Derrick B. makes his living helping kids in San Francisco with math, chemistry, and physics -- an important job that doesn't earn him enough to pay for a private health care plan. Before the Affordable Care Act, Derrick had to use the city's health plan, which translated into long wait times for medications he needed to treat his Type 2 Diabetes. But when the Health Insurance Marketplace opened in 2014, he shopped on California's state-based health exchange and realized that he qualified for Medicaid.
Now, "I can not only obtain my medication within a few hours after my doctor prescribes my medication, but I also have more pharmacies that I can use to get my medications," he told President Obama in a letter. "As a result, I can focus on my work and be more effective in my job."