This week’s monumental Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is a vital one for people with disabilities. As a young American and a member of the disability community, the Affordable Care Act ensures I have full access to the quality health care I depend on.
As a 24-year-old, I am one of the 3.1 million young Americans who are able to stay on our parents’ health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. So far in my life, I’ve had around seven surgeries, use leg braces and a wheelchair, and am required to have checkup appointments on my legs and feet several times a year. These checkups will go on for the rest of my life, and thanks to the Affordable Care Act, like millions of other Americans, I no longer have to fear insurance companies putting a lifetime benefit cap on me.
I am much better off today than I was before the Affordable Care Act was put in place and now my parents and I feel more secure knowing the Supreme Court has upheld this law that has already had such a positive impact on my life. I thank President Obama and the Supreme Court of the United States for doing the right thing and helping millions of disabled Americans for years to come.