For Some, An Obamacare Repeal Will Be Life-Damaging


The prospect of Obamacare being repealed is raising plenty of questions. For some, it’s wondering how they will be able to pay for life-altering medications.

Jamison Hill has been taking medication to keep a cytomegalovirus condition at bay, which could cause fever, extreme fatigue and other symptoms that mimic mononucleosis. Medicaid had been covering the $4,000 monthly cost of the prescription, but his pharmacist recently informed that Medicaid no longer would. He declined to pay out of pocket for the exorbitant cost, instead paying for a plan with Obamacare that had a $500 premium.

“My health insurance may very well disappear. But there are many forces, aside from Republicans, which are working against me and millions of other Americans who rely on health insurance through the Affordable Care Act to pay for vital medications,” he wrote in an essay for Bustle.

Hill was quick to note that his situation is unfortunate, but not completely out of the ordinary. He cited a 24-year-old friend with erythromelagia who is looking at potentially paying $2,000 per month out-of-pocket for a vital medication. Without the option to buy through the Affordable Care Act or stay on her parent’s insurance for a young adult provision, her treatment will run upwards of $600,000 per year.

“For now I remain grateful for the insurance I have and that it covers what I need. But the fear of losing it, and wasting all the energy I have put into finally finding health care that works for me, is persistent and seems to grow exponentially with every headline I see mentioning Republican’s plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act,” wrote Hill. “Finding a medication that is effective is hard enough, but figuring out how to pay for it adds a layer of stress that is counterproductive to recovering from poor health. Ultimately, it is a lose-lose decision for patients who must choose between living in financial ruin or living in a state of being severely and indefinitely sick.”