I think the time I squander over on HP is having a negative impact on me. The atmosphere there has become so negative and so bursting with outrage generated by incendiary headlines and slanted stories, even “Obamabots” like me are joining the hissy fit class.

Take yesterday, for example. As many of my online friends know, I have long been one of those “untouchables” of our society — someone who is self-employed and who can’t buy health insurance, in my case because of a history of back problems. I’ve actually never had back surgery, but I’ve had a few cortizone injections in my spine and I’ve been through a couple of episodes where I was basically crippled for months and months. That puts me in the “high risk” category for insurers, who know they’re not going to make much off me. This “high risk” category is basically for a wide range of people — from high blood pressure and acne to Stage IV cancer. The truth is, the insurance companies only want to insure healthy 20- and 30-somethings.

So, unlike the huge crew of disappointed progressives who continue to call Obama’s health care reform a sell-out and giveaway to the insurance industry, along with all the rightwingers who are wailing about losing their “freedoms,” I was overjoyed when HCR passed. In fact, I was stunned and amazed, considering how miserably the Clinton effort failed. I consider it the most significant piece of social legislation I’ve seen in my adult life. This is probably the main reason why I continue to be an avid Obama supporter. He got it done! I truly can’t understand why so many people don’t understand how difficult and astounding that achievement was.

As part of the HCR package, they put together in a very short period of time a temporary high risk-pool called GettingUSCovered. This insurance will only be around until the Exchange is put together in 2014. I checked into it and found that my premium would be $397 per month for someone my age. Okay, not cheap but not nearly as bad as the last COBRA coverage I was offered when I was laid off from my last regular job back in 2007. They wanted $670 per month — and that was three years ago.

So I signed up and a couple weeks ago, had my first full physical in four years. I got some medication I should have started taking four years ago too. I’ll be getting some other tests I should have gotten several years ago. I got a lot of answers to questions that had been bothering me. I got a flu shot and a tetanus shot. In a strange way, I feel once again like a full-fledged member of society.

Then yesterday I got a notice in the mail from GettingUSCovered. The notice said that my premium had changed. I was in a hurry and I scanned the new premium table. Instant consternation, outrage, indignation, disappointment, and resignation from my Obamabot status. What I saw on that sheet was that my premium had been raised to $543 per month!

Well, when I get mad, I take the dogs to the dog park. So off to the dog park we go — I and my two greyhounds and my extra foster greyhound, Roxy, (but that’s another story). I tromp up and down hills, huffing and puffing my consternation, outrage, indignation, disappointment, and resignation from my Obamabot status.

A couple hours later, I got home and looked at the letter again. Grrr!!! I immediately wrote an email to CoveredColorado, asking if I could switch to them. CoveredColorado is the state-run high risk pool with pretty crummy coverage — I didn’t sign up for it before because it looked like a complete waste of money. I told them that USCovered had already raised my rate by 33%. Grrr!!

Next, I thought about writing an irate column for PPOV, going to HP and confessing to all the far-lefties that I always argue with over there that they were right after all, and writing a nasty letter to the president and whomever else I could think of.

Before I coule get going on all those plans, I got a reply from CoverColorado. They said that my premium hadn’t gone up. In fact, it had gone down to $393 per month.

Huh?

I slunk over to the table where the letter lay. I looked at it again. I realized that I had been looking at the “Smoker” column. Smokers pay a lot more. I’m not a smoker. They were right. My premium had gone down by four dollars.

Ooops.

I wrote them a nice thank you note and told them how stupid I was. I was very embarrassed.

I am pleased to say I am still insured with GettingUSCovered and still an Obamabot.

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VegasBabe
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Poor Obama. Ya gotta feel sorry for this guy, really. One wonders how many of us “obamabots” are really out there, just waiting….just waiting for one thing to go wrong, one personal issue that we hold dear to get screwed ….. waiting..warning, “don’t do it fella”….”gone just about as far witcha as I’m a goin”….
Wow.

Kalima
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Hi VB, good to see you.

I don’t feel sorry for your President, I feel sorry for everyone who has somehow forgotten the years from 2001 until 2008.

What I feel for your President is anger, dismay and disgust on his behalf.

Pepe Lepew
Member

I’m glad things worked out for you!

My mum won’t move back to the States, even though all her grandkids and great-grandkids are in the U.S. because she is convinced that her myriad pre-existing conditions won’t be covered. We try to tell her the law has changed, but she is convinced otherwise.

And, on another topic, what is that THING in your header image?

AdLib
Admin

Actually, how often do you have the pleasure of finding out something unpleasant didn’t really happen?

If only I could have woken up in 2001 and found Gore was really elected.

So glad to hear that the HCR has helped you. That’s one of the things Obama needs to be out there promoting, all of the people now being helped by this plan that the GOP want to destroy.

It’s so absurd, almost beyond believability that this party can openly boast about wanting to take SS, Medicare, health insurance, unemployment insurance and so much more away from Americans…and there’s no outrage from the public or the MSM!

Kalima
Admin

O/T maybe, but still about healthcare in some respect, I have just received the new pillow I ordered 2 days ago, I’m quite excited.

After years of searching, rehabilitation, endless steroid injections, of stretching and pulling of neck bones during traction over the years to no real or lasting avail, I have also spent money on pillows, both shop bought and custom made to ease my curved bones and the spurs on them, when I’m trying to sleep.

A few days ago after midnight I turned on the tv hoping I’d find something to bore me to sleep, when I saw a pillow that was smaller than usual, filled with a new filler from Denmark, washable, able to throw in the dryer and will never lose it’s shape. The revolutionary new filler is called “fossflakes” and I have just done a 2 minute test run. After years of fruitless searching, I think I’ve found “the one” and as a bonus, it was less than a third of what I have payed for others. If I didn’t have to do some cleaning because I’m going out tomorrow night, yes out of my front door and into the wilds, I would try it now. I’ll let you know how I slept after I wake up tomorrow. This could mean the difference between waking up like grumpy bear, or being nice like sugar and spice. Wish me luck.

Questinia
Member

Fantastic, OG!

Somehow you manage always to be sugar and spice πŸ™‚

Kalima
Admin

πŸ˜† Too kind OG Q, you are lucky enough to never have seen me in my mornings.

A small break to eat my natto now. πŸ™‚

Questinia
Member

:hugs:

choicelady
Member

Oh I hope this works!!! It’s stupid, but small things can make a world of difference. And all things NOT requiring surgery or a dependence on PharMa – priceless. Do let us know if it works for you. We are rooting for your flakes!

Kalima
Admin

Thank you kindly cl, I will be sure to let you know. Surgery has always been the very last on my list because it can’t actually cure the illness I have, and pill popping has never been my thing, I like to stay fully alert for my little tribe, never know what sort of trouble they might get into.

I will be sure to let you know, and see if I can then be confident enough to recommend it to fellow sufferers or even regular tossers and turners. πŸ™‚

And as I like to say, the more “flakes” the merrier!

AdLib
Admin

Wishing you luck and a good night’s sleep tonight!

Kalima
Admin

Thank you my friend, you will be able to spot my ear to ear smile from way over there if I do, and don’t forget to turn the lights out. πŸ™‚

Pepe Lepew
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My mum uses a pillow with rice inside of it.

Kalima
Admin

We have them here Pepe, and the ones filled with husks from hops and wheat. They were quite comfy when I first came here, then after awhile, the noise they make when I moved my head kept me awake all night. πŸ™

Questinia
Member

This is me to a “T”. That “never mind” moment I know so well.

I am really taken by the story because it is the first time I’ve heard someone having such immediate and positive change in this area. I’m so glad you are taking care of yourself e’cat! You need to get this story out more.

Khirad
Member

Yup, we’ve all done that. I think we go into a panicked freeze in such cases as this – zero in on the bad. It’s common to humans in general to focus on the bad over the good.

Kalima
Admin

I was just drinking my morning cuppa as I read your post. Oh no I thought, escribacat is one of Obama’s staunchest supporters here for the HCR bill! As I had to leave my computer to feed my brood, I had this sinking feeling below my navel as I battled the sudden deluge of heavy rain outside.

Now back at my computer I was able to finish your post, and let out a huge sigh of relief to find that you are still insured. Great news about your first check up in 4 years, and that finally you will get some relief from the back pain I know quite a bit about myself. I’m so very happy for you. πŸ™‚

I share your disbelief in the moans and groans of those who fail to see what the President has achieved with this bill, and have felt quite often that I want to deal a few smacks to some heads when I read through their complaints. What Obama managed to do will go down in history as one of the greatest changes in your country’s history because he was the one who in the end wouldn’t give up, or take no for an answer. If it’s starting to work in a positive way for you e’cat, it must also be starting to work for many more people. Instead of criticizing him, they should be praising him, but we know that some people will never be satisfied until they get blood out of stone.

Questinia
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Agreed, OG. We may need to toot Obama’s horn more, seeing as he tends not to.

Kalima
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He’s a very modest man, it speaks volumes about his upbringing and his time so far in the Washington climate that is loud for the sake of being loud, with nothing much to say or offer as an alternative to all he has done, and will continue to do if he learns to really fight back. He would make a wonderful diplomat. πŸ™‚

As an “honourable” U.S. citizen, bestowed on me yesterday by boomer, I toot my horn for him and for all he has done so far, yet to be thanked for, and all he can hopefully accomplish in the next two years of his term, or even better, 6 more years. TOOT! TOOT! TOOT!!

bito
Member

E’cat, I can’t tell you how good that makes me feel. You too can misread a statement. πŸ˜†

Really good that you now have health care. Going to the doctors or the CC is not high on my list of fun things, but I am glad I can go.