Possible Affordable Care Act repeal terrifies some Tucsonans

By Stephanie Innes | Arizona Daily Star

Front Page of the Sunday Edition Jan 21, 2017 


Until she got health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, Tucson real estate broker Jennie James routinely spent $12,000 per year in health bills related to the chronic illness she’s had since childhood.

The coverage she’s been able to get through the federal marketplace since 2014 has saved her thousands of dollars, and for the first time in her adult life, given her some peace of mind about her health care.

James, 37, is one of many Southern Arizonans who say they’re terrified about what might happen if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed. The 2010 law has received well-publicized criticism for premium increases, a lack of plan choices and for its “individual mandate” provision that all Americans have health insurance. But it has also had positive effects.

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