I know what you’re thinking. What would this Australian know about American politics? Right?
You may be right. I don’t know much.
But I do know my Project Director, Carol. She’s almost my age , and one of the hardest workers in the company. She works to support her husband and daughter. Why?
For one thing: health insurance.
You see, Carol had her own consulting business. Making decent money, her husband, 10 years older, was in real estate. They had been paying their health insurance for 19 years. On time, too.
Then it happened. She had a car accident. Her back was broken in two places. Three months later, her husband had the first of three heart attacks. She sued for the insurance money, got paid, but had to settle earlier than was possible in order to get money.
Her husband was in hospital, ready for an operation, when the news came. Your health insurance has been canceled.
For an American, those six words are some of the deadliest it is possible to hear. “Your health insurance is canceled.” Now what do you do?