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    It’s Time to #GetCovered

    “When you’re young it kinda feels like you’ve got the world on a string. You feel invincible. But you’re not. Life happens.”

    Remember this video? Hard to believe it’s been four years already since you joined our fake doctor friends Zach Braff & Donald Faison to demand affordable health care (Zach, we sincerely hope those nipple wounds have healed by now). And now your efforts have come full circle – starting today you can enroll for healthcare coverage! 

    Okay, okay, okay. We get it. The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is confusing, and it doesn’t help that everybody and their mother has a different opinion about it. So here are the important facts you need to know:

    • Are you under 26? You can stay on your parents’ health insurance. No sweat!
    • Do you have a job? Your employer might have healthcare benefits available. Check to see if this is an option.
    • Are you older than 26 and do not have healthcare through work? You can now enroll at www.healthcare.gov/ (and at a competitive price too!).
    • Opting out? Starting next year, you will have to pay a penalty for not having health insurance. The penalty starts small, but will increase gradually over the next few years. 

    Over 19 million Americans ages 18-34 do not have health coverage. Don’t be a statistic. Enroll today and #GetCovered.

    If you have questions, our friends at Young Invincibles have your back: Read up on some Healthcare FAQs.



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    Heather Smith
    Bio: Heather is President of Rock the Vote.
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    3 Responses to “It’s Time to #GetCovered”

    1. shoeless says:

      Yes! Yes! Please enroll. I need the young people (who are the healthiest) to pay into the system so that the older generation can be subsidized by these new suckers who pay in but don’t need the benefits.

      If you stay on your parents insurance, be sure and ask them how much their premiums just increased. Not that it’s your problem, Mom & Dad probably have a tom of money laying around for such expenditures. Or they can go to one of the new exchanges and get coverage there. What’s that? Oh, the exchanges keep crashing. What’s that? Oh, in some counties you now only have one choice as far as who your insurer will be. That’s called a monopoly and has the tendency to gouge since there is no competition.

      Oh, but the president and Congress get subsidies that your parents and you won’t get. That sounds fair.

      C’mon, Heather. Reply and tell me how I’m wrong on all these counts.

    2. shoeless says:

      Here, Heather. I found an in teresting article on the monopoly that the ACA has created and how it will impact patients:

      “That’s a Notification from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, which I received last week. They’re announcing they are dropping all coverage of compounded medications, specifically anything related to hormonal replacement. The reason they are doing this is…..because they can. Sounds trite, but the fact is that the winner of the monopoly sweepstakes for health insurers in Michigan under Obamacare is Blue-Cross. They now have a guaranteed monopoly due to the exchanges.


      Now, what is so devastating about Blue-Cross dropping coverage of the above-listed medications? Well, I lost my mother last year to a condition called Frontotemporal Dementia. This is acute, severe, early-onset dementia and it is hereditary, and has to do with a lack of certain hormones, which in turn, causes a deterioration of the brain. My mother developed her first symptoms around the age of 40, and by the age of 50 was institutionalized. I am at high risk for this disease and have been on compounded hormones for more than 4 years to protect me from developing it. Without them, I have more than an 80% chance of developing Frontotemporal Dementia.”


    3. Rock the Vote says:

      Dear shoeless,
      Thanks for visiting our blog and sharing your views and I apologize for the delay in responding. While we don’t share the same views with you on this particular topic, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
      A few highlights we see in the new law & how it affects young Americans:
      Since the health care reform law’s provision on dependent coverage went into effect in 2010, more than 6 million young people under age 26 have been able to stay on or join a parent’s health plan. These are 6 million people who may have otherwise been uninsured. When people lack insurance, everyone pays. Uninsured young people and their parents, risk incurring large medical bills or medical debt, and the cost of providing uncompensated care to uninsured individuals costs other consumers, health care providers, and taxpayers money.
      In terms of the plans themselves:
      - The number of insurers and plans offered in different areas is a function of the private insurance market, not the consequence of health care reform. Before the health care reform law there were often only a few large insurers operating in or offering plans in a particular area. The health care reform law makes it easier to compare the plans that are offered in their area side by side and increases competition among insurers by encouraging insurers to sell their plans through a transparent, competitive online marketplace.

      Finally I’d like to direct you to this article in the Washington Post written by Ezra Klein titled, “Why Obamacare is Good for Young People” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/08/19/why-obamacare-is-good-for-young-people/

      We receive a lot of phone calls and emails on a daily basis so we aren’t always able to respond to each inquiry but please know we do read everything and take it into consideration as we deploy our programs under the mission of ensuring that young Americans are engaged in the political process, registering to vote and casting ballots.
      Rock the Vote