No one has to tell me how the Affordable Care Act benefits me and many others.
Two years ago I had no insurance coverage because I had prostate cancer in 2007—despite the fact that the cancer had been successfully removed with no indications of recurrence. I had been denied insurance due to this pre-existing condition, and had to live in fear that a major (or even relatively minor) illness could virtually bankrupt me. Before the Affordable Care Act was passed, I could have gotten limited health insurance from the state of California for over $1,100 per month, but I could not afford this. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I have had health insurance since late 2010, and for a cost I can afford (less than $500 per month). I haven't needed it yet for anything more than a doctor's visit, but I have peace of mind knowing that if something bad happens, I can get the medical care I need.
Thanks to President Obama and the Democratic senators and representatives who gave me a chance to get affordable health insurance again! Decent health insurance should not be just a perk for the rich.