This Washington Monthly blog post, “The Affordable Care Act in the Real World,” frames the question in ways that should matter most, in terms of how people’s lives are actually affected by the health reform law.
A priest I knew many years ago once said to me, “Turning real human suffering into an abstraction is among the greatest sins.” .
My children now have health coverage through mine, and our family’s health will now sustain itself through my children’s 26th birthdays. A mouth full of cavities was treated, and vision has been a godsend, and my daughters have the ability to go to the doctor at $20 a pop, instead of the $150 a pop uninsured rate, and they don’t have to go willy-nilly to a clinic setting!
A dear friend of mine skirted death with a ruptured colon, had surgery to the tune of over $80,000 because they were uninsured. and worried about preexisting conditions when it came to reversing the colostomy, qualified for insurance so he doesn’t have to carry around a bag for the rest of his life.