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It's 11PM, Sun night.  I'm posting my view.  Like it or not.  
 
Here's my story.  I was an honor graduate at Benton High School, attended UA Fayetteville and UALR, and am now 3 hours shy (Physics II) of an Electrical Engineering Technology Degree in college.  I worked at restaurants, insurance companies, and in finance until I got a job with Southwestern Bell /  SBC / ATT in 1990. 

 I took great pride in my work, and I was the best at everything I did.  I felt honored to be a part of the SBC / ATT team.  Worked my way from operator, to communication technician, to engineer.
Great life, great money!   Then in July of 2011, I was fired for being 10 minutes late to work, and for falsifying company records (my time sheet - which BTW I never filled out until the end of each work day, but was brought in and fired at 2PM AFTER my boss had told me to fill out my time sheet to reflect 8-5 and make up the 10 minutes at lunch - which - I never ever took a lunch ANYWAY because there was too much on my plate...)

I was denied unemployment based on these allegations.  Other reasons people don't get unemployment is for violence in the workplace, or watching porn on company computers.  Hmmm...  Yes, I could have filed a lawsuit.  The FCC would have had a FIELD day with every devious action that AT&T had instructed me to do during my time there.  However, God did not lead me in that direction.

God led me down a different path, which I am still on.  A path where I have no income, no insurance, and no way to pay my utility bills.  PERIOD.  After the awesome life I had led, this was a bold slap in the face.  However, it taught me humility.  I had my 401K to live on, and that was not much.

This is in response to a FB post asking that people share how 'Obamacare' has helped, or how their insurance has changed.  I have had no insurance coverage since 12/2011.  COBRA cost $350 a month just for me after I was fired.  I could not pay it, so it lapsed.  I needed it so badly, as I was injured in a car wreck in 8/2008.  I could no longer concentrate due to the pain.  I was very rude to co-workers, to customers, to my boss, and to his superiors.  I was ready to die, I hurt so bad.

On 1/2/14, I received my "AmbetterArkansas" insurance card in the mail.  Obamacare.  Yes.  I had called in a refill for one of my prescriptions on 12/23/13.  I called the pharmacy to see if they knew if it would be covered.  They said call the insurance company.  I had already done that, they told me to call the pharmacy.  YEA!  But, this was extremely small potatoes compared to what I was expecting - denial of the claim. 

I drove to the pharmacy, they had my prescription ready, I handed the lady my card, and she said,
"IT WORKED!!  I was like, "Huh?"  She said, "It took it!  You owe $0.00!!"  Normally this particular prescription cost $150 per month at Walgreens, and that is just one of four that I get each month.  I was like, "No.  Really?"  She said, "YES!!"

So, for those of you who want to down Obamacare for whatever reason, just know that there are deserving people, like myself, that are being helped by this program.  Just a true real-life story.
  
No, I don't like handouts, but right now, I will accept them gladly.  Thank you for listening.  I hope this helps someone, somewhere - know that you aren't the only one down on your luck.  There is help.

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Comment by Ellen Gregan on January 6, 2014 at 7:35pm

I'm sorry for your situation but so happy that you have coverage and help!

Comment by Karen Ragsdale on January 6, 2014 at 1:47pm

And thank you Carlton !!

Comment by Karen Ragsdale on January 6, 2014 at 1:47pm

Thank you John for the info :)

Comment by Karen Ragsdale on January 6, 2014 at 1:46pm

I worked for 30 years, and I paid my taxes.  If I can get help through whatever means available to me right now, I will use this help, as the company I worked my tail off for has dismissed me and pretty much called me a criminal.  I understand not everyone is happy with Obamacare, and I don't know that I am 100% happy with every detail.  I just know that right now, it is a vehicle for me to get the help I need so that I can live my life normally.  That's all this story is meant to be.

Comment by Shelli Russell on January 6, 2014 at 11:37am

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Comment by John Eddy on January 6, 2014 at 8:55am

Karen - thank you for your story.  Me personally, I'm not a fan of Obamacare, but I am glad that someone that badly needs it is able to benefit from it.  As for the taxpayer sharing the cost - the taxpayers pay for MANY other ridiculous crap as well as bankrolling foreign nations that we shouldn't be bankrolling.  People on employer's group insurance also share the cost of others in their group plan.. don't forget that.  That's why employers are urging their employees to live a healthy lifestyle in order to keep the group insurance costs low for both the employer portion and the employee portion. 

With your job experience and your post-secondary education, you may want to keep your eyes open for jobs at Windstream Communications.  No one needs to know why you were dismissed from your previous job, and legally AT&T is not able to disclose that information to anyone that asks.  http://www.windstream.com/about-us/careers/

Best of luck to you :)

Comment by Shelli Russell on January 6, 2014 at 8:23am
She did acknowledge it's a handout and she's not proud of it. She's not the only one out there hurting. America is great for more reasons than one and I'm happy that we are able to help each other when help us needed.
Comment by jim catton on January 6, 2014 at 7:41am

what is not mentioned is that the taxpayers paid for this,  the cost is not  $ 0,  it is passed on

 

Comment by Carlton Clay on January 6, 2014 at 6:52am
I have jobs available merchandising in Little Rock. It's not much, but it's a start. Http://Americangreetings.jobs

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