The Freedom To Pursue Dreams. Thanks, ObamaCare

Don't Tread ObamaCare


Amy Lynn Smith: The Affordable Care Act Gives Virginia Woman The Freedom To Pursue Her Dream

Lisa Kaneff has always considered herself a writer. In fact, that’s how she’s always introduced herself to people. But she wasn’t living that dream to the fullest, until the Affordable Care Act (ACA) made it possible. After 12 years in marketing, Lisa says she woke up one day feeling “stuck” in a professional current, just floating along. She didn’t have any debt other than a small student loan, and being in her early 30s she decided the time was right. Lisa, who lives in Virginia, launched her business in March 2014 as a full-time writer. She works frequently with progressive non-profits and politicians. “Writing about candidates that supported the ACA was inspiring,” she says. “I felt like these people were fighting for me, too.”

Lisa has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal imbalance that can lead to other health issues if left untreated. She also has a thyroid condition and has had multiple foot surgeries. These conditions require regular follow-up with her doctors. When Lisa tried to apply for insurance during her unemployment, she could not even get bare-bones catastrophic coverage because of her PCOS. A second insurer turned her down for the simple fact that she’d been turned down by the first insurer. Eventually, she was able to get insurance but it didn’t cover much for the price. Thanks to the ACA, everything Lisa needs is covered.

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116 Responses to “The Freedom To Pursue Dreams. Thanks, ObamaCare”

  1. March 13, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Heaven knows I love my obamacare!

  2. March 13, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    You’re the Queen of Stupendous Obamacare news Nerdy, thank you enooooooormously for the latest installment!

    • 21 Jeff
      March 13, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      please read if you can… Completely upsetting and depressing as this story is.

      • 22 donna dem 4 obama
        March 13, 2015 at 5:57 pm

        This is horrible. I’m in tears. How can this young girls youth be stolen like this? I am beyond disgusted. I have no words!!! 😯

      • March 13, 2015 at 6:07 pm

        Jeff, this is an horrific story. It underlines to me how little our society as a whole cares about children. We underfund education, counselors in schools are rare. Sometimes it seems to me that we don’t have much to offer besides incarceration. Children’s issues are last on the table. But what absolutely blew me away was the fact that these men, these police officers, would have treated an 11 YEAR OLD in such a way, I don’t care how unstable she appeared or how inconsistent her story was. Did none of them have children of their own? It’s appalling and probably not terribly uncommon. We are so advanced in many ways but we still have a long way to go to call ourselves civilized in some areas.

  3. March 13, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    While in Phoenix ….

  4. March 13, 2015 at 5:27 pm

  5. 31 JER
    March 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Awaiting The President’s Departure Phoenix, Arizona – http://www.abc15.com/live

  6. March 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Posted this less than 30 min ago and another ~ 500 have already signed …

    Also, this matters ….

    bbl ….

  7. 38 jacquelineoboomer
    March 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Finally put my “Don’t Tread On My Obamacare” sticker away, so the sun wouldn’t fade it – plus, IT’S THE LAW OF THE LAND! Thanks for all the follow-ups, NW.

  8. March 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm

  9. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    March 13, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    ICYMI – Fabulous!

  10. March 13, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Everyone can pat me on the back now. I used my excellent customer service skills to listen and empathize with a patron. I rock.

  11. March 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm

  12. 50 57andfemale
    March 13, 2015 at 5:47 pm

  13. 51 JER
    March 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm

  14. March 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm

  15. 53 Nena20409
    March 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Friday the 13th, 2015.
    Nothing puts a 🙂 on my face than one of NW’s ObamaCare Post Pieces. ❤ ❤ ❤ it. Thank you, Nerdy Wonka.
    POTUS visited Wounded Worrier Cory again…….this has got to be their 5/6 meetings since POTUS saw him in the Hospital in 2009/2010. Then at Walter Reed. Then in AZ. Then at WH Function. Then at a SOTU event. And now, back at AZ.
    POTUS has Never forgotten Cory.
    Yes, In_Deed.

    MightyPamela has the Golden ⭐ Yes!

  16. 56 JER
    March 13, 2015 at 6:04 pm

  17. 60 Nena20409
    March 13, 2015 at 6:07 pm

  18. 61 Nena20409
    March 13, 2015 at 6:10 pm

  19. 62 vcprezofan2
    March 13, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    If you are an entrepreneur the White House is ‘calling’ you to check out its first Demo Day.


    Right now, too many Americans have the grit and creativity of a world-class entrepreneur, but not the resources—whether that’s mentorship, networking, funding, or training—to make their ideas a reality. We can help change that

    The first-ever White House Demo Day will bring together entrepreneurs from all walks of life, from all across the country. And unlike a private-sector Demo Day, where entrepreneurs show off for funders, ours will “demo” individual success stories, highlighting the individual journeys of a diverse set of entrepreneurs—people whose stories show exactly why we need to grow the pie to make sure there’s opportunity for everyone in our innovation economy.


    Want to be a part of it?
    If your organization is looking to ensure that America taps its full entrepreneurial potential, we want to hear from you. Tell us about what you’re ready to do to help empower everyone with the next great idea and the determination to make it a reality.



  20. 63 Nena20409
    March 13, 2015 at 6:12 pm

  21. 65 No Child Left Behind
    March 13, 2015 at 6:17 pm

  22. 67 Nena20409
    March 13, 2015 at 6:20 pm

  23. 70 nospin
    March 13, 2015 at 6:32 pm

  24. 71 Vicki
    March 13, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Sorry, TOD—HBO’s VICE is on tonight just after Bill Maher. I don’t know if the interview with PBO is on tonight, but I’ll be watching.
    On an earlier post I said, incorrectly, that VICE is on Sunday nights.

  25. 72 JER
    March 13, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    • 73 GGail
      March 13, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks PBO for visiting us here on the West Coast, we enjoyed you. Come back again, ya hear?

      Our resident ATC, JER will see you safely home 🙂

  26. March 13, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I won’t be able to unsee this…. After seeing Chips’s Newtkini….I thought I had seen it all!

  27. 84 Linda
    March 13, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    PHOENIX, March 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama met with the parents and brother of deceased U.S. aid worker and Islamic State hostage Kayla Mueller while in Phoenix on Friday, a White House spokesman said.

    “The president expressed his and the First Lady’s condolences for Kayla’s death,” spokesman Eric Schultz said.

    “He appreciated the chance to hear from the Muellers more about Kayla’s compassion and dedication to assisting those in need around the world, and recognized the family’s efforts to set up the foundation ‘Kayla’s Hands’ to improve the lives of others.”

  28. March 13, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Former GWB speechwriter:

    • 87 99ts
      March 13, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      The GOP letter article – simply bemoaning the fact that the GOP were so stupid, thinks the President will thus “get away with bad policy” – attacks PBO policies and says he should have to get senate approval for any deal – typical GOPer – forgets how ALL other Presidents operated. Pffffft

      • 88 TrumpDog
        March 13, 2015 at 8:45 pm

        Obama can’t even get an Attorney General vote.
        F*ck waiting around for Senate approval.
        Not to mention (as you correctly stated) that’s not how it was with other presidents.

        So to sum it up:
        No other president has had to produce a birth certificate.
        No other president has had to prove their religion
        No other president has had to prove their patriotism
        No other president had to have their treaty approved by the Senate.

        Gee, wonder what’s so different about Obama????

  29. March 13, 2015 at 7:18 pm

  30. March 13, 2015 at 7:29 pm

  31. March 13, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Some have said that there are worse towns than Ferguson…i say perhaps..but if we can kill the root from the Tree of Institutional Racism in ONE town…that will be one less…

  32. 95 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 13, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Good evening, TOD!

    Programming alert: “Centric Celebrates Selma” is airing right now on BET & Centric.

  33. 96 vcprezofan2
    March 13, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    // ………….

    His [Tom Cotton] army service was no doubt a noble pursuit, but it was during this time that Cotton’s particular brand of politics began to shine through a little bit. From Iraq, Cotton published an open letter—apparently he’s a fan of the format—in the right-wing blog Power Line calling for two journalists and the then–executive editor of The New York Times to be jailed and prosecuted for publishing an investigative piece about how the United States tracks terrorist finances. (Jim Lobe pointed out yesterday that those who would defend Cotton’s latest open letter to the Iranians on free-speech grounds may want to check this episode out first.)

    The Power Line item made a big splash, and, according to The Atlantic, he struck up a correspondence with neocon don Bill Kristol. When Cotton returned for a stateside army posting, the pair “met frequently over drinks and dinner at Washington’s downtown Mayflower Hotel.” Again to his credit, Cotton volunteered for another combat tour, this time in Afghanistan, eventually attaining the rank of captain. Then Cotton returned stateside again as a civilian and clerked for a judge.

    When Cotton entered politics in 2012, winning a House seat representing his native Arkansas, things again started to turn a little bit hawkish, then a little bit unreasonable. (The Atlantic characterized his domestic record in the House as “conservative absolutism,” as he voted, for instance, against emergency disaster relief.)

    The hawkishness was, initially, pro-forma: in an interview after the election but before taking his seat, Cotton told the neoconservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, “There are evil people in the world who would do evil things.” He added that Iran was gaining influence and “It’s important to remind the American people why we’re still engaged [militarily].” Rubin, who has herself advocated attacking Iran for years, lauded Cotton as a potential ideological replacement for the Democratic hawk Joseph Lieberman.

    …………………….. //


  34. March 13, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Idon had a very long comment at END of last thread. Can someone bring it over? I can’t right now. Folks need to read it.

    • March 13, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      March 13, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      When racist white peeps declare diversity means white genocide or white genocide is a byproduct of diversity, what they are really talking about is an extremely primitive fear of being “disappeared.” What does it mean to racists to be “disappeared”? It means the MELANIZATION of America. More people are being born with melanin than people without. People are marrying and reproducing with people of their choice and this has led to what one of the characters on BLACK”ISH predicted would happen 10 years down the road. “It doesn’t matter anyway because in 10 years, we’re all gonna be Puerto Rican.” In 20 years or less, the physical characteristics on which white racism is based will disappear in the US population making it difficult to disseminate conflict and division based on the way someone looks. Instiutionalized white racism was an essential economic driver of our capitalist system. Now America and the world is slowly but aggressively chipping away at that old craziness. White racists have failed to adjust to these changes, through housing, education, socialization and employment. The KKKGOP which is the political and policy arm of white racism have promised these poor souls that they will bring back the good ole days through legislation, e.g. gerrymandering, voter suppression, voter intimidation, media manipulation, and the killing and/or incarceration of men of color, especially young African American men between the ages of 12 and 25 years. So let me get back to the melanization of America. Evolution teaches us that species choose those characteristics that increase its survival relative to changing environmental conditions. So we have a huge hole in the ozone layer increasing penetration of the sun’s rays along with rising temperatures. There has been an increase in skin cancer which is much more prevalent in people without melanin, e.g. white people. Even though people of color get skin cancer. It is extremely rare although more deadly because it is diagnosed later. My point is white people who choose reproductive partners of color may unconscioulsy do so to increase the survival of their offspring. This is probably one of the most fun and best ways to eliminate racism. AA peeps who look like me and Europeans who look like my husband will be a thing of the past. No it doesn’t mean dark melanin people will disappear or those with very little melanin. I’m just saying in the future, most people will be a combination of the three racial categories and I consider this a good thing. Melanin will be an even more desirable physical characteristic (even more so than today) because, aside from its beauty, it increases the likelihood of human survival. Underneath the SAE racist rant is this primitive fear. The fear of being “disappeared.” We need to expose this primtitive fear and show how it is connected to racist behavior as well as the racist narratives and policies articulated and diseeminated by the KKKGOP and the mainstream media.”

  35. 100 vcprezofan2
    March 13, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Changing the Story about Mental Health in America
    Posted by Rory Brosius on March 04, 2015 at 06:19 PM EDT – [Rory Brosius is the Deputy Director of Joining Forces.]

    Today, in support of her Joining Forces initiative, the First Lady spoke at the launch of The Campaign to Change Direction, a nation-wide effort to raise awareness around mental health in America. Spearheaded by Give an Hour and co-sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the campaign is designed to change the story of mental health across the nation by urging all Americans to learn the five signs that someone might be in distress.


  36. 103 vcprezofan2
    March 13, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks, Obamacare!

  37. March 13, 2015 at 8:37 pm

  38. March 13, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I concur with his assessment of probable cause ….

  39. 107 vcprezofan2
    March 13, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Moms Matter in Our Fight Against Climate Change

    Posted by Gina McCarthy, Lisa Hoyos, Harriet Shugarman, Kuae Mattox, and Dominique Browning on March 12, 2015 at 03:50 PM EDT

    Our children mean the world to us. So as moms, when we say we must meet our moral obligation to leave the next generation a world that is safe and healthy, we mean it. For us moms, it’s personal. It’s our children and grandchildren who are currently suffering from the effects of pollution. It’s our children and grandchildren who make up the future generations each one of us is obligated to protect. This March marks Women’s History Month; a time to recognize the unwavering strength of the mothers coming together to organize, speak out, and stand up for the health of their children.

    …………… //


  40. March 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm

  41. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    March 13, 2015 at 8:48 pm


    ^^^ Evenin’.

  42. March 13, 2015 at 8:58 pm

  43. March 13, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    “I refuse to get caught up in that nonsense because there are some signal issues that I’m interested in hearing about. For example, I need to know how strongly Clinton will fight off Wall Street attempts to gut the Dodd/Frank reforms. Her past hawkishness towards Iran and her recommendation as Secretary of State that we send troops into Syria raise all sorts of questions for me about how she would handle the ongoing unrest in the Middle East. I’m also very interested in things like her thoughts about the war on drugs, criminal justice reform and what kind of people she would nominate to the Supreme Court or important positions like Attorney General.”

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