DIDN’T A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS HAVE MEDICAL COVERAGE BEFORE OBAMACARE?

Marilyn Armstrong’s highly personal revelation connects the dots with the call for universal health care.

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The question on Quora was “didn’t a majority of Americans have medical coverage before Obamacare”?


I thought about the answer. This is one of those issues in which I had — still have — a gigantic personal stake. I’m one of those people who would never get insurance without laws forcing them to give it to me. Maybe a majority of working adults had medical coverage, but among those who were not — for whatever reason — working, mostly, they had nothing. This includes disabled people, old people, people injured and unable to return to work. And, of course, children.

We were among the group who no longer had medical insurance, although we’d had it before.

I was desperately ill. Massachusetts had not gotten its own medical care system yet and the U.S. had nothing, the situation to which it seems we will shortly return. I could be fixed, but no…

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10 thoughts on “DIDN’T A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS HAVE MEDICAL COVERAGE BEFORE OBAMACARE?

    • Good question, Mona. I think the answer is Yes to the second question. An enraged couple left the church after I asked the question from the pulpit whether anyone in the pew could imagine Jesus denying a doctor’s care to anyone. “I am NOT a liberal! We worked hard for everything we ever got!” said the spouse on her way out the door. They refused an offer to have follow-up conversation over coffee. Never saw them again.

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