While opponents of health care reform in the U.S. House of Representatives geared up to pass a bill repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans like me slept better at night because of the protections in this law.
Health care reform already is making a difference in the life of my elderly mother, who once held three jobs as the sole supporter of her family of 12 children after my father's death at age 41 in an automobile accident.
Now 91, she is suffering from a number of chronic illnesses. Though she has always paid for the best supplemental insurance available, she still pays thousands a year out of pocket in health care costs. Without the gradual closing of the "doughnut hole" and other related measures in the Affordable Care Act, we would be lost.
Please examine the real effects this act has on you and on your loved ones, and listen to the voices of families who already are benefiting from overhauling our broken health care system.
Sarah Cook Poff Beaufort