Ending discrimination is common sense, right? Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies can’t deny coverage or charge higher premiums based on the customer’s sexual preference. It’s about time.

Ending discrimination is common sense, right? Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies can’t deny coverage or charge higher premiums based on the customer’s sexual preference. It’s about time.

repmarktakano:

Source: CNN & Reuters

We’re getting closer than ever to universal coverage.

repmarktakano:

Source: CNN & Reuters

We’re getting closer than ever to universal coverage.

msnbc:

Rachel Maddow shows that people in Democratic states are gaining health care coverage faster than those in Republican states that have resisted Obamacare.

We’re creating two Americas: one where health reform is embraced and people have access to affordable care, and one where progress is blocked from every angle. It’s time to start working together to get Americans the coverage they want and need.  

msnbc:

Rachel Maddow shows that people in Democratic states are gaining health care coverage faster than those in Republican states that have resisted Obamacare.

We’re creating two Americas: one where health reform is embraced and people have access to affordable care, and one where progress is blocked from every angle. It’s time to start working together to get Americans the coverage they want and need.  

If the Affordable Care Act was repealed, real people would be hurt, losing vital insurance or paying exorbitantly more. You can read their stories at The Face of Repeal.  We can’t afford to go back to the old status quo where health insurance companies put profits before people.

If the Affordable Care Act was repealed, real people would be hurt, losing vital insurance or paying exorbitantly more. You can read their stories at The Face of Repeal.  We can’t afford to go back to the old status quo where health insurance companies put profits before people.

seattlish:

We don’t usually listen when two old white dudes chitty-chat about politics (because it’s usually on the bus and the old dudes are usually vaguely racist), but when it’s Bernie Sanders and Official Be Our Grandfather Candidate* Rep. Jim McDermott, we pay attention. 

"It’s an idea whose time is right," he says at the end. 

Also, it deserves to be noted that Jim McDermott has literally been campaigning for basic health care for all people since before the editors of this website were born. 

Fuck yeah, Jim McDermott. 

*Be Our Grandfather hasn’t previously been an office that Seattlish has voted on, but I’m instating it and the only candidate is Jim McDermott

Is health care a right? You bet. The Affordable Care Act is getting us closer to health care for all, but we’re going to have to do more to get there. 

And the above nomination will be taken under consideration. Thanks, Seattlish!

Bernie and Kimberly from Seattle

Bernie Alfred and Kimberly Munro, a couple who live in my district, sent me their story. They said it took a few weeks to get their plan finalized, and there were some website problems along the way, but it was worth it. They also mentioned that the glitches they encountered on the Washington Health Plan Finder were fixed by the end. 

First I want to say how happy I am with the new healthcare law and how much it has helped us. But I think you could be pitching it in a better way. It’s important to let low and middle income families know how much the plans will cost. No one seems to be mentioning specific examples. As someone who recently signed on, I can let you know how much it will be saving my family, and something you should be telling people about in SPECIFIC dollar terms.

My wife and I have had the same policy (we live in Seattle) for about 15 years and have been paying $1600 a month for health insurance. This year with premiums and copays, we have spent about $25,000. Our yearly combined income is about $48,000, so health insurance has been steadily eroding our savings. We are both 62 with health problems, so not having insurance is not an option for us. We do not get insurance through jobs so we have always had to purchase it for ourselves.

Starting in January, because of the ACA, we will be able to purchase a similar plan from the same company (Group Health) for about $70 per month!! This is partially because we qualify for a $900 subsidy, and partially because there are more plan choices than before. This is huge for us. A family of 4 with our income could even purchase a better plan than ours for less money. I think it’s important to tell people specific amounts they will be paying for plans given a specific income with a given specific premium. Once people understand that, I believe they will really start signing up in droves.

What’s your #GetCovered story? Submit it here!

Rest in peace, Madiba.

Rest in peace, Madiba.

Tags: mandela

With tax credits and subsidies, five out of ten uninsured young adults will be able to get health plans for $50 or less a month through the exchanges. What are you waiting for?! Take a look at your options at Healthcare.gov! 
Source.

With tax credits and subsidies, five out of ten uninsured young adults will be able to get health plans for $50 or less a month through the exchanges. What are you waiting for?! Take a look at your options at Healthcare.gov!

Source.

repmarktakano:

Help me welcome Congressman Jim McDermott to Tumblr by following his new page: The Medicine Cabinet, for all your health reform needs…

Thanks, Congressman Takano! I’m looking forward to exploring more of the Tumblrverse.

Submission: Aaron from Seattle

I recently received a notice from my insurer, Group Health, that my plan was being cancelled and the new plan they were offering had a much higher premium—a 57% increase. I was livid, but my doctor encouraged me to go to the exchange and look at my options. When I logged on, it worked great and I realized that I had 38 plans to choose from. I chose a Bronze plan, with Group Health, which is actually a little bit better than my old plan.

I qualify for the tax credit, but I was worried I’d have to pay out of pocket and get a return at the end of the year, something I couldn’t afford to do. Instead, the tax credit is directly applied to my bill. As a contractor, I can adjust the tax credit and I could have paid nothing, but I’m conservative with my taxes, so I set it at the exact price of the old plan. Now I’m paying the same for a better plan.

Overall, this was easy and really helped me. I’m just glad I live in a blue state where the reforms are being embraced.

~Aaron Thomas, Seattle