How 4 Americans say Obamacare helped or hurt them – CNN
The public was more sour on Obamacare in November, when Donald Trump was elected President. About 45% had a negative view of it then, against 43% with a positive one, Kaiser says.
Here’s what some people told CNN about how they say current health care laws affected them:
Florida resident Ashley Ruiz is grateful for Obamacare regulations and safety-net spending, not least because of otherwise crushing costs for her special-needs son.
A Medicaid-funded program fully covers Jackson, 4, because he is disabled, with a rare skull deformity and adrenal problems. He received more than $250,000 worth of care in his first 6 months, including removal of part of his skull. Another surgery put bone grafts and titanium plates in his head.
He sees dozens of specialists on a yearly basis for the deformity alone, and receives therapy for autism.
It’s unclear how Medicaid recipients would be affected. But Ruiz, a 29-year-old divorced mother of two, is concerned.
“I don’t think people understand that when you deal with a special needs child — once you are able to find a plan that covers you, it’s such a precious commodity. I think the fear for me and any parent like me is that there’s a potential that would be ripped away.”
She works at a small business that gives her flexibility to care for Jackson and her older son. But the job offers no insurance, so she has no coverage.