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Retta Riordan: An Apex small business owner describes her Affordable Care Act success

Last year Retta Riordan, a small business owner in Apex, was uninsured.  She had pre-existing health conditions so serious one insurance company called her “uninsurable.” She was willing to pay even a fairly large premium for health coverage but couldn’t get a plan.  While uninsured, Retta injured her knee and literally could barely walk.  Since the Affordable Care Act in 2014 now bans insurance companies from charging higher premiums or refusing coverage for anyone with a pre-existing health condition, Retta was finally able to buy a plan.  In January, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Retta was able to get the surgery she so desperately needed to walk normally again. Rita’s message for politicians who would repeal the Affordable Care Act? “Put yourselves in the shoes of those of us who have been uninsured.”

2 Comments


  1. Jim Wiseman

    March 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    It’s going to take a lot more than a few anecdotes to overcome the 74% opposition.

  2. Kev Creech

    April 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I know this woman, and the first time I met her, she could hardly walk. She cares for her elderly mother, and her ability to assist with her mother’s care was becoming increasingly difficult due to the knee issue.

    Like Retta, I was uninsured and lived with constant anxiety about the unknown. When my youngest child was six months old, my spouse was laid off, and suddenly, our family had no insurance. My spouse was able to find a job with some benefits, and we could afford for him and our three children to be insured, but we could not afford for me to have coverage. I was six months post-partum and in the early stages of an inflammatory disease; it was a scary time.

    The ACA is not perfect, but it’s far better than nothing at all. When Americans look at aspects of the ACA piecemeal, they are overwhelmingly for it. When the term “Obamacare” is applied, however, many of these same people are suddenly against the ACA. Check out this article from Bloomberg for an objective analysis: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-12/americans-stick-with-obamacare-as-opposition-burns-bright.html .

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