"I have been self employed most of my life . I was independently in Blue Cross for 35 years and about three years ago developed blood clots in my right calf. which were successfully cleared. Not long after that I got dumped by Blue Cross which claimed I asked to be removed. Like a fool I did not protest that thinking I could do better elsewhere. Elsewhere led me to two years in the wilderness with a high risk pool that did little but cost a lot.
Late last fall, I got my family enrolled in the ACA. I'm now on Anthem and had a wellness check some weeks back at which it was caught that I now am in Atrial Fibrillation. That in turn led me to a heart echo which in turn is leading me to a cardiologist, a rariety in the rural northeast.
Without the ACA, this would never have happened. I was asymptomatic and remain so but my heart rate is under control with meds while the docs discuss electrical conversion. If there was ever a death panel, it existed in the form of bad insurance being sold for high prices that give one a false sense of security with next to no real coverage. I think I'll live a while, maybe not as long as I had hoped but that's really my fault. The ACA has done a lot of good for me so far and it is watching over my family as well. "