Despite the benefits of Obamacare many still find themselves falling through the cracks of the health insurance system and things could be about to get worse
Before she goes to bed each night, Aldona Kudirka prays her daughter Maggie will still have health insurance in 2018. Her fears have only grown worse now that Donald Trump is officially in office.
Kudirkas family has been plagued by the issues that currently dog the US health insurance system and highlight the failures of Barack Obamas landmark health reform, the Affordable Care Act: Aldona and her husband own a small business and make too much money to qualify for subsidies meant to help cover high health insurance costs, but nor can they easily cover their $1,200 monthly premiums.
When Maggie, a dancer who trained at the Joffrey ballet school, was diagnosed with aggressive stage 4 breast cancer in June 2014 at age 23, they had to turn to family, friends and strangers on the internet to ask for $45,000 to help them pay for her treatment.
Turning to strangers on the internet to cover medical costs may seem drastic, but the Kudirkas and others like them are even more afraid of what will happen if Donald Trump successfully repeals Obamas health plan. I worry about it every day because we have a bunch of lunatics running the show in every house of government, Kudirka said.
In the wake of Trumps victory Republicans are aggressively pushing to repeal Obamacare, which has seen 20 million people gain health insurance coverage since it was enacted in 2010.