Locals split over Court ruling (Sun-Times Media)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

ELGIN — Karen Haseman says her 23-year-old daughter spent “a scary three years” without health insurance.

It was scary, according to Haseman, because her daughter — who has Crohn’s disease — could not visit the emergency room until she was very sick.

The disease, an autoimmune disorder that usually attacks the intestines, meant she needed to see a doctor every six months to a year. It also meant it was difficult to get affordable health insurance after she turned 18 and no longer was covered on her mother’s policy, the Elgin woman said.

And that meant declaring bankruptcy as the emergency room bills stacked up, she said.

“We lived this for a long, long time. I’m happy about Obamacare,” Haseman said.

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” require health insurance providers to insure people with preexisting conditions, like Crohn’s disease. It also requires them to insure children up 26 years old on their parents’ policy, like Haseman’s daughter.

In an historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The 5-4 decision means the overhaul will continue to go into effect over the next several years, affecting the way Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care and extending it to more than 30 million uninsured person. That includes 2 million Illinoisans.

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