- Posted September 29, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Obamacare: Your story
I turn 50 tomorrow (9/30/2013). Have worked in healthcare since i was 21 years old. Gladly paid my premiums for group coverage through my several employers over the years. Was diagnosed 6 years ago with a congenital heart valve defect,,,,,Otherwise have been very healthy and have not abused our healthcare system in any way. now since my partner and I have decided to lower my hours to PRN,,,meaning I do not qualify for benefits thru my employer, I am unable to get health insurance via a private plan because of my "pre existing condition". We are willing to pay a company for my coverage(Anthem,,, we would have paid them 400-500 $/month for my premiums), but they declined me. We are paying Cobra rates to continue my coverage,,,,Because we are gay and cannot legally marry, this is a complicated issue. We want to contribute to the open marketplace so I can obtain health insurance. I am otherwise a very healthy individual,,,,not overweight,,do not smoke,,or have any other health issues. Hard working, law abiding ,,,much tax paying citizens.
More to this story if interested,,,,feeling dissappointed by a system that we have been loyal to and contributed to for many years.
Many say they dont want to pay into a system they will not use,,,, We have chosen to be childless,,,yet we gladly pay property taxes to benefit schools for children of strangers and those that may disagree with our life,,,,,everyone will eventually use the healthcare system. Age does not guarantee immunity from a catastrophic accident or illness. I have been blessed to have so far avoided any of these. My parents instilled in me from the time i graduated high school and then college to always have health insurance coverage. Was not an option for me to go without, even though i was not making a lot of money. Yes, I could have had a few extra dolllars to my name if I had chosen to decline coverage, but that was not the best thing for me or our society. We all use it, and should all pay what we can to maintain it.