My fiance is a cancer survivor who has been unable to get insurance since she was diagnosed (she was let go from her job at a bank shortly before her results came back). This May will be her 6th year in remission.
She has acrued crippling debt in medical bills, is constantly harassed by collectors, and couldn't even go to the doctor when she's gotten sick afterwards. We've had to go to the ER which just piles onto what she affectionately refers to as her, "tab." She almost died from severe bronchitis last year after four separate trips to three different hospitals and even more money spent. We couldn't even afford the generics that they tried to prescribe her. We had to do what we could with samples packs.
For those of you that have had to pay more, thank you. Because of your (albeit unwilling) sacrifice, she can now get coverage. We don't have to worry about how much further we're setting ourselves back if she gets sick (which is often, as the chemotherapy from her cancer has greatly reduced the effectiveness of her immune system).
While some of you might think that the law is a plethora of negative things, we are two people that have directly benefitted from it. I am in my final two semesters of school after clawing my back in and have just been hired at a job that I now get insurance through. In fact, I've been sick as a dog for the last week but old habits die hard and I have yet to go to the doctor for it. She just got sick as well, and while we haven't married yet and she's not on my insurance, because of the ACA (please don't call it Obamacare, it just makes you look racist and/or retarded) we were able to get her to the doctor as well as afford the medications.
It's easy to look at how this law negatively affects you. However, what it does for people like us that have truly been in need for the last ten years, is amazing. It's a bit too late for us since we're in the process of transitioning into being fully covered and finally getting our lives started, but there are a lot of other people that I know (not including us) that this law has done for us what it was intended to do.
Thank you for paying a little more so that she can live.