Fear over healthcare locks Americans in jobs – and throttles creativity | Jonathan R Goodman

What could and should make America great is the freedom to follow one’s dreams – not stay trapped in a cubicle, paralysed by fear

Millions of Americans are stuck in what some economists call “job-lock” or the inability to leave employment because of the risk of losing health insurance. A 2001 paper from Princeton’s Center for Economic Policy Studies showed, for example, that self-employed people are 25% less likely to have health insurance than office workers.

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Stress is bad for your health. Today’s political uncertainty makes it worse

Americans are exposed to one of the most damaging sources of stress: uncertainty. The assault on our fundamental sense of security can make us sick

David Dobbs’ 13-year-old daughter has type 1 diabetes. Since 2015, the 59-year-old freelance writer and author has relied on Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to help pay for his daughter’s insulin, blood testing supplies and other medical needs. But as the endless series of cliffhangers over the fate of the ACA continues, Dobbs says he’s starting to feel hunted.

Without insurance, diabetes treatment alone would cost his family about $20,000 to $30,000 a year, he estimates – and that’s if nothing goes wrong and prompts an astronomically expensive hospitalization.

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By the skin of his teeth: learning to walk again without health insurance

An injury left professional bull rider Joseph Dewey paralyzed – now, like countless other Americans, he’s recovering without health insurance

In the weeks after professional bull rider Joseph Dewey suffered an injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down, an outpouring of support kept him buoyed above the undertow of hopelessness and despair.

Related: ‘They’re sentencing me to death’: Medicaid recipients on the Republican healthcare plan

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Trump substantially weakens Obamacare contraception mandate

Many more employers allowed to opt out of requirement to cover birth control without copay in move that could cause thousands of women to lose coverage

The Trump administration has dramatically expanded the number of employers allowed to flout the Affordable Care Act (ACA) policy that requires company healthcare plans to cover contraception at no additional cost.

Related: White House drafts rule to roll back 'contraception mandate' for health coverage

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Republican health bill: latest draft would scrap contraception mandate

  • Proposal in Senate bill puts women’s health coverage in precarious position
  • Planned Parenthood: ‘Latest version of Trumpcare is even scarier for women’

The latest version of the US Senate’s bill to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act would eliminate the so-called birth control mandate, handing a long-sought victory to conservative activists who have spent years assailing the regulation.

The mandate is one of the most controversial benefits of the Obama administration’s enforcement of the ACA.

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