A few months ago, Working America members from Western Pennsylvania spoke up about why they value the Affordable Care Act. They are a just few of many, many Americans who personally experience how essential it is that the reforms passed last year stay in place.
More and more Americans are speaking up about the need for the ACA. Just today, Julie Sokolow – a young Pittsburgh artist, musician, and filmmaker who founded Healthy Artists – launched a short film about a 23-year-old artist named Daniel. Daniel was a Healthy Artists collaborator who suddenly found himself in serious need of the support that the Affordable Care Act provides. In this video, Daniel and his loved ones describe Daniel’s vertebrae-shattering accident and the invaluable role that the Affordable Care Act has played in Daniel’s health and financial future.
As Daniel’s partner explains, “He shattered his spine, and we went to my bed, where I put ice and hot bag of rice on his back. We didn’t choose to go to an ambulance or a hospital immediately because it was the debt we were thinking about, it was the cost we were thinking about…Luckily, he realized he was covered under the Affordable Care Act, and we rushed him to the hospital that morning.”
Daniel elaborates on the ACA’s role in his life and explains: “I actually just earlier got to talk to a family friend who is a doctor about what all this would cost if I were uninsured. And he had told me that, between the visits and the scans and the prescriptions, it would be, with all of that put together, a bill well in excess of $10,000.”
Watch Daniel’s story here.