‘the reality of obamacare’ – an update from ross

You might remember an article posted here about 10 days, ‘Couple comes face to face with reality of ‘Obamacare’: After more than five weeks on a ventilator, Amy Ward is finally being weaned off it to breathe on her own. She no longer requires dialysis. But a near-fatal infection resulting from a freak accident has left her with a long road of rehab ahead.

In the time he’s spent at his wife’s bedside in a hospital critical care unit, her husband has been able to do a lot of thinking. Ross Daniels, on unpaid family medical leave from his IT job to tend to his wife, has had to face the real possibility that he would lose her, though she’s just 39….

… Daniels has also thought about what would have happened if portions of the new federal health care law had not been in place. His wife’s insurance had a million dollar lifetime cap on benefits. Her current expenses have already exceeded that. One medication costs $1,600 a dose. Without the protection against lifetime limits the new law provides, they would have had to declare bankruptcy.

…. by the time the next president is sworn in, enough people will have experienced the protections and benefits it offers that no elected official would risk his or her standing by rescinding it. That’s the value of first-hand experience, painful as it may be. It brings you closer to the truth than all the political platitudes in the world.

Full article here


Ross very kindly left a comment under the original post (here), and he came back today with another message:

Thanks so much to all of you for your continued thoughts and prayers. They are are a great source of strength to both of us. Amy continues to get stronger every day and making great steps towards a full recovery.

I simply cannot believe the response that this article has received from so many people. It has helped restore my faith that, as Anne Frank said, people are generally good. This faith had been and continues to be shaken by the support the tea party continues to receive on this, and so many other issues.

What I hope people take away from this article though is not a sob story about what we have been through. Yes, it has been a living hell for me personally, but we are fortunate in that we have excellent insurance. We have the savings so that my leave is not an undue hardship and I will have a job to go back to when this is over. We are just the cautionary tale of”what could have been”. I hope people realize that this story applies to millions of people who are LESS fortunare than we are, as opposed to just about us.

Thanks again to all of you,



Thank you Ross, wishing Amy a speedy return to full health, and wishing you both the happiest of futures. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

11 Responses to “‘the reality of obamacare’ – an update from ross”

  1. 1 Fred
    September 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Ross so nice to hear from you again 😀

    I am happy to hear that Amy is continuing to recover.Yes we are still praying for her and for you because she needs you healthy and strong by her side.

    Please send Amy the best wishes of my family and I and know that there are a LOT of people rooting for you too and are grateful that the President enacted the HCR Law.

    Keep us updated as far as her recovery is concerned.Take good care of yourself Ross and until next time
    Fred 😉

  2. 2 JoJothecat
    September 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Thank you Ross for telling your story and may your wife continue her recovery. I am so thankful that HCR was in place during her unfortunate illness and that we continue america’s fight for affordable healthcare for all.

  3. 3 MTmarilyn
    September 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Thank you Ross, for updating us. You are in our prayers.

  4. September 27, 2011 at 10:41 am

    How wonderful to hear of Amy’s progress!!. This is a very heartwarming story that helps so many people better understand our health care system and what it could become. Thank you and may you and Amy experience the highest healing.

  5. 5 a4alice
    September 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Yep. I echo the sentiments of posters here. Thank goodness for HCR and I wish continuing recovery for your wife! 🙂

  6. September 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Among the constant barrage of negativity re HCR it is wonderful to hear the stories of real people. Thank you, Ross, for this update, and may you and your wife continue to be strengthened daily, both physically and emotionally.

  7. 8 57andFemale
    September 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you so much, Ross, for taking precious time to educate the American people on the benefits of ACA.

    You and your wife are in my constant thoughts and prayers. Healing energy being sent your way.

  8. 9 utaustinliberal
    September 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you Ross for coming back to update us about Amy’s progress. I’m so happy that she is steadily improving and that you are getting strength from the contiuned well wishes and prayers from people. I’ll keep you and Amy in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you both a bouquet of success, happiness, health, love, and joy. Please drop by again to let us know how you and Amy are progressing. Have a peaceful day. 🙂

  9. 10 GGail
    September 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you Ross for the update on your wife’s continued improvement. And also we thank you for allowing your story to be a testimony to the benefits of President Obama’s HCR law. We pray for your wife’s health and well being.

  10. 11 HZ
    September 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Ross, thank you for giving us an update on Amy’s continued progress. This fills my heart with much gratefulness to hear of her progress. I also want you to know that you both have given others so much by sharing your story with all of us. It gives us hope as well.

    Keep a beautiful healing balm of love, compassion, and care that comes for each of us here at TOD. Our family here will come alongside your family with prayers, beautiful thoughts of healing, and lots of hugs that are coming your way.

    Be strong, keep hope close to your hearts, and know that others care for Amy and for you. We will continue to send thoughts of a wonderful recovery for Amy. Hugs coming her way from my home to yours. HZ

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