Steven DeMaio of New York City has been happily self-employed as a writer and editor since 2008. At that time, he felt comfortable leaving a corporate job with health benefits and going out on his own because the state where he then lived, Massachusetts, had established a system guaranteeing affordable individual-market coverage without regard to health status.
But DeMaio, 46, recently decided to look for a corporate job with health benefits because of uncertainty over the future of his health insurance posed by Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. As of Aug. 1, he will begin working for a company that offers a group health plan.
“My first preference would have been to remain self-employed,” he said. “I do want to work for this firm, but I wouldn’t have started looking in the first place if not for all the political chaos and rhetoric threatening the ACA. There’s a huge question mark about what the insurance markets will look like in 2018.”