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Mary Lou Retton’s Explanation of Health Insurance Takes Some Somersaults

Ex-Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton revealed on NBC’s “Today” show that a rare case of pneumonia led to an expensive hospital stay. Retton also disclosed that she was uninsured, citing preexisting conditions, divorce, and poor finances as reasons for not purchasing coverage. Although she didn’t provide specific details about her income, her case highlights the difficulties some face in obtaining health insurance. Even with subsidies from the Affordable Care Act, many people are still unaware of or unable to afford comprehensive healthcare plans.

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