“With the changes in the law that have already been implemented, I have already benefited from Obamacare. Before the law changed and health insurance policies were required to cover preventative screenings, I had put off getting a colonoscopy because I would have had to pay for the entire amount myself (the $3000 cost being less than my deductible).
My family history for colon cancer is downright scary. My father and both of his parents had colon cancer. My father was diagnosed at age 45 and died 4 years later from the disease after “living” with several surgeries, radiation treatment and chemotherapy during his last years. His mother lived into her 80’s before succumbing to the disease and his father died of other causes in his 50’s before the colon cancer could get him.
In the years leading up to and past the age that my father was diagnosed and then died of colon cancer, I had a nagging fear that the disease would visit me also. Finally, in my later 50’s, the ACA changed what my policy was required to cover and I scheduled my test since my insurance company was now required to pick up the tab.
Years of stress melted in relief when I saw the photos of my healthy, pink colon after my test. Another test isn’t needed for 10 years. The peace of mind I was able to experience because of the new law is more valuable even than the money I was able to save.” – John G., Ashland, OR
“My fiancé, Brandon, got into a car accident a couple of months ago. He turned 25 this year and to our knowledge had no health insurance. As the bills started to come in, our debt appeared to be increasing, and he was out of work until he healed. After a few phone calls, we had Obama to thank. Since the ObamaCare bill had been passed, he was now covered under his dads insurance!
Being young and trying to start our careers, this was a huge sigh of relief. Thousands of dollars owed turned into the bare minimum. Thanks to this chain of events, we no longer had to fear this accident would throw us into debt and Obama has made a few more people politically aware!” — Brittany W.
“Mark Sullivan, a 31-year old worker in Austin’s tech sector who … settled on a bronze plan with added dental insurance. He will receive an $82 per month subsidy, which will halve his monthly premium to $78, giving him the financial freedom and security to put his energies into his new tech startup.”
“The Wall Street Journal reported on a 28-year-old freelance filmmaker in Hollywood who was among the first to sign up on the California exchange market. … Because he earns only about $20,000 a year doing freelance videography and odd jobs, Mr. Foster qualifies for federal subsidies that cut deep into the premiums for health plans available in the new marketplaces…”
(The Daily Beast)
How has the Affordable Care Act helped you? We’d love to hear your stories.
Tiffany Buczek is a freelance writer and licensed esthetician living in Southern CA.