Imagine the scenario: You come upon tough financial times. Perhaps you or your spouse lost a job in North Carolina, and you are trying to hang in there on one income. You have had to miss a few car payments to the bank holding your car loan. Other debts are growing as well.
Open enrollment for medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins this week. The program has been, in many peoples’ view, a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it imposes financial penalties on most individuals who choose not to be insured. On the other, it has helped millions of people, who would otherwise have no access to adequate care, obtain the insurance they need.