Steve quit his job in publishing to work on his own because he wasn't worried about health security.
Job lock didn't keep him tethered to a job he no longer wanted.
"My decision was possible only because I lived in Massachusetts, where "Romneycare" gave me the freedom to not worry about health security. Sure, I had to work harder than ever earning my living, but because of the Massachusetts health law, I was willing to take the risk. So I gradually built up a modest but reliable independent proprietorship, taught part-time for low pay (simply because I loved it), and embraced my newfound independence with vigor.
In March 2010, when Barack Obama succeeded in bringing a version of Romneycare to the entire nation, I was over the moon. With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, I saw a way for Americans in all 50 states to have the freedom to make choices like I did--not just middle-class people like me who could pay their full premiums, but lower-income folks (like those in my own family and my students), thanks to the ACA's income-related subsidies and, eventually, Medicaid expansion.
Given that the ACA's protections were national, I was able in 2015 to move back to my birth state of New York, closer to loved ones."
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Once the dry heaving stopped -- about two days after the election results were officially in -- I called my Congresswoman and told her our story. Two weeks after that, I flexed my old and saggy PR muscles and sent a pitch into the Chicago Tribune with the subject message line: Trump Will Kill My Husband.
About five hours later, the reporter responded to my e-mail and asked if we could set up a phone call.
My strange adventure in ACA Advocacy began with this article. And then a few other stories - like this one - followed. And from there, everything got nutty.
Because I'm not seeing a whole helluva lot of stories now (or even back then) that flush 156 million Americans out of the "all private insurance was perfect and comprehensive and fair" memory hole, I hope to solicit, aggregate and share stories from everyone who remembers their employer-sponsored insurance back in the pre-ACA dark ages all of 8 whole years ago.
Also worth noting, I'm not making any money off of this site. You may notice you aren't getting bombarded with ads - that's because I'm not trying to monetize this initiative.