Medical benefits

02/07/2014 6:51 PM

02/07/2014 6:52 PM

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.

— Jon T. Wilcox, Fort Worth

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