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the ACA isn't perfect, but it beats the shit out of what came before - KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
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the ACA isn't perfect, but it beats the shit out of what came before
Something I posted on a friend's status on Facebook -- said friend was asking about how people have been affected (positively or negatively) by the ACA......

Wrenn and I are immensely helped by the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare"). We were literally without any healthcare whatsoever for the five years prior to the ACA being passed, as we are both freelancers, and the only health plans available to us were not even remotely affordable. Wrenn is an asthmatic, and only was able to manage the condition due to being helped by friends who were able to get her meds. Were that not the case, she'd probably be dead by now, or living in ERs. (The ability of insurance companies to deny/screw you due to preexisting conditions hit her particularly hard; if nothing else, the ACA got rid of that bullshit.)

At least two writers I was friends with who are dead would be alive right now if the ACA had been passed sooner because they couldn't afford to be under a doctor's care regularly, and didn't get diagnosed with what killed them until it was far far far too late to treat, as they didn't go see a doctor until the symptoms were debilitating.

Because of the ACA, people who would've died won't. If the ACA (or something like it) had been passed sooner (like when the Clinton Administration tried twenty years ago), a lot of people who are dead now would still be alive.

This is not to say that the ACA is perfect -- it's deeply flawed, in fact, and needs to be improved, and far too many states and companies are using it as an excuse to gouge people -- but it's also miles and miles better than what we had before. And having it means I don't need to fear that Wrenn will die on me, which I was in fear of every fucking day when we didn't have health insurance, because her lungs are fragile enough that something could easily have gone wrong that we didn't know about.

Current Mood: thoughtful thoughtful
Current Music: "Heartattack and Vine" by Tom Waits

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From: joycemocha Date: September 29th, 2016 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
What you said. Our son has Crohn's Disease, and the ACA came along at just the right time when he was aging off of the employer policy. We would be in much worse shape without the ACA and he'd probably be significantly disabled or dead without it.
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