So Blu, having been put on blood pressure meds after a seizure last month, went in to have his blood pressure checked today. They put an itty bitty blood pressure cuff on his tail, which he immediately whipped around himself because ICK SOMEBODY AT THIS PLACE TOUCHED ME!!!!!! But he didn't try to pull it off - just huddled with his head buried against me and growled. Which is what he always does at the vet's.
Since several measurements had to be taken, the vet and I chatted. Turns out she has lost her insurance, courtesy of the ACA. She has several health problems, including pulmonary ones. She's been trying to replace her policy, of course. But the closest she can come boosts her deductible to $6,000. She'll lose her pulmonary specialist. The standard meds for her problems don't work - she will see an increase of $200 per month per medication in cost. She's not dumb enough to fall for the "It's the insurance company's fault" line.
I've been to her house - she's comfortable, but not rich. She has an office, staff, overhead. A lot of overhead. She's just middle class, same as most of us. And she is getting screwed just because people were too stupid to actually think out, let alone care, what the end result of turning the entire health system into the DMV on a bad day would be.