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Obamacare: sign up now

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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

A number of my family members and several friends, recently registered under the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. Oddly enough, some of them were slow in signing up, simply because they felt that they had all the time in the world. However, through the dedicated effort of OFA volunteers and some beneficiaries, they finally signed up.

My thrust today is to encourage every uninsured American, to register before the March 31 deadline.

At today’s count, reportedly, more than five million Americans have already registered under this act for health insurance. Although this number is growing every day, numerous uninsured Americans have yet to register.

The good news is that, under this act, we can purchase plans with great coverage, without breaking our budget. In addition, there is no ban on pre-existing conditions, nor discrimination in premium price, based on gender. Vaccinations and mammograms are free, and if you are under 26, you can stay on your parent’s healthcare plan. Most importantly, no one can be denied coverage, ever again.

One word of caution though; the “individual mandate,” under which most Americans must have insurance, or pay a tax penalty, will not be delayed.

In this regard, let me implore every uninsured American to register now. Let the ticking clock, remind you to “come on board”!

Yvonne Core Johnson
Cambria Heights

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