I recently attended a fundraiser for a family saddled with over $300,000 in hospital bills incurred in 2013. The focus of the benefit was a talented musician who suffered a cardiac arrest and, upon revival, was in a vegetative state.
Several years earlier he had successfully fought cancer. He did not have health insurance in 2013 since self-employed musicians with a history of cancer were shut out of the insurance market. If Obamacare had been in effect a year earlier, I don’t think the family would be enduring this financial hurt in addition to their grief.
This was not the first such benefit I have attended, but I hope — thanks to the new insurance mandate with affordable insurance for all — that it will be my last.