Once again, our health coverage is under attack. You may not like Obamacare, but 16.4 MILLION people in this country were newly covered in 2015 alone, and insured Americans are at a statistical all-time high. The republicans want to take this away, and have no plan to replace it. Of greatest concern to baby boomers should be the thought that the preexisting conditions exclusions could come back. That would be for everyone, not just for those covered under the Affordable Care Act.
So as much as it pains me to have to repost this blog entry, which was even more painful to write, and absolutely excruciating to live through, I feel I have no choice. This is what can happen when the people you love can’t get adequate health care. Because of this, I will never be the same. But this is just one story of thousands upon thousands. Feel free to share it.
Today would have been my boyfriend’s 59th birthday. He had tons of health issues. In the year before his death I had either called 911 or driven him to the emergency room on 5 occasions. Most nights we didn’t sleep fully because he couldn’t breathe. In fact he had to fight for nearly every breath he took. It was heartbreaking to witness.
When the Affordable Care Act came along I heaved a huge sigh of relief because I thought that finally he would have the health insurance he so desperately needed, and perhaps get some continuity of care for a change instead of these spot checks by harried emergency room doctors and yet another bill to add to the 90,000 dollars’ worth of medical debt that he had racked up and would never be able to repay.
Unfortunately, due to his declining health his income had declined as well. Because…
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