Monday, March 6, 2017

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Ironically those Americans who hate Obamacare are now benefitting from the program. Many are unemployed very sick hard working coal miners with serious diseases   like black lung from breathing many years of coal mining dust in their lungs. Finally they are receiving expensive treatments that they could never afford before to make the quality of their lives just a bit better. The irony is that these are the same people who despise Obama and who voted for Trump who has only promised to abolish Obamacare, not even approve it and provide Americans with a new plan of which we have no clue of what exactly he has in mind. Lately we don’t even know if he is of sound mind with all the antics he has pulled so far into his new Presidency.
Look at Kentucky who were red state voters. It is the land of bluegrass music and where good Bourbon Whisky flows easily. It is the proud home of the Kentucky Derby where some of America’s finest horses are breed. It is also now an example of where the Obamacare program has worked well. People like women who are diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer now get the expensive life- saving treatments on their insurance plans.  Without insurance the women would have to pay out of pocket for treatments that can cost up to $40,000 dollars per month. Few can afford those prices. These women with such advanced cancer were given only a few more months to live. Now they are thriving.
These women along with 20 million other citizens are worried that they will lose their health plans while they wait for Trump’s decisions. Trump has been beating the drum for repeal of everything. In Kentucky the number of the uninsured people has dropped since the law was passed. It went from 20% uninsured down to 10% uninsured folks.  Whitesberg, Kentucky   has a   population of   only about   2,000   people and is nestled in between the Appalachian Mountains.  It is a hard working proud American coal mining town.  The people there in this rural area are   suffering   from problems with diabetes, cancer and obesity. Even just the coal truck drivers after working there for 10 years are suffering from black lung caused by breathing in coal dust.
There are nearly half a million people from Kentucky that are now benefitting with Medicaid under Obamacare. The healthcare is crucial to the benefit of the community. Dr. Van Breeding of the Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation has treated classmates from his childhood and has seen them suffer from black lung who are worn out and disabled who can’t work anymore and can barely breath. These people now know that Obamacare has saved their lives with much needed healthcare now offered to them. The very people who voted for Trump their hero, now are begging for reform and not to repeal Obamacare.

One person who was working for Healthcare.guv signed up about 3,000 people over the past few years. She is worried what will happen to her job and to all the people she had to convince to join the plans. January had the last day of open enrollment. Most people didn’t have any healthcare for many years and just stayed away from doctors and hoped for sheer luck with their health needs. The problem still with Obamacare is that the premiums are still too expensive. Most people don’t have about $400 a month just to pay for the insurance. Yes, the program needs to be improved. Those who can’t afford it still go without health insurance. Think about that Mr. Trump when you are on the golf course at your Florida palace every weekend! 

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