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Obamacare warning: Even Superman got sick from kryptonite

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In its 11th hour bid to sign people up for Obamacare, the administration is warning younger Americans that their feeling of invincibility is ending and that, like Superman, they could soon be devastated by “kryptonite,” leaving them broke if they don't have health insurance.

“When I was in my 20s, I didn't think I needed health insurance. I was healthy. I felt like I was Superman,” wrote a blogger on the Health and Human Services website Tuesday. “Now that I'm 32, I don't feel like Superman anymore. I realize that anything can happen to me -- or to anyone -- at any time. I'm active and like to lift weights, but what if I injured my shoulder? What if I got seriously sick?”

The bottom line: “You may feel invincible, but even Superman has a weakness. Don’t let your kryptonite leave you with super-sized debt, or worse. Coverage is easy and affordable, but there’s no time to delay.”

I’m no Superman: My #GetCovered Story

Posted March 18, 2014

By Ernesto Gonzalez

El Paso, Texas

When I was in my 20s, I didn’t think I needed health insurance. I was healthy. I felt like I was Superman.

Now that I’m 32, I don’t feel like Superman anymore. I realize that anything can happen to me – or to anyone – at any time. I’m active and like to lift weights, but what if I injured my shoulder? What if I got seriously sick?

It’s especially important to me now that I’m married – and thinking about starting a family. Should anything happen to me, the last thing I would want to leave my family is years of paying off my medical debts.

So I logged onto HealthCare.gov, checked out my options, and enrolled in a health plan for my wife and me. The coverage is very affordable and fits our needs.

I admit I was a little skeptical at first about signing up for a plan. But the steps were easy to follow. I used the English language site, but friends and family members have used CuidadoDeSalud.gov, the Spanish-language version.

As many as 1 in 4 people who are eligible for coverage through the Marketplace nationwide are Latino. And the majority of eligible uninsured Latinos – 8 out of 10, or more than 8 million – may qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or lower costs on monthly premiums.

I’m telling all my friends and co-workers in El Paso to check out their options and sign up now – for themselves and their families.

You may feel invincible, but even Superman has a weakness. Don’t let your kryptonite leave you with super-sized debt, or worse. Coverage is easy and affordable, but there’s no time to delay.

Open enrollment ends March 31st, but you should sign up today HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov!

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.