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Bartender Shares Pre-Obamacare Horror Stories

A sneak peek at restaurant industry life without the Affordable Care Act

Activists Protests Outside Of Trump Tower In Chicago Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

A bill intended to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — a law that provides millions of Americans, including restaurant workers, with health insurance — is on the table (again) in Congress. An initial effort to repeal the law failed in March. Many who work (or used to work) in the service or food industry have praised the ACA’s impact on their lives and well-being, which is likely why a Twitter thread from a former bartender who lives in New Orleans went viral last night.

Read his missive — which describes the realities of living without health insurance while working a physically demanding job for little pay — below.

A vote on the new bill is expected to take place today in the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed by Congress, the Senate will also need to vote on and pass the measure before it could be signed into law.

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