carpe Vagenda

      It was a car accident. Someone drove a Home Depot truck on the bike path and killed two people.

      • Resistance Fighter Callyson

        Aw shit. Thoughts, prayers &etc.

      • shastakoala

        Looks to be a bit more than that.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          He had what the cops are saying was a fake gun, so they shot him, but he’s alive and in the hospital.

          • shastakoala

            Yes but 6 dead, fifteen injured along 7 blocks. They are still trying to figure out what exactly happened tho.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            Wow, really? The last report I saw said two dead and a bunch injured. That’s a really popular bike path, though, and Stuyvesant just let out.

          • IdRatherBeDancing

            yup. I lived near Westside Highway and used that path many many times. I know exactly where it happened

          • Carpe Vagenda

            And of course although none of the first eyewitness reports mentioned it somebody told the Daily Mail that the guy was yelling mooselimb things.

            I guess it’s a good thing NYC makes it hard to get guns.

          • ariel_gee_398

            FWIW, you could do a lot more harm just plowing into a sidewalk around that area than you would on the bike path. So if it was intentional, fortunately the person was bad at it.

          • IdRatherBeDancing

            Actually that bike path is very crowded especially when you get closer to lower Manhattan where the path and street kinda morph into one seamless road and path

          • ariel_gee_398

            Crowded, yes, but people are moving and have some ability to get out of the way, as opposed to the large groups of people waiting to cross at streets on a lot of those corners.

          • IdRatherBeDancing

            ok whatever — I’ve just been on that path about a million times and there is no car traffic on the bike path — hence he was able to barrel down it unimpeded going 50mph for about a mile, according to eyewitness — cannot do the same on the streets in Manhattan way way too much traffic to do anything but inch along. So I’ll agree to disagree that this was some boneheaded plot.

          • IdRatherBeDancing

            one pellet gun but another not yet determined

          • Meccalopolis

            Paint ball and pellet gun. Need York gun laws saving lives

      • kaydenpat

        Terrorism?

        • Carpe Vagenda

          First reports didn’t mention it, but now the tabs are saying he was screaming in arabic.

          • kaydenpat

            Oh. Hadn’t heard that. Not good.

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      at least 6…being investigated as terrorism. Awful eyewitness accounts

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      ugh — reporting that suspect (who is in custody) is Middle Eastern and yelling Ala Akbar as he ran out of the truck — sigh

  • Mr. Blobfish

    President Spite Moobs told you to end the Trump-Russia thing, didn’t he? Now, all must suffer.

    • kaydenpat

      President Spite Boob, you mean.

  • Sheepshagger

    Apropos of nothing, I got a new pen set for my desk. Classy and functional! It’s the Obama of desk accessories. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/39f4d7809d4d27eb18579c60b0fa46802f3fea7e68ac2197d061c5be38615641.jpg

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      Can you sign an executive order to remove Trump?

    • SomeBigRedDog

      May I ask what the purpose of the “e-mailed” stamp is? I mean the whole point of email is that you don’t have a piece of paper requiring a stamp.

      • Sheepshagger

        When I email you something i print a copy and stamp it and write the date in and file it in a physical file. So if there’s an issue in court about whether I did or not I can say with complete confidence that I did. Anal, perhaps, but such is a lawyers life.

        • Opalescent Riddles

          Good. I thought you maybe were stamping it directly on the screen, and I was going to tell you not to do that.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Metric paper!

      • phoenix00

        Quite Audi.

    • Daniel

      Putting the “pen” in “perpendicular”.

    • phoenix00

      Psst: iTunes wants you to update.

      • Sheepshagger

        iTunes can kiss my ass. It’s needier than a Greek girlfriend.

        • phoenix00

          But you gotta admit, the sex is great!

  • P’jama Pahnts

    Obama is a couple of years older than me. My goal? I want abs like his by spring. Shallow, but imma do it.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson
      • Shanzgood

        I CAN EAT ONE MORE CHEESEBURGER

        I CAN

        • Timothy Watson

          YES WE CAN!

        • folderol

          Do you have a boyfriend? ♥

          • Shanzgood

            He’s trying to fatten me up.

      • P’jama Pahnts

        I may need to print this out

      • Suttree

        I am back in physical therapy again. The first 12 sessions earlier this year just dealt will stretching and mobility. These next 12 are for strength. 2 appointments per week. I just had my 3rd yesterday. My therapist is awesome and I told her to kick my ass, but wowzers am I sore today! I think I’m going to be good to go back to ironwork in December. I love me some some Karen!

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      I’m older than Obama and I want to grow up to be like him — physically and every other way.

      • Bitter Scribe

        I would like to have just a fraction of his patience in dealing with shitheads.

    • kaydenpat

      Not going to lie but I’d love to be as fit as Mrs. O. Those arms!

      • lowenufc

        Not going to lie, but I would love to be in Michelle’s arms.

        • kaydenpat

          See now you’ve taken things too far!! /s

    • Smoke cigarettes. That’s the secret.

      • P’jama Pahnts

        You know, I’ve been thinking of taking it up…hmmm…

      • Paul

        Left handed cigarettes. Legal here in Mass.

    • My gym has an 80 year old personal fitness trainer.

      10-4, over and out.

      • P’jama Pahnts

        By any chance is his name Jack Lalanne?

    • folderol

      I am committed to not doing that. Committed, I say!

  • Suttree

    I received a letter from NJ FamilyCare last week saying final notice to renew my Medicaid. I didn’t get any notices before this one! It’s not due till the 10th and I was able to do it online, but I’m still worried that somehow I won’t have it renewed. I got another letter a few days after saying that I was denied coverage for a root canal that was just finished. It’s a few hundred bucks that I don’t have at the moment, but I have been going there for years. They’ll let me pay it off incrementally. I hope!

    • Bitter Scribe

      Doctors and dentists are usually pretty good about letting you pay off bills a little at a time. I paid off two root canals that way.

      • Suttree

        I go to a clinic at the local hospital. So residents work on me. I’ve been going for a few years and 2 of the three years I was paying cash out of pocket. They only charge you 60% if you pay that way. And my mother worked at that hospital for 30 years and the chief over there knows her, so hopefully that will help too.

  • If you want a header image for your… twitter, facebook whatever… a transparent PNG is here to put over whatever else image you got https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0326a92239fda34a20b459ce3f59b784b1213faf30e517d88d70f8d9826f02a7.png

    • Proud Liberal

      Great thanks!

  • Timothy Watson
    • Everrett Fanuelli

      You would be surprised at how many millennials are racist arseholes

      • Three Finger Salute

        I think their side is winning the Internet, and therefore capturing the narrative. There’s a video from Right Wing Watch about YouTube personalities making a name for themselves as far-right hate leaders. The like/dislike ratio is something like 200 likes to 2,000 dislikes.

        The very same personalities mentioned in the video — names include “Black Pigeon Speaks,” “Sargon of Akkad,” “StyxHexenhammer666,” among others — are all over the comments section claiming victory that they got their thousands of cult members to click downvote and even report it to Google.

        There is no equivalent to this massive phenomenon among liberals. No inclusive and tolerant version of Milo, no Rebel Media for the Liberal Party of Canada, no one in mainstream “manufactured” Hollywood anywhere near as popular as the “influencers” on social media’s widespread network of hate. The “stars” of tomorrow are villains, not heroes. Bernie notwithstanding, the Democratic Party itself is full of olds. Right Wing Watch itself was founded by Norman Lear, himself a product of the ’70s. The counterculture of today’s rebels against their parents isn’t about peace and love, but a racial holy war!

        Here’s the video, if you’re interested. If you want to see proof, look at the comments. If you want to maintain some semblance of faith in humanity, avoid at all costs. Suffice it to say that ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. We’re losing the younger generation, and I don’t know how to counter this, because I have nowhere near the level of chutzpah or self-confidence to start one of these outlets myself.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc0Z5Awnv0g

    • Three Finger Salute

      The kids are alt-right…

    • yyyaz

      Sixty-two percent of white millennials oppose efforts to remove
      Confederate statues and symbols from public places such as government
      buildings and parks.

      I don’t even know where to begin …

      • Suttree

        The stocks? No not those kind of stocks!

      • phoenix00

        > white

        All you need to know.

    • MizzMazz

      “Trump has said he’s not a racist.”
      Yeah, actions speak louder than words, asshole, except when you choke on L-G-B-T-Q.

      He hates everyone who is not just like him, and then there is room for those who aren’t ‘loyal.’

      • phoenix00

        Also: Central Park Five.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Well, perhaps if their lord and savior and his shitposting online stormtroopers stopped telling them he isn’t…

  • Three Finger Salute

    I wish we had a national public healthcare system that anyone could use if they wanted to. As it stands, there’s a social and cultural stigma against being “on Obamacare,” which is no different from being “on welfare.” There’s a very strong hatred in this country of people who, for whatever circumstances they find themselves in, rely on the tax-funded safety net for even basic needs, whether it’s food-stamps or healthcare or housing.

    Yet poverty doesn’t seem to be the only factor in the hatred of public service recipients. Even public schooling is viewed negatively, and the children who attend there looked upon as “lessers” who went to “government cheese school,” despite there not being any “means tested” requirements to “qualify” to attend public K-12 or university.

    There’s a very strong movement in this country to do away with public schooling altogether, to make education even at the primary-grade level unaffordable for most families, and to require entrance exams for children to even go to school at all — with no option if they don’t meet the cut. Save for “home-schooling,” which is viewed as superior anyway because then the (usually un/underqualified) parents can either feed their kids religious garbage masquerading as a valid curriculum, and/or force the little woman to stay home 24/7 and “mind the children” while hubby goes out to be the breadwinner. No hubby? No books and no food for you, whore!

    Public employees — especially teachers — are vilified as leeches who “couldn’t cut it in the private sector” too, except to give lip service to “supporting the troops” and then call them parasites if they end up homeless, suffer from mental health disorders, etc. Americans have a greater respect for serial killers than civil servants. It’s no accident either that the “helping professions” pay peanuts and often end up becoming a self-feeding circle whereby social workers end up becoming clients of the agencies they work at. Let alone that said professions are predominantly staffed by women.

    Suffice it to say, though, that I wish this wasn’t the case and that the very concept of a public anything wasn’t heretical to support, let alone dehumanizing to make use of. I’ve already decided that, if I don’t have a steady job by the time my parents are gone, I’m just going to die rather than “go on welfare,” because I couldn’t stomach knowing that I was an enemy parasite in the eyes of my fellow Americans. It’s “bad enough” that both my parents were unionized public schoolteachers, and I went to public school from kindergarten through university. But to be an Obamacare client? I might as well start sewing a Caduceus and a Hope and Change logo on my jacket now.

    I hate how Republicans have poisoned the minds and hearts of this country.

    • TJ Barke

      Republicans have basically convinced huge swaths of the country that democracy is communism.

      • Three Finger Salute

        Yup, a bigly yuuuge Trump lump of cherries, with only a tiny smattering of Hillbama blueberries here and there.

        http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2016/countymaprb1024.png

        The CDC should study that map as a gauge of mental illness rates.

        • TJ Barke

          All that red is pretty sparsely populated though.

          • County voting maps are fake.

            Rocks, trees, prairies, coyotes, farms, forests, roads, parking lots, airports, shopping malls, etc, etc don’t vote.

          • PersianOregano

            Maybe they did with a little Russian assistance

          • Paperless Tiger

            Brain-drained also too.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Thank you, you beat me to it. I was going to say Northern Maine is mostly trees and blueberry fields.

    • Suttree

      The greatest trick that the devil republicans ever played, is that every person is an individual that needs nothing but bootstraps to become rich. Ignorance of the last 12,000 years of human cooperation to achieve civilization is ignored. Roads, schools, sewers, ad infinitum is ignored. Being fucking stupid to everything is now viewed as an asset. History is that book that you cannot be bothered to read. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb8add197035d748b6bcec70866a505640ebdcc0a9d5bf156b25035e0d04d050.jpg

      • Three Finger Salute

        Even Jesus said to pay your taxes. Funny how that part of the Babble gets neglected or dismissed as fake news.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          He also said “Don’t get in debt” – another part that is ignored by all the Christians I know.

      • Opalescent Riddles

        This. So much this. I tell these “rugged individualists” that even the surviving members of the Donner Party had depended on others.

        • Suttree

          It is funny to me because I have worked as a blacksmith. I am not a great blacksmith though. I am an intermediate blacksmith. I sure as fuck can’t do 75% of what a master can do. But I have a good head start on everyone else!

    • AtTheTip

      Well, Three Finger, I agree with you about how the Republicans have poisoned the hearts and minds of the country, I’m strongly pro-public school, believe me, and I’m a union boy from way back (chief negotiator on a CBA bargaining committee back in the ’90’s), but now that I’m self-employed, I’m on Obamacare- have been since it started- but I don’t think that people perceive me as being on welfare. I work hard. People who know me see that. I’m also very sick, in that I have two chronic illnesses- cancer and epilepsy- that have been self-evident to everyone around me. Aside from those two chronic, so-far non-lethal illnesses, I had emergency surgery for an aneurysm that, without Obamacare, would have left me penniless, or dead. I was coded on the operating table. So I would counsel care in stating that you would rather die than be known publicly as an Obamacare client. That is scary. I am proud to be an Obamacare client. I am also very very very happy to be alive, and my loved ones are also happy I’m alive. Take care, and keep fighting the good fight!

      • I agree. (I’m on it as well and it’s my day job).

        It’s really just a place to buy insurance for many folks who don’t qualify for subsidies.

  • TJ Barke

    It’s October 31st and it’s mid 70s outside. Damn Chinese hoax…

    • Beanz&Berryz

      They hacked all the thermometers too…

    • Angela Ruzzo

      Where I live it’s 36, which is unacceptable for Halloween. I demand a refund.

  • jesuswasablack

    Obama vs Trump, Donny just can’t measure up, SAD!
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C26lJduUoAAxpcU.jpg

    • jesterpunk
    • IdRatherBeDancing

      NOT ACCURATE — left peen is too girthy a depiction for Trump

      • bettycat

        Not enough droop and wrinkles. (Ugh, I just grossed out myself.)

  • Trump’s Tax Cuts for Corporations is a $700 Billion Foreign Aid Program that Makes America Grrr-8 Again.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c65428459a30f59fecf734b77d04419891f8aee2b5a6e76e5beff1d98b2cad0f.png

    Welfare for Foreigners not Americans

    • Anna Rompage

      Not to mention, if you live in a foreign land, and buy a Kushner built condo for $500,000 or more, you can get US citizenship as a free bonus!

  • Ricky Gay

    Was just on the exchange. My bronze plan is still available, no increase in premium or out-of-pocket. Auto-renewal! Fuck you Donnie!

    • Anna Rompage

      Yep, the sliver plan we have through the place I work is actually slated to go down 1% this year…

      • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

        I have a tinfoil plan.

        • Rocket Pony Ron

          As I understand it, that only pays for trucker speed, megavitamins and freeze-dried food.

    • Opalescent Riddles

      I don’t happen to have a plan through ACA, but ACA provisions affect the plans my employer must provide to be competitive.

      Fuck you Donnie!

  • alpacapunchbowl

    Grrrrrrrr… okay, distract yourself, alpaca.

    I will never not feel weird about having vaguely lusty thoughts about the President. No, the legit President. On the left up there.

  • wandajayne

    I love that picture!
    One, a very fit man, cool, competent, ready to serve.
    The other, a guy who can’t find his own balls with two putters and a caddy.

    • toughsister

      Don’t you mean his ass with both hands?

      • natoslug

        You’d think after having his head up it for so long, he’d be better at finding it.

        • Rocket Pony Ron

          Forest, trees.

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        A map, an Indian guide and a compass

    • bettycat

      Yeah, but which one is bigger, which means he’s better, so MAGA, USA, USA!!

  • Scooby

    I don’t need Obamacare I just use the healing power of Confederate statues.

  • William

    Well at least Mexico is paying for that wall. https://youtu.be/5O92ysmO-jg

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Don’t you just love how they hardly ever mention that you can actually enroll in an ACA plan at any time of the year, as long as you had a “special situation”, such as losing your job, or losing coverage under your parent’s plan, or your COBRA coverage ran out, or you couldn’t afford COBRA in the first place (that last one is most of us)??

  • Joe Beese

    Given that Kelly was once seen as a future prime time network news anchor who is now doing dance parties and celebrity impersonations, many Twitter users were quick to roast her for the direction her career has taken.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/17-million-mistake-internet-roasts-megyn-kelly-for-being-reduced-to-impersonating-shania-twain-on-nbc/

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      She only looked like a journalist when seen side-by-side with the rest of the Fucks Gnus clowns. Taken out of that context … yeah, not so much.

  • Roadstergal

    “Elect Democrats, for Christ’s sake.”

    Preach.

  • SisterArtemis

    Thanks Dok, that was a good rundown, and all the love for the message of your closing paragraph.

    • redblack

      upvoted bigly.

      even though i’m a union thug with one of them there cadillac plans, i really want every american to have the same access to health care that i do. (and that the rich bastards that make way more money than i do have.)

      and, yeah, i’m willing to pay more taxes to get affordable health care rolling – especially if it leads to a diminished need for private insurance.

      access to doctors and medicine ain’t a privilege. it’s a necessity. let’s make it a right.

      no one should die or go broke just because some noisy, spoiled libertarian assholes don’t want to hold up their end of the american social contract.

      • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

        Ups for “American social contract”. So many of these libertarian assholes think there’s no such thing.

        • dieselox

          Well there is even if they deny it: If we all ignore the health of large swaths of our society, diseases spread out of control, for one thing, and put us all at risk.

          Aside from any discussion of who deserves what care, as if there can be any debate at all. Even ask that question, and you should go straight to your own private hell.

          • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

            Ramen.

          • dieselox

            the fuck? Ramen? What the hell…

          • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

            Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster, Paremsan Be Upon Him.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        RAMEN!

  • John Mruzik

    I may be just a humble drunk country doctor , but I don’t think my liver can take this administration.

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    Yep, as a newly minted independent contractor, I will be perusing the offerings at coveredca-dot-com later this week. Thanks, Obama!

    No, really… thanks!

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    In an absolutely astonishing development, there is a new PPC on the IL exchange, in my price range, with a not-terrifying deductible ($3K) and that includes my doctor AND the hospital I would choose if I got to choose. Thanks Obama.

    • yup. weirdly. this year is OK in IL.

      ish.

  • Me not sure

    My self employed daughter signs up tomorrow.

  • Joel Dent

    So if my work offers insurance can I still choose to buy on the exchange? Because my work insurance is both awful and 200 bucks a week.

    • Opalescent Riddles

      An employer might allow you to get a waiver if you are insured through an alternative plan. They might reimburse you the amount that they would have contributed if you’d joined one of their plans. It’s worth looking into.

      • Alexis Rook

        I just went ahead and signed up through the exchange, and I’ll just do what I have to to keep it.

        • Opalescent Riddles

          I wish you all the best going forward, and that your new plan is more cost-effective and has better benefits than what your employer offers.

    • you can totally buy on the exchange, you just won’t qualify for help (lowering premiums, reducing out of pocket costs) IF your emp insurance meets minimum essential coverage (MEC). MEC means covering the essential benefits the ACA laid out AND being less than 9.5% of your monthly income.

      doc can help you hook up with me (not in that way). if you need ACA help.

      • Alexis Rook

        It’s way more than 9.5%
        250 a week means it’s about 25%

        • then go ahead and sign up. when you get to any questions about emp ins – you can say it’s not offered (as it legitimately doesn’t meet the criteria for affordable insurance).

  • Jacob DiCiaula

    Wife, boys, and I are on tricare through the National Guard; that socialized medicine is a big reason I’m still in uniform. My fervent hope is that, 30 years from now, I’m going to tell the kids that and they’re going to contemplate a retirement home, because that story is insane and grandpa lost it.

  • dieselox

    And finally, Monsieur, a wafer-thin mint.

    …It’s only a tiny little thin one.

  • blaid droog

    These dimocrats that you speak of electing. Where can one find them? The last two I voted for were consummate losers. One was this woman, she writes books and is married to a philanderer and the other is really repub lite, goes by the name billy boy nelson, does nothing, never did nothing and hangs out with rubio. Wait. Nelson did do something. One time he went up in the space shuttle, cost us 20 million ameros. Dead weight isn’t cheap when it’s going into space. And two years ago he went hunting for anacondas in the swamps with his faithful indian guide Subramanyan Chandrasekhar

    • DesertedPictures

      Where they actively engaged in dismantling Obamacare? Or would they have voted for improvement of the ACA (no matter how insignificant)? If it’s the latter than they are a zillion times better than the Republican alternative.

    • jez

      well, in the uk there is pretty much the same problem as our political system consists of the rulling tory party, deeply unpopular chaotic and unhappy but nowhere near as far right as the republican party and then the opposition is the labour party who under tony blaire were dragged kicking and screaming into ‘the third way’ which is basically neo-liberalism under a different name.since the labour party have had a new leader who is far more of an old school slightly reformist social democrat, this has caused massive problems for with sitting labour MPs who were elected under Blaire. But basically who ever you vote for you still get the same bunch of hasbeens, witless twats and con artists in governemnt by way of lobbying.Interestingly labour became wildly popular under the old school more socialst leader but his problem is that the party is still infested by more right wing Blairists who managed to squirell themselves into positions which make them hard to remove.

  • TRW

    I just curious between the histrionic byline writers who contribute to this blog, how do the three exchange butt plugs? Via Fed Ex? The new left meme is: if you like your sodomizers and pedo’s, you can keep you sodomizers and pedo’s . Reach around score = 5.

  • Zyxomma

    I love my healthcare providers; they’re great.

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