To The Daily Sun,
If you think the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) just benefits people who can't get health insurance any other way, think again. Two major provisions of this act gave to all of us an end to lifetime limits and being denied coverage for pre-existing conditions. So, even if you are covered through your employer, you still benefit from these provisions.
My family knows very personally the importance of these two benefits. Two years ago, my son experienced a catastrophic event during heart surgery that left him clinging to life for a few months and permanently damaged. His wife is employed and has family health insurance coverage. However, without the ACA, his family would have been bankrupt as his medical expenses passed the million-dollar mark within the first three months of this catastrophe.
The Republican Party and candidate Donald Trump want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If they succeed, we will all lose the benefits of no lifetime limit or pre-existing condition protection. The Democratic Party and candidate Hillary Clinton recognize that ACA is not perfect and measures should be taken to improve it, thus preserving these two benefits.
A catastrophic medical event can happen to anyone, as my family found out. Many families, like ours, have been spared bankruptcy, thanks to ACA. We are all vulnerable. It doesn't just happen to "the other guy." How you vote in November will have long lasting consequences for your family.
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