Living With Diabetes? ObamaCare Has You Covered


Amy Lynn Smith: Life With Diabetes Is Sweeter Thanks To Obamacare

When Alexander Star was 15 years old, he thought he was the picture of health, especially after he made the varsity basketball team. But when he told one of his teachers he needed to go to the bathroom every 10 minutes, she rightly told him he should be checked for diabetes. Frequent urination is a classic warning sign. When the doctors tested Star’s blood glucose level, it was 1,300 mg/dL – dangerously high considering that even in people with diabetes the goal is to keep blood glucose levels between about 100 and 150 mg/dL. “The doctors wondered why I wasn’t in a coma,” says Star, who is now a 29-year-old recording artist/songwriter living in Florida. “That was the beginning of my journey as a type 1 diabetic.”

 He was covered under his father’s insurance plan until he turned 26 – when he suddenly found himself without health insurance he could afford. “The COBRA plan I was on shot up from $120 a month to $512 a month for the exact same plan, a cost that was not do-able for me,” Star says. Fortunately, the Obamacare marketplace opened up soon after and he enrolled in a new plan. “If it wasn’t for Obamacare, I don’t know how I’d be capable of taking care of myself,” Star says. “Even if I had a lot of money, before Obamacare they could still decline me because I have a pre-existing condition.” Star signed up for a plan with better coverage and more personal attention than he received from his previous plan. His premiums are around $150 a month and he doesn’t pay anything extra for his insulin pump or continuous blood glucose monitor – diabetes management options his previous provider never even told him about.

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115 Responses to “Living With Diabetes? ObamaCare Has You Covered”

  1. January 26, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    These Iowans get only 90 campaign ads per day – they’re lucky! http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-iowa-family-drowning-in-campaign-ads/?ex_cid=538twitter Only 6 days, 2 hours, 1 minute to go! 🙂

    • 2 Anna
      January 26, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Congrats on first muscatinegal from a born and raised in Iowa me, not the Joni Ernst, “Braindead” gov grandstand, Steve “I am a King”. My grandfather is probably cursing up a storm from where ever he is hanging out these days. Thanks for the reports from Iowa.

  2. 4 sherijr
    January 26, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you Nerdy!

    On a creepy note, this person followed me:

    Daniel RIce
    The enemy needs to be at the receiving end of a scope. I’m an armed warrior walking among you. I’m a gunslinger. #USMC #LEO
    San Diego, CA · http://www.nothillaryclinton.org

    How is this even allowed by Twitter?

  3. January 26, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    And if President Obama had held out for single payer, Mr. Star might have been dead, or disabled by now.

  4. January 26, 2016 at 6:04 pm


    how does it look to ya///

    • January 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      It looks like Trump might win it – which hopefully will kill off Iowa’s “first in the nation” status for next time. 🙂 On the Democratic side, I’m kinda assuming that once the Bernie kids realize they have to stay at the caucus site for several hours, they will get bored and go home.

  5. January 26, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    NW…thanks for the Obamacare reminder…..so important

  6. January 26, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    And congratulations on the gold, muscatinegal!

  7. January 26, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    • 13 CEB
      January 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      A-A’s especially after Bill’s remarks about Barack’s run being a “fairy tale.” were fired up and fierce. It got downright ugly in SC between supporters of Hills and Barack. This was just before the Florida primary and I finally made up my mind to take a chance on the “Renegade” and lobbied my family members to do so as well. My sibs and cousins went for Barack while the generation just above us went for Hillary. Of course, everyone came around by the general election and were all out for the “skinny kid with the funny name.”

    • 14 mtmarilyn
      January 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      I remember that night. I was still so mad at Bill, I didn’t think I could ever forgive him

  8. 15 Judith Fardig
    January 26, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Congrats on first, Muscatinegal! The plague of Presidential hopefuls will be leaving Iowa soon! Yay for Obamacare! Take a #HealthySelfie with someone.

    • 16 Judith Fardig
      January 26, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Note – my grandpa made it to 99.5. Sadly, died of a stroke 6 months before the big 100th birthday party we were planning for him. He attributed his longevity to many friends, exercise (golfing many times per week), a loving family, and a creative outlet (photography). I am amused by this photo of him in his teeny yellow Speedo doing a headstand on his roof. It was a tradition for every decade birthday. My sister’s first baby was born on his 100th birthday, so the family circle was completed.

      • 17 Anna
        January 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm

        My staunch Iowa Democrat Grandpa lived to 94, days short of his 95th. Wish he was around to set some of those less than intelligent current Iowans straight! Spent 10 days in Iowa last summer and was stunned by some I know and their racist, anti-gay, anti health care, anti everything unless it was all about their church and beliefs. I would never call them Christians.

      • 18 MightyPamela
        January 26, 2016 at 10:35 pm

        {{{{{ ❤ }}}}}

  9. January 26, 2016 at 6:41 pm

  10. January 26, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I am constantly reading good reviews about Southside With You, the movie about the First Couple first date.

  11. 22 CEB
    January 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    My Obamacare story: 2nd year that there has not been an increase in my premiums (I am not of the age for medicare). No extra costs for screenings, annual check-ups, and flu shots, as well such low costs for meds that they are almost free. I live in Florida under the Scott (medicare fraud) regime where medicaid has not been expanded. Hopefully those suffering through lack of healthcare will finally get themselves to the polls during mid-term elections and get rid of him and his ilk as the people of Louisiana did.

  12. January 26, 2016 at 7:13 pm

  13. January 26, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Wonder what this is about..

  14. January 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm

  15. January 26, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    OMG, just make it stop.

    • January 26, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      hahahahahah….ohhh myyy goodness….

      the media…the media…the media…trying their best to create news…

    • 42 yardarm756
      January 26, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      MO ain’t gonna go for that.

    • 43 Obama Grandmama
      January 26, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Can you imagine the GOP Senators ever confirming our PBO for SCOTUS?

      • January 26, 2016 at 11:19 pm

        I cannot! In the current toxic political atmosphere, created by right wingers, there is absolutely no way Republicans, and I mean every Republican Senator, would vote for the confirmation of President Obama as a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. President Obama knows it and so does Hillary. This is not 1920-1921 when former President Taft was nominated and confirmed as the Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court.

  16. 45 tnmtngirl
    January 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Was listening to Make it Plain on my home about an hour ago. Mark was doing an interview with some guy from DFA (Democracy For America). It was ALL about Bernie. His endorsements from some of the labor unions, all the ways DFA is helping him–raise $$$$$$$, boots on the ground, etc., etc. When he talked about Bernie’s stance on the banks, inequality, health care, he said, “One thing is for sure. Bernie has a proven track record on these so we know he will deliver.” I laughed aloud!!! He said some other things that were just so unrealistic. All perfect examples of how his supporters are living in some “lala land.”

  17. January 26, 2016 at 8:03 pm


  18. January 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Love these guys!!

  19. January 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm

  20. January 26, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    another feud between Fox and Trump….this is getting so old

  21. January 26, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I hope that this turns out to be true

  22. January 26, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Oh, well.

  23. 57 amk for obama
    January 26, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    krispie kreme whines about young woman now.


    this is the ratfucker pos who will bomb, bomb russia.

  24. January 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    This must be jon favs’ doggie!

  25. 59 amk for obama
    January 26, 2016 at 8:38 pm

  26. 60 amk for obama
    January 26, 2016 at 8:39 pm

  27. 61 amk for obama
    January 26, 2016 at 8:41 pm

  28. 62 No Child Left Behind
    January 26, 2016 at 8:50 pm

  29. 63 No Child Left Behind
    January 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I hope that his political life is term-limited!

  30. 64 No Child Left Behind
    January 26, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    • 65 COS
      January 26, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      This ad can be duplicated by Cruz. Insert Huckabee’s name in the place of Cruz. They are the same. Are we looking for a minister or a President for the White House?

  31. 66 JER
    January 26, 2016 at 9:02 pm

  32. 68 No Child Left Behind
    January 26, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    WARNING: Do not watch before sleep.

  33. 70 No Child Left Behind
    January 26, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Oh, oh!

    • 74 99ts
      January 26, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      A GOP President would probably ignore it – would love someone to ask Trump what he would do – build a wall around it?

      • 75 jacquelineoboomer
        January 26, 2016 at 10:36 pm

        Hi, 99ts – Actually, GWB had a good record on fighting the spread of AIDS. Surprisingly!

        • 76 99ts
          January 27, 2016 at 12:53 am

          And Reagan? I do like that PBO is proactive on such issues but good to hear there was something GWB got right

          My problem with the GOP is that too many think prayer is the answer rather than actually doing something.The current crop scare me mightily as they are negative about everything except war.

  34. 79 No Child Left Behind
    January 26, 2016 at 9:13 pm

  35. January 26, 2016 at 9:14 pm

  36. 81 No Child Left Behind
    January 26, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    To be filed under Brilliant Tweets.

  37. 82 JER
    January 26, 2016 at 9:22 pm

  38. 85 No Child Left Behind
    January 26, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    If we could throw these two vile characters in a cage then throw away the key, I am all for it!

  39. 87 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Good Evening TOD.
    It looks like Sen Sanders is not really for the Not Sanctioned NH Debate. Both HRC and MO’M have agreed.

  40. 88 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 9:32 pm

  41. 89 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 9:37 pm

  42. 90 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 9:38 pm

  43. January 26, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    The FBI is finally making their move.

  44. 92 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    A Black man can’t play a Fictional 007 Bond or Spider Man, but a White man can play MJ?

  45. January 26, 2016 at 9:53 pm

  46. 96 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2016 at 9:58 pm

  47. 97 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 10:01 pm

  48. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2016 at 10:05 pm

  49. 100 Nena20409
    January 26, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      January 26, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Just getting here, so this may be posted already. Being reported on Lawrence’s show that two protesters were shot (one dead, one injured), about six were arrested, in the standoff.

    • 102 jacquelineoboomer
      January 26, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Once I scrolled up, I see it’s covered!

    • 103 idon
      January 26, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      This suggest the FBI had someone (probably special forces) inside. Great conclusion. But I imagine there will be many many more arrests. Notice none of these terrorists listed Oregon as their state of residence.

  50. January 26, 2016 at 10:17 pm

  51. 106 desertflower
    January 26, 2016 at 10:21 pm


    REALLY,ASSHOLE??? !!!!! Govt is awful except when you want it to bail your damn incompetent ass out! These children deserve whatever they can get to be functional and well….what a joke Republicans are. Any questions, America??

  52. January 26, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    where is CNN…with their breaking news?????

  53. January 26, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Won’t stop trying …..

    Hope you all have a pleasant evening and I could not be more delighted that the Bundy’s are going to occupy Federal property for a very long time ….

  54. 112 amk for obama
    January 26, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    yup, this in a nutshell.

  55. January 26, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    If you see any reports of Red Square (Moscow) being closed and rumors about Putin’s “ill health,” I suggest just giving it several more hours …. it’s likely all bs, but who knows. The dude has made a bunch of enemies, for sure ….

  56. 115 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    I’m one snowstorm away from this. Ha!

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