My experience is hardly unique or even special. A health insurance system that puts decision-making largely in the hands of employers and for-profit companies results in situations like mine -- and I'm sure tens of millions of other people in the country have experienced similarly unwanted changes to their policies and providers over the years.
Can those of you insured through an employer even remember all the changes that have been imposed on you over the last decade, or even the last five years? Premiums increasing, co-pays increasing, co-insurance creeping up: shifting the costs to individuals who have absolutely no way to predict or even calculate the costs any given ailment is going to entail.
Sure, Obamacare is a messy kludge. But what could we expect when taking the private profit out of the system was always going to be a nonstarter? We know we need single-payer. Failing that, we know we need a public option.
Don't let the media get away with crying fake tears for the poor folks who are moaning about the loss of crappy, for-profit insurance. The least we can do is tell our own stories and show just how false all this concern is.