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The Question: How does the Affordable Care Act deal with end-of-life planning and care?
Sally Johnson’s Mira Mesa home is decorated with paintings of the oak trees that surrounded her previous home in Northern California. In 1990, she and a good friend, Sam, left for San Diego.
During their first weeks among the palm trees, Sam was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He moved in with Johnson permanently. Over time, handrails joined the paintings on her walls.
Because of her role as Sam’s caregiver, Johnson has spent a great deal of time thinking about how the U.S. health system handles care for people with late-stage illnesses. Her thoughts are further influenced by her British upbringing.