When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010, the individual health insurance market was highly concentrated, with little to no competition in most states. One or two insurers controlled the top 94 metropolitan markets in the United States.
Schools are especially effective places to educate children and families about achieving good health and help them attain it--we should seize this moment to strengthen that critical connection between schools and health.
It took cajoling for California to take a healthy step forward to help more people register to vote. It will take a chorus of community voices, now and in the weeks to come, to maximize the grassroots response and maintain the momentum.
Before I itemize my bill for the hours spent researching, discussing, meeting with our insurance agent, and actually spending time applying for my family's individual health care insurance, I need to make a few things perfectly clear.
Why am I writing all this? Everyone has an Obama Care story and this is mine. I hope our legislature will soon grasp that the ranks of the self-employed are responsible, valuable members of society and should not be swept under the rug.
When your mission statement aligns with Obamacare, and you get to make your patients feel empowered to manage their own health care coverage, that's a nice little love story on the health care playground.
I am writing to request your immediate attention and intervention to assure the promise of the Affordable Care Act does not become a nightmare of deeply angry and horrified Californians cut off from the doctors who have cared for them for many years.