As a 58-year-old single mom with a chronic illness. I celebrate all the improvements I can look to as a result of the Affordable Care Act. It is mind-boggling that anyone would oppose the protections offered by the ACA. I now know that if I lose my job, I won’t be without health insurance. My pre-existing condition won’t disqualify me and I will not have a lifetime cap on benefits. If I can’t afford the premiums I will get a tax credit that I can take at the time to reduce my payments. All my doctors will still be in my network; in fact, I can get the same plan my employer provides.
Who would want their friends and neighbors to live in fear of one serious illness or accident throwing them into bankruptcy? Who would want the U.S. to remain the only advanced nation that allows people to die for lack of care? Is it not in our own self-interest to provide preventive care now so we save spiraling costs later? Any one of the improvements provided by the ACA should be celebrated. To have them all at once improves the lives of all Americans and those who have not yet enrolled should do so today.
Editor’s note: This letter and the one above it were among four touting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act received this week via Organizing for Action. The other writers were Angela Wirbiezcas of Kew Gardens, a freelance violinist with Grave’s disease, and Linden Fried of Flushing, a college student with Crohn’s disease.
See their letters online at qchron.com.