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A Timeline of the GOP’s Attempts to Destroy Obamacare – Part Three – Continued

This blog post is a continuation of everything significant that happened with Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid, and access to reproductive health care in the United States in 2019. Part Three left off at the end of June of 2019. This blog picks up in July of 2019.

You may want to go back and take a look at the efforts that the Trump administration and the GOP made to destroy people’s access to health care in 2017 and in 2018.

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A Timeline of the GOP’s Attempts to Destroy Obamacare – Part Three

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Before you jump into this blog post, you may want to read Part One and Part Two.

In 2018, the Democratic Party became the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The 116th Congress started on January 3, 2019.

The Democrats set out to stop the GOP from destroying Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care that is affordable for low-income and marginalized people.

Unfortunately, the GOP still had the majority in the U.S. Senate, and President Trump, a Republican, was still President of the United States. As such, the shenanigans continued.

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A Timeline of the GOP’s Attempts to Destroy Obamacare – Part Two

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This is part two of my series of blogs about the ways that the GOP, under President Trump, attempted to destroy Obamacare. You may want to read part one before jumping into this blog post.

This blog post details the shenanigans that happened in 2018, during the 115th Congress. The GOP had the Presidency, the majority in the U.S. Senate and the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Three Month Wait

My health insurance premium unexpectedly increased – without warning – at the start of 2019. This means I’ll be paying more out of pocket than expected. I’ve not yet figured out how to pay for the dental work that I need done, and that my dental health insurance won’t cover.

I am writing this blog post while sick, and knowing that I will not have access to a primary care doctor for three months.

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A Timeline of the GOP’s Attempts to Destroy Obamacare – Part One

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Obamacare is the name most frequently used to refer to President Barack Obama’s signature piece of health care legislation. That’s not the actual name off the health care law, though.  The phrase “Obama-care” was first used by lobbyist Jeanne Schultz Scott in the trade journal Healthcare Financial Management in March 2007.

The name of the law is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (PPACA).  It is often shortened to Affordable Care Act (ACA).  People also call the health care law Obamacare, and it is also sometimes spelled as ObamaCare.

On March 3, 2016, The New York Times reported that President Obama said that enrollment in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act had reached a new high – 20 million people. That figure includes people who have received private health insurance on the exchanges, those who gained Medicaid coverage under state expansions, and young adults who were able to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.

Here is what happened to Obamacare after President Trump took office on January 20, 2017, with a Republican majority in both the U.S. Senate and in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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What Happened After Congress Failed to Renew CHIP Funding

CHIP stands for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  It provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs.  CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements.  The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.

The Medicaid.gov website says that 8.9 million children were enrolled in CHIP (according to 2016 statistical enrollment data).  Eligibility is based on income.  It covers uninsured children up to age 19 in families with incomes too high to qualify them for Medicaid.  CHIP also covers pregnant women who meet income eligibility requirements.  In 2010, the Affordable Care Act extended CHIP eligibility to state employee’s children (who previously were not eligible, regardless of income.)

Here is what happened when the United States Congress failed to renew funding for CHIP in 2017.

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Comment I Wrote Opposing Religious Exemptions for Contraceptive Coverage

The federal government is trying, once again, to allow religious employers to refuse to cover contraception in their employee’s health insurance plans. The time limit for voicing opinion on this proposed change closes on December 5, 2017.   This proposed rule change might also take away contraceptive coverage in Medicaid, Medicare, and plans obtained via the Affordable Care Act.

Here is the comment I wrote to make it clear that I oppose allowing religious employers/organizations to refuse to cover contraceptives.

Information on the rule change can be found here.  Please add your comment to oppose this change before December 5, 2017.  Feel free to use some of what I wrote in my comment in the comment you write.

This blog will be updated as this goes through the courts.

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Update About My Health Insurance Subsidy

In May of this year, my health insurance subsidy magically disappeared.  A bill arrived in which the premium had gone up so much that there was no way we’d be able to pay it.  Long story short,  I ended up having to pick a new plan.

At the time, I had a Silver plan. The subsidy helped me pay for it and my premiums were low enough to make it possible for me to afford health insurance coverage.  My husband and I are both disabled, and my attempt to get Social Security Disability was denied – so I can’t get Medicare.  I’m stuck with individual health insurance from a private company.

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An Open Letter to Assembly Member Anthony Rendon Regarding Single Payer Health Care

Assembly Member Anthony Rendon,

Please stop blocking SB 562 – the bill that could enable Californians to have access to single payer health care.  It is extremely important, now more than ever, that the State of California take steps to protect people’s access to health care.

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Freaking Out Over My Health Insurance Subsidy

I’m going to greatly summarize what just happened.  A little while ago, my husband got a bill from my health insurance company.  For some unknown reasons, my premium went up DRAMATICALLY because my subsidy had been taken away from me.  He later explained that when he got this bill, he was afraid that he would have to get (another) job.

Let me put that into context.  My husband is legally blind and gets Medicare as a result.  He has optic nerve atrophy, which cannot be cured.  He has tried, in the past, from time to time, to get a “regular job” – but is greatly limited by what kind of job he can do because of his vision.  In addition, he already has a job doing freelance writing and audio production.

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