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Sunday, June 11, 2017

‘Obamacare’ protection of pre-existing conditions

Last month I spent some time one afternoon photographing Debbie and Phil Carter at their farm in rural Vigo County, Indiana not far from Terre Haute for The New York Times. The article told the story of some people who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act’s regulations in regards to pre-existing conditions. Thanks to health care changes made under the ACA – also known as “Obamacare” – Debbie received a liver transplant after being diagnosed with a bile duct disease. Because of rain, the Carters were working in their barn for most of the time I was with them. After I finished shooting, I chatted with them for close to an hour. I grew up in a rural farming community in Indiana, but I hadn’t photographed on a farm in several years. It was a nice change of pace to get out in the country away from Bloomington and Indianapolis for a shoot.

Debbie Carter

Stymied by a rainy day during planting season, Debbie Carter looks for a filter as her husband Phil, not pictured, performs maintenance on one of the couple’s farm tractors on Monday, May 1, 2017, in rural Vigo County, Ind. Debbie Carter received a liver transplant after being diagnosed with a bile duct disease thanks in part to changes made under the Affordable Care Act. “We would have lost the farm,” she said. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

Debbie Carter, Phil Carter

Debbie and Phil Carter stand in a field of butterweed on Monday, May 1, 2017, on their farm in rural Vigo County, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

Phil Carter

Phil Carter changes a filter on one of the family’s farm tractors on Monday, May 1, 2017, in rural Vigo County, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

Phil Carter

Phil Carter uses an air hose to blow out a cover for a tractor’s cabin filtration system on Monday, May 1, 2017, at the family’s farm in rural Vigo County, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

Debbie Carter, Phil Carter

Stymied by a rainy day during planting season, Debbie and Phil Carter prepare to change a filter as they perform maintenance on one of their farm tractors on Monday, May 1, 2017, in rural Vigo County, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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