What could be more frightening than the knowledge that you have no health insurance? That any illness or injury could put you into crippling financial debt from which you may never recover, as well as limiting your treatment options, and very possibly affecting the permanent state of your health? Before Obamacare, this scary scenario was many Americans’ reality.
As one of the biggest issues of the upcoming presidential election, healthcare has been on a lot of people’s minds lately, even those who don’t depend on Obamacare for their health insurance. But for students about to graduate college, people with preexisting medical conditions and those whose jobs don’t offer benefits, the healthcare issue matters every day of the year, not just in the months leading up to an election.
Jen Rubino, a young woman with chronic medical issues, recently wrote a moving blog on the Huffington Post about how Obamacare would allow her to afford necessary surgeries once she was no longer covered by her father’s insurance plan. She writes, “As I grow into adulthood, I can focus on my health and my future rather than having to consume my energy with trying to get health insurance” (Huffington Post).
Rubino’s story is not an isolated example. I would guess that nearly everyone in America–even those supporting the repeal of Obamacare–has a friend or loved one who has benefited from Obamacare. I can’t even begin to describe the relief that I felt upon graduating from college knowing that I would be covered under my parents insurance for the next few years, giving me plenty of time to figure my life out and get a job with benefits.
How has Obamacare changed your life?
We’re on the cusp of an extremely important election, and everyone’s voices need to be heard. How has Obamacare changed your life? Did your child, friend, cousin, spouse or parent receive treatment that they would have been unable to afford otherwise? Do you sleep easier at night knowing that everyone you love, and everyone in America, is covered by some form of health insurance?
Please share your thoughts and stories in the comments below!
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