Originally Posted by alpha_omega
Such as who? could you be more specific?
For example: someone in their 20s with no health insurance, who if they get in a car wreck or get a serious disease, are going to rack up a huge bill and then not pay for it. That money comes out of all of our health insurance and health care costs. I personally know several people who fit this description.
On the other side of the people who will be massively helped are people like my uncle. He was a general contractor who had his own private insurance. He fell off a ladder and shattered both of his ankles. The insurance paid for the surgery, but then immediately jacked up his rates 4 times. He's been forced to either take corporate jobs, or risk going without insurance ever since. The ACA is going to be a godsend for him. The really funny thing is, he's had almost no complications from the surgery, and is extremely healthy. But because he has pins in his ankles and is over 50 now, he's basically uninsurable on the private insurance market.
He's not asking for a handout, all he wants is the same access to health care that people who work for large corporations get. Or for that matter – people in every other developed nation on earth, and Massachusetts and Hawaii, and people over 65, and people who are indigent in this country. People who work for very small businesses (who often can't in for afford group insurance, especially if someone who works there is actually sick) or are self-employed, and aren't married to someone with good insurance, are in the donut hole. They get completely screwed over by our current healthcare system.