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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.
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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.
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Sean Ozz of The Abyss and his son Zain, who has recovered full use of his arm since an accident.

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"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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sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

notice how this article touches on the musicians care fund


but REFUSES TO ASK


WHY WONT THESE BILLIONAIRS ( COLLECTIVELY ) 


TAKE CARE OF THIS


THEY write songs about people , caring about people, loving people 


BUT WONT DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT INSTEAD THEY LEAVE IT TO A CORRUPT ( no matter the party)


government 



sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

You can look up johnathan Gruber


if you hvae been living under a rock as he is the second ACA "Founder" to ADMIT THE FOLLOWING: (THESE ARE HIS WORDS, NOT SOME RIGHT WINGERS:::



Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical to get this thing to pass. 




In other words, yes, Obamacare redistributes healthcare.



Yes, Obamacare will endanger people who cannot afford healthcare because they are young and healthy, all in order to pay for government benefits for those who are sick. And yes, in order to control the resulting costs, care will have to be cut for the elderly. 




Gruber isn’t the only Obamacare architect to tell the truth about Obamacare’s view of redistribution.




 Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who has said that he wishes to die at age 75, wrote in February 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association:

Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality of care are merely 'lipstick' cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change.

He added that the Hippocratic Oath was to blame, since it encourages doctors to care for the patients before them without concern for “cost or effect on others.” He told the Washington Post, “We had a big controversy in the United States when there was a limited number of dialysis machines. In Seattle, they appointed what they called a 'God committee' to choose who should get it, and that committee was eventually abandoned. Society ended up paying the whole bill for dialysis instead of having people make those decisions.”




If the idea of a God committee sounds rather like Sarah Palin’s death panel, that’s because that’s what it is.

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.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

WE LOVE TO HEAR STORIES WHERE SICK PEOPLE ARE CARED FOR


but this is an article on the ACA and its short sighted at best


and flat out dishonest or worse


THE FRAUD THAT ACCOMPANIES ANOTHER GOV PROGRAM CAN 


BE AVOIDED


AND PEOPLE CAN THEN GET REAL CONTINUED HELP


NOT THIS PR PIECE AND THEN DOWN THE ROAD SOME 


gov official saying


YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH

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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