Late in 2013 as conversations were taking place about universal healthcare I can tell you that I was not paying much attention. All my children had coverage with their employers and so did my husband and I. We were all in good health and so I guess I just did not pay that much attention to it.
March 2014 all that change for me and my family for several reasons. First, my son had decided to leave his job and start his own small business. He immediately enrolled when the Affordable Health Care plan was available because it offered him better options for his family that he could afford. For my husband and I the diagnosis of Stage III Colo-rectal Cancer changed the way we view our coverage. 12 long months of Chemo, Radiation, Surgery and more Surgery left Robert with his insurance being cancelled because he was off work for 12 months.
If not for the Affordable Care Act he would have had a pre-existing condition and I would not have been able to add him to my insurance in 2015. Now as the cancer has returned and the fear of it being repealed I am concerned on where that will leave us. His treatments are $44K every 3 weeks and if we did not have insurance we would have lost everything. I am concerned about reaching lifetime maximums and us having to make a decision about getting him treatment to fight this fight or putting food on the table and keeping a roof over our head.
I’m concerned for my son and his family as well and I do not think that the people who are now in office or any Senator of Congressmen and Congresswoman understands what a family like ours will suffer through if they just wipe it out. It is a shame that all they want to do is get rid of it because it was President Obama that worked so hard to approve it, instead of focusing on what the American people need as a whole.
If they repeal it we will lose everything and that is so wrong in so many ways when your already fighting for your life!