When you think of our broken health insurance system, do you think of broccoli? No?
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and those who are trying to block the the Affordable Care Act, want you to believe that buying broccoli and needing health care are one in the same. Broccoli has been brought up in arguments by opponents of the health care law to make the point that if the government can require you to purchase health insurance, they can ask you to buy anything, even broccoli.
Well, today broccoli finally gets its day in court. Today, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments on the individual responsibility provision, also known as the individual mandate, of the Affordable Care Act. While opponents of the law conflate using health care with buying broccoli, many Virginians who are engaged in our broken health care system have had no trouble differentiating between staggering health care bills and their grocery receipt. For those who have experienced the broken health insurance system through insurance denials, skyrocketing premiums and out-of-pocket costs, the Affordable Care Act cannot be implemented soon enough.
For the more than one million uninsured Virginians, the Affordable Care Act will offer a lifeline. For Melissa Anderson of Newport News, the Affordable Care Act will give her desperately needed health care coverage.
“Since becoming uninsured, I have been to the ER twice, including one visit for an ovarian cyst that burst. The medical bills were astronomical and I have no idea how I will pay them. I am currently working two jobs to get by and going to school to better my children’s’ future,” said Anderson. “Once the health care law is in place, I will get some relief. Until then, I will try to stay healthy and hope that the Supreme Court and Congress do not block my chance at health care.”
Luke Drescher of Harrisonburg celebrates the Affordable Care Act for its benefits to his business, his clients and his family. "As a life and health insurance agent for over 31 years, I find the Affordable Care Act is already full of positive results and should be given time to work. Since it was enacted, the law has helped my business and my clients by lowering costs on policies, providing more coverage options and expanding those who can be covered," said Luke Drescher of Harrisonburg.
"I have also seen huge improvements for my senior clients including lower prescription drug costs and fewer out-of-pockets expenses. The health care law is even helping my own grandson who was recently able to go back on his parents' plan when he left college,” added Drescher. “After closely observing the health insurance industry for three decades, I am happy to say that the Affordable Care Act is providing effective and much-needed reform."
Stand with Melissa and Luke who are speaking out about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.