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How Will Obamacare Affect Musicians?

The Affordable Care Act could offer a path to health care for struggling artists.

Meanwhile, Christian is candid about downshifting his career with the Hates while seeing to his wife's health-care needs.

"I definitely had to slow down," he admits. "I put things on hold. I grew up in a pretty conservative household. I always felt guilty because I didn't go to college and get a straitlaced job that would have allowed me to take better care of myself and others."

What he says next speaks to the couple's recent struggles as much as to Christian's punk-rock aspirations.

Musician Lee Alexander opted for teaching public school, in part because of its health insurance benefits.
Jeff Myers
Musician Lee Alexander opted for teaching public school, in part because of its health insurance benefits.
Sean Ozz of The Abyss and his son Zain, who has recovered full use of his arm since an accident.
Jeff Myers
Sean Ozz of The Abyss and his son Zain, who has recovered full use of his arm since an accident.

"I was always pretty determined to do [music] instead, but I've always felt the sacrifices for it," he admits. "You've got to do what you want to do, but it makes you aware of how things would be different if you'd become a doctor or something."

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klarter
klarter

Obamacare is an alternative to universal healthcare. Alternatives goods and services are being created everyday. http://ow.ly/uDlpd

clbryan05
clbryan05

I read the article and it was well written but it did not by any means change my views on Ocare.  I will continue to believe that health care reform needed to come by way of the insurance and pharmacutical companies not by way of the citizens.  People should not be forced to purchase health insurance, which Ocare does, especially coverage and policies that govt officials are exempt from.  If Ocare is so wonderful then by all means it should be just as wonderful for the elected officials.  Doctors and hospital are still regulated by the insurance companies and coverage does not guarantee care.  Death panels exists as well. The expense of rate increases in many employer funded and private funded polices is done in order for the insurance companies to meet the demands of the requirements of Ocare. Many people lost their full time jobs because employers could not afford the rate increases of the plans.  Many people lost plans and their doctors so that other could receive health care at no cost or at subsidized costs.  The insurance companies still control the health care of the citizens which is wrong.  Prior to Ocare people had plans based on their needs they weren’t require to pay in the coverage package things that other people need.  There was already govt and state insurance in place - medicare and medicaid - revisions needed to be made from those since taxpayers already fund those. So in addition to many tax payers who fall in the gap of not being able to afford coverage even through the market place and lost coverage through their employers are still paying taxes for the govt and state insurance and will be paying a penalty tax for not being covered.  I am always glad when someone can get the health care they need and as a parent of an autistic child myself, I know the cost of therapies and therapies don’t “guarantee” success, but they do help provide progress.  If you choose a career that can not provide you with the income to support yourself or your family including health care, then by all means, you may have to supplement that income.   Ocare is still a joke, no American Citizen should be forced to purchase health insurance and since citizens already pay taxes towards govt and state funded insurance - this is where the reform needed to come in.  Ocare is a platform for conversion to socialized medicine.  As a self-employed person I can’t afford covered and under the market place it is a subsidized amount that is still unaffordable BUT REQUIRED BY LAW - and any income tax return I would get will be seized to reimburse the payment of the subsidies and I get thsi at the cost of other people - that’s just not right - I’ve seen how all these musicians can receive coverage through the market place but there was nothing in the story about the cost to non muscians, the loss of policies, the loss of full time jobs, the fact that the officials who developed and require the coverage are exempt from and will be exempt from it for life.  There are tragedies in all walks of life, from the wealthy to the poor and the end result of a life is death, with or without health insurance coverage.  Again, it was well written and a very empathic article to some that need coverage, but it by no means justified the wrongs that are happening in order for this to be effective. We as Christians should give and help from our hearts because that is what we are called to do, we should not be forced to do anything through govt regulations.

Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

Musicians? I was a musician for a good 5 years when I was in my 20's...

the.fae
the.fae

Hopefully through articles like this we can leave the hype behind & have more open discussions about how at the end of the day people just want to be able to afford to take care of themselves & those they love... & then make strides towards improving upon the foundation that has been laid by the ACA.  It is far from perfect, but it is a first step in a better direction.  Thank you, Jef, for taking the care to be as balanced as possible about a subject that inspires so much passion on every side.

drusilla.grey
drusilla.grey

Great article. Hopefully this opens the eyes of those who don't understand why the ACA (and hopefully a future single payer system) are necessary.

tianna6
tianna6

Excellent job, Jef. Thank you for being our voice.

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@the.fae  I really did try to see all sides, and I'm glad it's being well-received. Thanks for reading!

 
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