So, let’s talk about the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare, and where we would be today without it…

This is a question that I have been asking a lot lately. Especially with the upcoming elections, and with all the politicians and Supreme Court justices trying to do everything they can to challenge the Affordable Care Act – or some parts of it – to make it completely unconstitutional.

This is why it’s important for us to remember that before Obamacare, there were 50 million Americans who were not insured. 50 million Americans were constantly at risk of having the trajectory of their whole life changed forever with just one medical accident.

That brings us to the question: why were they not insured? Well, that’s because before Obamacare, insurance was not really affordable for a lot of people. And even if you can afford it, insurance companies will deny you their services if you have a pre-existing condition.

That is why in this episode, we will discuss where we all would be without Obamacare, 14 years after it was passed.

So join me today as I give you an overview of what it was like before Obamacare, the impacts that it had since it was passed, and more importantly, an understanding of what’s really at stake as we get ready to participate in the upcoming elections.


Why you need to check this episode:

  • Recall the healthcare situation in America before we had the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare;
  • Discover how the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare actually benefited both patients and insurance companies; and
  • Find out why you need to be aware of everything that’s happening around you – especially in politics – if you really want to take care of your health.

“If you really want to take care of your health to the best of its abilities, you have to be aware of all the things that could affect you yesterday, today, and more importantly, tomorrow.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

Topics Covered:

00:00 – On today’s episode: Where will we be today without the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare?

01:43 – Insurance companies were looking for reasons to drop you: What was life like before the Affordable Care Act?

04:12 – How the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare expanded coverage, protected patients, and made insurance more affordable

11:10 – The Impact: What has the Affordable Care Act done in the past 14 years since its passing?

15:01 – “When they want to get rid of it, there’s usually no alternative”: Why getting rid of the Affordable Care Act is scary

15:42 – Call them out on Front Street: The question we need to ask anyone who wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare

Quotes:

“If you are in the practice of medicine, you are in the practice of politics; because what the politicians can do, will do, and have done affects your activities of daily living and affects your livelihood every single day.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“As a healthcare provider, you can’t be like ‘I’m not into politics’ or ‘I’ll stay away from politics’… If you’re taking care of patients, you have to be aware of everything going on around us, especially from a political standpoint.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“I just sometimes shake my head when I hear and see these news outlets talk about the “evilness” of the Affordable Care Act. Because it just tells me: 1) They are not in the healthcare system, or more importantly 2) They’re on the side where they can afford to go to a doctor privately or they can afford to pay for the medical bills and they don’t care nor do they have the empathy to take care of those who cannot.” – Dr Berry Pierre

“I am here as a physician letting you know that the Affordable Care Act plan saves lives tenfold.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

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