Even though my husband and I had our plan canceled and are having to pay more for health insurance, I am thankful for the ACA.
I attribute the rate increases to a lack of competition in the N.C. individual marketplace under a state government hostile to the ACA. I am thankful that neither of us will be turned down for insurance again as we were in 2011 for minor pre-existing conditions. Even though we will pay more, the ACA-compliant plan does have better coverage (not less as the Americans for Prosperity commercial claims).
I am thankful for the ACA knowing that if I do get a serious diagnosis, my plan will not be canceled. We can now get in front of potential problems.
I am also so grateful many of the 48 million who are now uninsured will have access to preventative health care and care when sick without going to the emergency room, bringing us closer to the reality of health care as a right. The U.S. is taking a huge step forward on Jan. 1, and I will be fighting to elect those who want to expand, not sabotage or repeal, the law.