The Affordable Care Act formally makes its debut on Oct. 1 when its central feature, the state shopping exchanges and accompanying government subsidies to help low-and moderate-income people, opens for business.
Just how will this new act affect you? First, itâ€™s important to understand what the Affordable Care Act is not. Contrary to what many politicians and others have claimed, it is not socialized medicine, and it is not government-run health care. Itâ€™s not even a national health insurance system like Medicare or the health systems in other countries.
Aniah Preston is like most 12-year-old boys. He loves sports - especially football - likes hanging out with his friends, and isnâ€™t overly fond of school. But unlike the other boys in his 6th grade class, Aniahâ€™s days also consist of lots of medications, routine blood pressure checks, and frequent trips to a myriad of doctors, in an attempt to manage the rare disease he was born with.
Itâ€™s called Kearnes-Sayre Syndrome, and according to Aniahâ€™s mom, Amy Kulhanek, less that 250 people worldwide have been diagnosed with the disorder.