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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 10:20 PM

My coworker has the most poisonous hatred for Obama out of everyone I know [View all]

The pure, raw savagery of it really surprised me when I lightheartedly replied to what seemed like a fairly ordinary "I hate Obama" post on FB.

There's a back-story, though, and I got the info today. Can anyone confirm what she's claiming re: the Affordable Care Act?

Her son, born earlier this year, has a congenital heart defect requiring extensive medical care already in his young life, and the bills keep piling up. My coworker asserts that she hates Obama because some clauses of the ACA took effect October 1 2012 and somehow reclassified her son in a way that denies him full coverage for specialist visits. As a result, she needs to recalibrate her (admittedly inadequate) insurance that she gets through our employer, and ultimately it won't come anywhere near to covering the costs.

She feels that this is due to Obama's policies, rather than to the shortcomings of her private, employer provided insurance.

She's no dummy, and I respect her quite a bit, so much so that I didn't bother getting into a stupid pissing contest with her on the subject; she is obviously dealing with horrors on a day-to-day basis that I am thankful not to have to face. She's on track to accumulate well over half a million in medical bills with no end in sight. Short of hitting the lottery or declaring bankruptcy, she'll be paying them off for the rest of her life.

For this reason, I won't pursue the matter with her further unless she brings it up, but I'm curious: what do you suppose she's talking about? What policy went into effect on 10/1/2012 and knocked her son into insurance/specialist limbo? She didn't give specifics, and her rage was so potent that I didn't want to press for specifics in the workplace.

Any ideas?

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