By Daniel Chang
The Miami Herald
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Obamacare has been a real boon for entrepreneurs and other independent workers, who are almost three times as likely to buy an ACA plan than other workers. This article takes a look at one entrepreneur in particular who is very concerned about any sort of repeal.
The Miami Herald
With two daughters heading to college, Suzanne Boyd was ready to take her fledgling business to the next level and make it her full-time career.
Boyd had run a special-events business for years on a part-time schedule that fit around her other responsibilities — driving the kids to and from school, helping them with homework, preparing meals and keeping up the family home in Cooper City.
But five years ago, when the empty nester finally got the chance to spread her entrepreneurial wings, Boyd said, it wasn’t the business plan or the financial risks that kept her up at night. It was her diagnosis of lymphatic cancer and the uncertainty of how she would pursue her dream career without the safety net of health insurance.
She eventually found insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The coverage she got through the program also known as Obamacare saved both her health and her career, she said. But as politicians in Washington consider whether to repeal and replace the program, she’s terrified that she might have to go without insurance at age 56.
“I don’t have a choice,” Boyd said of her need for health insurance. “I can’t afford to be without it.”
Like some 150 million Americans, Boyd had been covered for years by an employer-sponsored health plan at the entertainment company where her husband, Mark, worked. When her eldest daughter was ready to leave home for college, Boyd figured she would finally have the time to devote to her business.