Jason Barraza

Jason Barraza.

We hear a lot of talk these days of health care reform, but it’s important to consider the hundreds of millions of Americans who currently receive quality care thanks to their health plans. I am one of those Americans, and I think my story represents the peace of mind — in otherwise traumatic situations — that quality coverage can provide Arizonans.

On one Sunday morning in 2016, I was getting ready to drive our family to church. I suddenly had this shooting pain in my back, and it felt like someone was squeezing my chest. I couldn’t breathe, and I thought I was having a heart attack.

We immediately went to the hospital and, after a battery of tests, the doctors determined I would need surgery to remove my gall bladder. Fortunately, the procedure went smoothly, and thanks to my health plan I paid next to nothing. Without my health plan, this emergency would have been a major financial challenge for our family. Total costs would have exceeded $36,000. With our health coverage, we only owed $80.

As policymakers look for ways to improve the health care system, it’s important they not disrupt coverage for those of us who are happy with our health plan. Families like mine.

Jason Barraza and his family live in Phoenix.