We live in an incredibly politicized society, but one that does not understand politics. Health care reform through the Affordable Care Act has grown into an abstraction emblematic of this. But there are real consequences. A parent who cannot afford to pay for the prescriptions to ease the pain of their ailing child. A woman who cannot get the help she needs because nearest clinic that handles women’s health is being defunded. But also the person who, try as they may, cannot cobble enough together to match their rising premium. Or the person who cannot continue visiting their trusted doctor, one with whom they share their most personal health details, because they are not longer included under their new coverage. To understand health care reform is not to get lost in policy minutiae. It is to be illustrated through these real stories of real people. As we approach a tipping point, this is more relevant than ever.