Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010 there is good news and bad news: the good news is millions are enrolling for healthcare in state and federal marketplaces--most of them working families and young adults--helping bring down the rate of the uninsured to the lowest it has ever been. The bad news is thanks to a Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell scheduled for arguments in early March, more than 8 million moms and dads could lose their insurance coverage if they no longer have financial assistance to help them pay for their healthcare. Without those people paying into the system the costs of the remaining premiums may go up which could force even more people to lose coverage.
I am a third-year internal medical resident at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and a member of SEIU's Committee of Interns and Residents. I have been working to support the ACA since it was first passed into law. While working in various medical hospitals and medical clinics, I have seen firsthand the effects of healthcare reform on those to whom I have provided care.
Before the ACA, patients with chronic conditions such as hypertension or diabetes who lacked health insurance would come in to see me only when they could afford treatment. More often than not, they would have to postpone care or stop receiving it altogether because eventually they could not cover the costs. This would prevent them from getting their prescription medication or from being referred to a specialist for follow up care. Often we would not see the patients again until their conditions became serious or critical.