I was so glad to hear that the high court upheld the Affordable Health Care Act. I know some people really don’t like it but here’s why I do:
When I was unemployed in my late 50s I could not get health insurance and without health insurance I was turned down for health care – even though I offered payment up-front.
I am no longer unemployed but again find myself without insurance. When I changed jobs, my new employer is too small to offer this benefit and though I have applied to a number of companies, I have been turned down by every one, all citing my health problems. This is a little disingenuous as I am 61 and have no major problems except osteoporosis and my cervical stenosis, neither of which requires any treatment. I have never had heart disease or cancer or other expensive ailment.
I am still years away from being able to qualify for Medicare, have too much income to qualify for Medicaid, and no one will insure me. Even under the Affordable Care Act I will have to wait until 2014 for coverage. That will make me 63. The next two years will be a little scary for me. What if I develop heart disease or cancer or a kidney problem? What if I need surgery? I will literally have to wait until I am so ill I cannot work, then I can get coverage. It’s not right.
This is something that is needed and I hope all Americans can get over their sense of misplaced outrage and support it. One never knows when one will lose one’s job and need this.