This seems like a good time to mention this again:
- I had cancer as a kid. This was not my fault.
- I am now self-employed.
- A few years ago I moved to California, where I tried to buy private health insurance.
- I was denied, not because I couldn’t pay for it—I could—but because of a “pre-existing condition” (the childhood cancer).
- To repeat: I WAS WAVING MONEY AT THEM trying to buy health insurance. The response? NO HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOU! unless I switched careers (and specifically to something that would give me employer-based healthcare).
- I finally managed to find a solution, albeit a temporary one, that allowed me to buy private healthcare. (My premiums are more than most of my friends’ car payments. I pay more in healthcare costs than I do in rent.)
- This year, I got cancer again.
Given that the reality is that I was very close to not being able to get private health insurance AT ALL and now HAVE CANCER, The U.S. healthcare system—or lack thereof—for all practical purposes wanted to me either to (1) give up what I love doing for a living, (2) go bankrupt, or (3) die. So, to anyone who frames the ACA as “removing choice:” here, have some childhood cancer, assholes.
The ACA isn’t perfect, but it beats what we’ve had.