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Tomorrow you may wake up without health care.

You might be one of the 70,000 people currently enrolled in the federal pre-existing condition plan, which could vanish in a puff of Supreme Court smoke as you get out of bed to make your way to your next cancer treatment. Or tomorrow your child, currently getting treatment for his or her pre-existing condition, could face the prospect of never being able to get insurance again, and you will tremble in fear for your offspring.

You may have been looking forward to being able to afford health insurance starting in 2014 when federal subsidies kick in. Or being able to qualify for Medicaid with its more liberal qualifying terms at that point. Tomorrow, all you may have is withered dreams.

Maybe you have adequate health coverage now, but have some kind of health condition. You may have been thinking you might leave your job to start your own company or do your own thing come 2014 without worrying about medical bankruptcy.  Tomorrow, that hope might be gone.

You might be one of the ones who fought the good fight, first to elect a President who promised health care for all, then to pass by the narrowest of margins a health care law. Or you may have been someone who railed against the PPACA, demanding single payer or a public option. It doesn't matter. Tomorrow, you may wake up to find all your efforts finessed by five men who have probably never been without health care in their entire lives. Tomorrow, neither single player, nor a public option, nor the current law, may exist, with no prospect for any of them to be realized in the near future.

How well are you going to sleep tonight?

Originally posted to jpmassar on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 07:57 PM PDT.

Also republished by Progressive Policy Zone, Single Payer: The Fight for Medicare for All, Healthcare Reform - We've Only Just Begun, and SFKossacks.

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