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With Attention Elsewhere, Healthcare for Millions Still at Risk


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With Attention Elsewhere, Healthcare for Millions Still at Risk

Heide Castañeda, Jessica Mulligan

Wendy and Rich, a white working-class couple from Crystal River, Florida, signed up for Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) coverage last year primarily because they wanted to avoid paying the penalty. “We weren’t against it,” Wendy recalls. “We just thought we were healthy.”

Circumstances changed.

Now at 61, Rich can’t work anymore. A few months after they enrolled for coverage, his kidneys failed. Wendy, who used to work in food service, only works 20 hours a week since her operation to remove a bone spur. She is 56.


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And not one word about Improved Medicare For All that far outdoes Trump/Ryan plan and Obamacare...


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Maybe because Medicare doesn't exist and couldn't help anyone at this point whereas ACA was essential to the people discussed.


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Now at 61, Rich can’t work anymore

If Rich can't work anymore, he is likely eligible for Social Security Disability. SSD comes with Medicare eligibility, so Medicare could in fact help these people.