Nevada's sex workers embrace Obamacare

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Updated: 11/18/2013 8:22 pm
MOUND HOUSE, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - There have been a number of critics to the Affordable Care Act but the President's signature legislation is getting support from an unusual source; working girls at Nevada's legal brothels.  

The girls at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch say they support the new legislation.  Taylor Lee said; "Having this profession, we aren't exactly offered group health insurance.  It's hard because I do have a pre-existing condition so I really support Obamacare.  I'm excited."  

Taylor Lee's pre-exisiting condition didn't help, but that wasn't the only reason she was denied health coverage prior to Obamacare.  Before the new law she and the other girls who work at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch said getting health insurance was impossible because carriers refused to cover them because they worked in a legal brothel. Bella Dawn said; "I switched professions and I wrote it down and they denied it because of the profession I'm in."  Caressa Kisses agrees adding; "They equate us to illegal working girls who have very high STD's and AIDS rates which we have none of the above.  We're legal, licensed prostitutes. 

The girls said it didn't matter to insurance carriers that Nevada's brothels are highly regulated.  Kisses noted; "I see the doctor every week because it is state mandated.  We're tested weekly and monthly for blood.  We have to be cleared by health professionals and a physician to work in the house."

So the new law that allows everyone to obtain a health care plan is very welcome news. "I'm very excited about being able to get a health plan now because of Obamacare," said Amy Page.  Kisses said health coverage is very much needed by working girls; "We're independent contractors.  We have to get our own insurance but this is truly a blessing.  I hope they work the kinks out and that affordable health care happens for all because it is really needed."

But raves for the Affordable Care Act stops with the girls.  Brothel owner Dennis Hof is not a fan.  He thinks coverage for the girls is good, but he is less than thrilled the new law lumps his seven small and separete businesses together that may require him to provide health care coverage.  Hof said; " I have mixed feelings.  I'm glad the girls are going to be able to get affordable healthcare coverage but as a businessman, I'm really concerned."   Hof owns seven brothels, a strip club, restuarants and a truck stop.  He says each has about 15 employees adding; "There's one common thread. I'm the sole stockholder but because I'm the owner for all these different businesses, they lump them together."  He said; "What am I going to do? I'm either going to have to spend a lot of money on health insurance because the rates are going up or I'm going to have to face severe penalties, so I'm really perplexed about all of this." 

Still Hof is keepin a sense of humor.  He has extended the President an invitation to the Bunny Ranch.  He joked that he is more than happy to supply the President with a webmaster, who can iron out the kinks on the Obamacare website.
 



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Kramer - 12/3/2013 8:56 AM
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Invited Obama to the bunny ranch? Hof (not 'Hef') should have just sent him a box of cigars...

Kramer - 12/3/2013 8:29 AM
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the posts about criminals and cheats are relevant, but so too are the facts- that prisons provide free care, and that a lot of people who smoke, drink to excess, and load up on our unhealthy "comfort food" diet will now get "free" care. At least now we can all rant about it with a side of 'Ranch'

samdavis1111 - 12/2/2013 12:22 PM
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What a switch. Now sex workers are going to have to pay to be f'ed in the rear everyday.

Speed - 11/19/2013 10:31 PM
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I'm glad the people in Nevada's sex trade are being benefited by O'care-they need insurance as much as anyone else. I'm NOT so glad that due to our alleged president's trampling of the US Constitution,people who have religious reasons to NOT support what they would consider immoral behaviors are STILL forced to go against their beliefs and pay these peoples way. I'm pretty sure this will only be temporary;soon it will become completely impossible to make it work (Just as it always has been whenever it's been tried before.) and Shotgun Joe Biden or Harry Reid will announce ACA is being shut down,to be replaced by a NEW,BETTER Program that's guaranteed to do what the alleged president always wanted. It'll be called the "Single Payer Program"! (And the trap snaps shut)

COMANCHE - 11/19/2013 1:54 PM
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Oldguyincc will probably think I’m insensitive to the oppressed and persecuted criminals in our society, so I probably shouldn’t complain about the effect of Obamacare on pimps and drug dealers…at least the ones who aren’t “Navigators”. You know, the ones driving around in Mercedes & BMWs. Those poor souls also deal in cash so their low reportable incomes will also make them eligible for full government subsidies. This just keeps getting better and better the more you think about it.

COMANCHE - 11/19/2013 1:35 PM
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Don't forget about the condoms. Those will be "free" to.

COMANCHE - 11/19/2013 12:55 PM
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This story proves that even the worst disasters benefit someone. I’m glad that our legal Nevada sex-workers will now be able to get health insurance coverage. I’m certain that this issue would never have been addressed otherwise. Obamacare forced the improvement. But just as this is an unintended benefit to this group of consumers, it will also be an unintended consequence for other groups; American taxpayers and illegal sex workers nationwide. Because the illegal prostitutes deal mostly in cash, their lack of reported income will make them eligible for full government subsidies to pay for their health insurance. An illegal girl might be making 6 figures under the table and we will still end up paying for her STD treatment, pregnancy, breast enlargement or reduction. As Mr. Smirnoff might say, “What a country”. Way to go democrats. I hope you feel better.

JenniPearce - 11/19/2013 11:02 AM
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That is one hell of a headline!

Arn Cital - 11/19/2013 8:58 AM
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I am not a fan of ObamaKare myself but I have Medicare and the VA fortunately. That said, the fact that these ladies and gentlemen (yes there is at least one male prostitute currently working elsewhere) can now get medical insurance is correction a long overdue. The fact that a person of any gender, sexual orientation or who was born intersex (http://www.isna.org/faq/what_is_intersex) can get insurance is a big step in the right direction for equality.

Arn Cital - 11/19/2013 8:58 AM
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I am not a fan of ObamaKare myself but I have Medicare and the VA fortunately. That said, the fact that these ladies and gentlemen (yes there is at least one male prostitute currently working elsewhere) can now get medical insurance is correction a long overdue. The fact that a person of any gender, sexual orientation or who was born intersex (http://www.isna.org/faq/what_is_intersex) can get insurance is a big step in the right direction for equality.
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