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A Life Saved Thanks To ObamaCare

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Amy Lynn Smith: Young Woman With A Heart Condition Can Finally Get The Care She Needs Thanks To The ACA

When Jae Stewart was 14 years old, she collapsed in the gym while playing basketball. The doctors said she had a heart murmur and sent her on her way, but little did Jae know this was the beginning of a lifetime of heart trouble. Jae had her first heart attack at age 21 and another after a serious car accident a few years later. She had her first stroke before she was 30. Jae didn’t have insurance at all for many years. She’s an occupational therapist, but in 2012, when she had her stroke, her employer didn’t provide health insurance. She was sent to one of the best heart hospitals in Texas, where everyone thought she’d get great care. But that’s not what happened About 15 minutes later a guy walks in and tells me I’m being discharged.

I couldn’t even walk, because every time I got up my blood pressure would bottom out or go through the ceiling. I didn’t even have a ride home. I couldn’t believe they were going to discharge me after I had a stroke. The guy told me if I felt I needed to be there I had to go back through the ER to get admitted again. So Jae is enormously grateful for Obamacare. She’s been covered since early 2014. Her premium this year is $402 per month because she doesn’t qualify for a tax subsidy, but her other costs are low. Her annual deductible is $1,000 and her out-of-pocket maximum is $3,250. She pays $25 to see her doctor and $50 for specialists. Best of all, her prescription medications have zero co-pay. Not only does this make Jae’s healthcare costs more manageable, it means she can afford to see her doctors regularly so they can figure out exactly what’s going on with her heart.

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112 Responses to “A Life Saved Thanks To ObamaCare”


  1. February 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks a trabillion Nerdy!!

  2. February 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    GA TOD! Congrats on first NCLB 😎 Here is a fun exerpt from Reggie Love’s new book:

    “….I’ll never forget the night I got an email from the future president of the United States consisting only of Tony Parker’s stat line. I typed an email back to Barack Obama: “Those are good numbers. But it was against a weak team.” Then I added Chris Paul’s stats. I had been Obama’s personal aide for a few months by then. But with that little exchange, something shifted in our relationship. I like to believe that learning to handle my responsibilities earned me Obama’s trust. But I also know that the strength of our friendship grew out of our shared love of basketball. Basketball was our common ground—something we could talk about that didn’t drain him like his other daily conversations could. Basketball modified the tenor of our interactions and took us from boss and underling to something more like friends…..

    ….Playing basketball was a thousand times more fun than anything else we did on the campaign. If Obama could have substituted a game for a town hall, nine times out of 10, he would have said let’s hoop. Instead, he’d do several town halls and try to squeeze in court time at 5:30 or 6 a.m. One day in Milwaukee, before speaking at a high school, Obama was dribbling a ball offstage. We’d played earlier in the day, and the competitive energy of the court was still alive. “You know that’s a girls’ ball you’re dribbling, right?” I said to Obama. He said he knew and then tossed the ball to trip director Marvin Nicholson. “Hey, maybe this will help your game,” he said. “With all due respect,” he said, “I will take you to the hoop. I will beat you. Reggie might be able to take me one-on-one. But, sir, there is no way you could beat me.” Obama pushed back and called him out on missing multiple layups when we played on Super Tuesday. I felt like I was back in school, watching my teammates go at it on the playground. “At least I didn’t get my shot blocked by a 14-year-old boy,” Marvin cracked. Obama snapped back: “He was 15.”……

    …..The president would go to the games and watch, while making a running commentary to Michelle Obama. “They should be playing a zone,” he’d say. “They need to run a play on offense.” “Why don’t you teach them how to play basketball?” she finally said. “Fine,” he said. Next thing I knew, we were coaching girls’ basketball…..During the basketball season, Obama and I were actually courtside for a few games, him as head coach and me as his assistant. We came to see that while Sasha’s team might not love the mechanics of the game, like everyone else on the planet, they hated losing.One afternoon we played the best team in the league. It was tight the whole time. I couldn’t help myself and started shouting at the referee to force a call our way. But then it happened: Our team perfectly executed the pick-and-roll. We pulled out a 12-10 squeaker.”

    • February 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Afternooooooon LP!!! Thanks a million for the link, this cracked me up:

      “At least I didn’t get my shot blocked by a 14-year-old boy,” Marvin cracked.

      Obama snapped back: “He was 15.”……

      🙂

    • 12 idon
      February 3, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      LOL!!! This is what you call a real dad doing his daddying thing – the wonderful memories and stories Sasha and Malia will have to tell. I swear this just makes me love my President and First Lady even more if that is even possible.

  3. February 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm

  4. February 3, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks NW!

  5. February 3, 2015 at 4:41 pm

  6. February 3, 2015 at 4:42 pm

  7. February 3, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    • 26 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 3, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      BEAUTIFUL…THE ANGEL OF THE COTTON FIELDS BECOMES A DR….SEE THESE ARE ALL THE STORIES THAT NEED TO BE IN OUR HISTORY BOOKS FOR ALL OF OUR CHILDREN…CHERRY PICKING HISTORY BOOK CONTENT BY RACE DISGUSTS ME…A CHILD IN THIS COUNTRY IS RAISED TO THINK EVERYONE SIGNIFICANT IS WHITE…WRONG IN MY EYES AND SO MANY OTHERS AND WRONG IN GOD’S!

      • 27 idon
        February 3, 2015 at 6:13 pm

        These are our real roots. I’m 64 and my grandmother was a teacher and her brother was a lawyer. brilliance hard work and tenancity have always been what we were about – always.

  8. February 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    The Count is always right.

  9. February 3, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Senator John McLoss didn’t have a back up plan after he realized that the Sarah effect was extremely negative…on everybody.

  10. February 3, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    • February 3, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      By Zeus, here comes the Count with the explanation!

      • 32 Nena20409
        February 3, 2015 at 6:12 pm

        That is accurate.
        Josh Earnest said that the two leaders might get together at a forum tomorrow or at a Breakfast Prayer meeting on Thursday.

        The Change today, obviously came about for King of Jordan is leaving DC back to Jordan today due to the Killing of his Pilot.

    • 33 Vicki
      February 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Good. I am sickened by what has happened to the Jordanian pilot. Cannot even imagine how awful this is for the family friends and country of Jordan.

      POTUS and VPOTUS meeting with king Abdullah sends a condolence message from USA. I am pretty sure that daesh will find the price they have to pay will be more than they can bear.

    • 36 arapaho415
      February 3, 2015 at 5:05 pm

  11. 38 arapaho415
    February 3, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks, NW, for keeping TOD abreast of #ACA — I hope the Obama Administration knows how much you do to support this life-saving pro-American, initiative.

    This one’s near and dear to my heart — am really into succulents now, so love the café where this photo was taken. 🙂

  12. 40 Linda
    February 3, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    OMG……I hope they find you did this . Who ever it is, they posted it on social media so they will be found.

    ‘Happy N***** Month’: ‘KKK’ defaces South Carolina high school to mock first day of Black History Month

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/happy-n-month-kkk-defaces-south-carolina-high-school-to-mock-first-day-of-black-history-month/comments/#disqus

  13. 41 Linda
    February 3, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    The House just repealed ObamaCare for the 67th time.

    • February 3, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      2 REPUBS join DEMS in voting No.

    • 45 0388jojothecat
      February 3, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Because I guess there are no other important issues in our country that need taking care of……except restaurants where the Health Department needlessly requires workers to wash their hands because they’d do it anyway. I remember someone tested the keypads of computers in businesses and found all kinds of bacteria and even feces yet we just need to trust businesses that handle our food.

  14. 48 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    February 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    SO GLAD PBO IS MEETING W/ KING ABDULLAH…CNN COVERING….

  15. 50 arapaho415
    February 3, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    WTH?

    Running for President is just a photo-op for Rand Paul apparently.

    The polar opposite of PBO (in countless ways), who is not in awe of the lazy MSM/GOP/Comcast/Koch media.

  16. February 3, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I’m guessing some of you can relate to this kid 🙂

  17. February 3, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Linda,what if the Republicans were doing something to help Americans, like voting on an bill to fix our roads and bridges.

  18. 57 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    February 3, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I AM FEELING FOR THE PILOT’S FAMILY AND ALL OF THE FAMILIES OF EACH CAPTIVE….SUCH PAIN…LORD PLEASE GIVE THEM COMFORT IN THEIR SORROW!

  19. 58 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    February 3, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    BBL…TAKING SLOUCHY FACE TO FLATSCREEN………..:(

  20. February 3, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    For Pete’s sake, please don’t tell me where the drones are hitting. Tell me the names of those MF they are eliminating.

  21. 60 arapaho415
    February 3, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Not all conservative Texans are RWNJs.

    From the article:
    “Texas lawmakers may be leading the charge to derail President Obama’s executive action on immigration. But the White House wants it known: Not everyone in the Lone Star State wants to scrap the policy.

    On that list is a conservative, Houston-based construction mogul who says giving the state’s undocumented workforce legal status would also elevate the standard of living for workers already here legally. Because undocumented workers are cheap labor for employers, legal workers must accept low wages if they want to be hired.”

    and…
    “Joining Marek on the call was U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary (and former San Antonio mayor) Julián Castro, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez and Cecilia Muñoz, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.”

  22. February 3, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    What would I do without the Count!

  23. February 3, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    LAUGH of the day: What wrong with this picture?

  24. February 3, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Sighs.

  25. February 3, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  26. 82 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 3, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Good evening, TOD!

    We should see some measles info on the Surgeon General’s website in the next 48 hours.

    This morning I posted that I was astonished that there was nothing on the Surgeon General’s website regarding the measles outbreak. Found a few moments to call his office this afternoon; was not pleased with the 1st gatekeeper I spoke with: my concern – lack of info on SG site; real crisis as opposed to manufactured ebola crisis which is FRONT PAGE on SG site; her response “ebola front paged because of the hysteria that surrounded disease (guess she didn’t understand “manufactured) I pushed back, she put me on hold, then told me she was transferring me to someone who could help — she transferred me to an automated media inquiry line “leave your name, question, and publication deadline” Needless to say, I was PISSED and called back. Second time around, I believe I got the same person, although she said it wasn’t; let her know I was ticked at the previous call results and SURELY there was someone in the SG’s immediate office who is a point person on measles…

    Was transferred to the point person; good conversation; says they are working on getting info up in the next 48 hr. I suggested they get up his KC youtube today… Damn, they tweeted a pic of him giving the interview; how hard is it to post a youtube

  27. 84 JER
    February 3, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Danny, are you here?

  28. February 3, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    HEY CHIPS!

  29. 89 Nena20409
    February 3, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    https://twitter.com/ColMorrisDavis/status/56275120085324595

    A NC Senator…….

  30. 90 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    February 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    STANDING BY THE FLATSCREEN…OF COURSE THE WOLF WANTS TO JUMP THROUGH THE WINDOW…HE GIVES ME A RASH…HE’S LIKE A GUMWAD ON A SHOE….PRAYERS FOR THE RIGHT RESOLVE IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL CONFERENCE…BBL………

  31. 91 Nena20409
    February 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Is it too tiny of me to be 🙂 about this?
    I am Loving this.

  32. 94 JER
    February 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm

  33. 95 JER
    February 3, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    • 96 jacquelineoboomer
      February 3, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      I’m old enough to remember a doctor’s coming to our elementary school to administer the polio vaccine to all of us. We were herded to the nurse’s office, like cattle. I don’t recall any parents objecting. It was considered “a victory for the whole nation.”

      “On April 12, 1955, Dr. Thomas Francis, Jr., of the University of Michigan, the monitor of the test results, ‘declared the vaccine to be safe and effective.’ The announcement was made at the University of Michigan, exactly 10 years to the day after the death of President Roosevelt. Five hundred people, including 150 press, radio, and television reporters, filled the room; 16 television and newsreel cameras stood on a long platform at the back, and 54,000 physicians, sitting in movie theaters across the country, watched the broadcast on closed-circuit television. Eli Lilly and Company paid $250,000 to broadcast the event. Americans turned on their radios to hear the details, department stores set up loudspeakers, and judges suspended trials so everyone in the courtroom could hear. Europeans listened on the Voice of America. Paul Offit writes about the event: ‘The presentation was numbing, but the results were clear: the vaccine worked. Inside the auditorium Americans tearfully and joyfully embraced the results. By the time Thomas Francis stepped down from the podium, church bells were ringing across the country, factories were observing moments of silence, synagogues and churches were holding prayer meetings, and parents and teachers were weeping. One shopkeeper painted a sign on his window: ‘Thank you, Dr. Salk.’ ‘It was as if a war had ended’, one observer recalled.'”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonas_Salk#.22A_victory_for_the_whole_nation.22

      • 97 carolyn
        February 3, 2015 at 8:56 pm

        Jacqueline, I also remember that, and was one of those who got the polio vaccine. In fact, there is a picture in our yearbook of all of us lined up, and my friend is the one baring her arm for the needle. We all knew people who had polio, and there was great rejoicing in the land when this became available! I also had the measles…..the LOOOOOng kind, then the three day kind in college. They are serious, and to think stupid people are not having their children vaccinated is absolutely medieval!!!!

  34. February 3, 2015 at 7:17 pm

  35. 102 Nerdy Wonka
    February 3, 2015 at 7:44 pm

  36. 103 Nena20409
    February 3, 2015 at 7:45 pm

  37. February 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Christie gets RIPPED in this article.

    • 106 jacquelineoboomer
      February 3, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Remember when Mitt’s London trip was a disaster? London’s like the final proving ground for these yokels. Thanks, London!

      • February 3, 2015 at 8:29 pm

        When PBO went to Europe during his campaign he spent a lot of time planning for it. Every event had a purpose and he was ready for the attention at every turn. These rubes just show and say whatever comes to their addled heads.

        • 108 jacquelineoboomer
          February 3, 2015 at 8:34 pm

          I can see a person like Christie’s having indigestion on the plane over, just thinking he might be asked a question he couldn’t bully his way out off … and he probably drinks his way home. I continue to ask WHY we are still being forced to put up with these sub-humans?

          • February 3, 2015 at 8:38 pm

            The MSM carnival show must go on. Just when I think we’ve reached peak absurdity, we find another day’s worth of creepy BS.

            • 110 jacquelineoboomer
              February 3, 2015 at 8:39 pm

              If it weren’t for President Obama, I’d just tune out. But there’s no way I’m missing his remaining two years in office!

  38. February 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm


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