Medic participates in court to decide whether 'Obamacare' lives or dies
Four Americans, four different views of controversial reform
By Richard Wolf
WASHINGTON — One is a young, healthy paramedic who can't afford health care coverage for himself. Another is a breast cancer survivor with leukemia bouncing from private insurance to Medicaid to Medicare. A third is an ailing ex-smoker who believes citizens, not the government, should buy insurance or pay the consequences. And then there is the feed store owner who cannot offer insurance to her employees.
During the course of the past three years, they and others enjoyed — or endured — their figurative 15 minutes of fame on the public stage as President Obama fought to pass his health care overhaul and protect it from legal and political challenges.