People who bash the Affordable Care Act can officially go suck a rusty nail. Yes, the website is godawful; only six people were able to enroll on the day it was launched, and I unfortunately was not one of them. I will grant this to critics. Nobody was swearing in the general direction of the White House more than me when that disaster occurred.
But now, thanks to the tax credit I receive, I can afford health insurance for the first time in YEARS. It covers everything I need, except dental (I could get a separate plan if I wanted to spend the money, however). It's not an HMO. It's not a crappy plan with a seven-thousand dollar deductible (the deductible is six hundred, if you must know). It's not a coinsurance plan. I get $4 prescription, $4 primary doctor visits, and $25 specialist visits (first three primary doctor visits are $0 copay, which will last me most of the year). The closest doctor that accepts the plan is literally three minutes away from my home. If I get rushed to the emergency room, the most I'll have to pay after deductible is a hundred dollars, so the most I'll pay for an ER visit is $700--a fair deal, considering. If I need surgery, it's no charge after deductible. If (what am I saying, "if") I go insane, inpatient mental facilities are no charge after deductible.
If I wanted to go HMO, I could have had a plan for no deductible and no premium. But I don't want that, and for what seems like the first time in my life, I actually feel like I had a choice. So **** you, Republicans. And thank you for the tax dollars.
Short version: THANKS, OBAMA!