Mark Sellers was a valued custodian with the Cobb County School District but after 20 years he found there was no longer opportunity for advancement. Mark grew up under challenging conditions and learned to fix and salvage everything. He decided to leave the security of his custodial duties and take a position as a maintenance man with an apartment complex. It is there that Mark got his HVAC license and several other licenses within two years. Mark’s work ethic and his skills quickly became well known. Mark and his new wife (an apartment complex director) decided to take their experience and skills and live the dream of starting their own business. Things were looking great. Then without warning, Mark had a heart attack.
The nightmare of the Affordable Health Care Act became a harsh reality for Mark and his wife.
Mark was rushed to a new and highly advertised hospital. Mark was stabilized and informed he needed a triple by-pass and that they would send him to another hospital. They were told that this hospital did not have a heart surgeon that could perform a triple by-pass. Mark was sent by ambulance to the next hospital. Mark’s surgery was successful, however, he suffered a stroke in the process. Mark was discharged only four days later.
The first Hospital charged Mark $26 thousand. The second over $200 thousand. Bills for the ambulance, medicine, and doctor follow up visits continue to rush in. Mark’s medical condition will prevent him from working for some time. We are not sure of the long term effects of the stroke. The couple has had to give up their dream to own their own company. Mark’s wife, Renee, is returning to a corporate job to obtain insurance for future medical costs.
The bills are coming fast and furious and taking a personal toll on both Mark and Renee. Depression and hopelessness are setting in for this couple who have always gone and beyond for others.
We were told a lot of bad information as a society when the Affordable Care Act replaced companies competing to serve us. Mark and Renee are the forgotten in health care law. They could use some assistance to get back on their feet.
- Paul Webb
- Richard Jordan
- Steven Palmer
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