Couple Hated Obamacare Until They Were Covered by Obamacare Under a Different Name
In 2013, Jimmy Kimmel polled Americans on what they liked more, Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act.
Americans picked sides over the same law based solely on the name and were completely unaware they were being played by the comedian.
Now, Time magazine reports on an Ohio couple who didn't want anything to do with Obamacare, but now call it a "godsend."
"I don't think Obamacare will help us. I don't want anything to do with it," Stephanie Recchi told Time back in October 2013. "I hear a lot of bad things about it, that it doesn't cover pre-existing conditions and it's too expensive."
Of course, Obamacare actually banned health insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.
Before Obamacare went into effect, Stephanie's husband Sean was diagnosed with cancer and was told by the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas how their nearly $500-a-month private health insurance plan was basically worthless.
The MD Anderson Cancer Center wanted $83,900 upfront to create a treatment plan for Sean and his first transfusion. On top of that, Sean was being charged $77 per box for gauze pads and thousands of dollars for routine lab tests.
"When they came to my office, Stephanie told me right up front, 'I don't want any part of Obamacare,'" health-insurance agent Barry Cohen told Time. "These were clearly people who don't like the president. So I kind of let that slide and just asked them for basic information and told them we would go on the Ohio exchange and show them what's available."
Apparently, the couple wasn't aware that the Ohio exchange is part of the federal Obamacare program, so they agreed to try it.
Because the couple's income was under $40,000 for 2013, they were automatically signed up for Medicaid, which is free.
"This is wonderful," said Stephanie.
Her husband won't get MD Anderson (few insurance plans in Ohio would cover the pricey Texas hospital), but Stephanie added, "We do get the Cleveland Clinic and lots of other good care."
According to The New York Times, Medicaid sign-ups in West Virginia have been sky-rocketing with low income people finally getting coverage under Obamacare.
75,000 West Virginians have signed up for Medicaid, reducing the state's uninsured number by about a third.
ACASignups.net reports that 6.2 million Americans have been signed up for Medicaid under Obamacare.