“People are fed up,” Kirk P. exclaimed as he detailed the challenges faced by the uninsured. Kirk is a fifty-three-year-old Miami resident, and he is one of the tens of thousands who have been frustrated in his attempts to obtain health coverage. Like many low wage Florida workers, Kirk does not get insurance through his job. But he was able to get a subsidy in order to purchase a low-cost plan (about $40/month premium) through the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) marketplace.
While Kirk had insurance, he felt a sense of confidence and well-being as he was able to take care of his health care needs, including a hip replacement and prescription medication for his high blood pressure. But seven months ago, Kirk’s income as a part-time meatpacker and stocker at a local grocery store dropped to $500 a month.