As a nurse who works in public health, my guiding principle is the belief that prevention is the best medicine. It's an integral part of my job to teach women about the importance of birth control and to help them find the method that works best for them.
This is why, despite being employed full-time by a large health care company, I was shocked when I discovered that my employer-subsidized health insurance did not cover my birth control of choice—an essential component to women's healthcare rights that the President has steadfastly defended.
The discovery came when I was advised by my primary care provider to switch birth control methods after I developed risky side effects from hormonal contraceptives. It seemed like a simple switch, until I found out that my insurance did not cover "contraceptive devices" and I would have to pay out-of-pocket. Suddenly, I no longer had access to the preventive health care tools I regularly referred women at my clinic.
Thankfully, President Obama has committed himself to protecting women's health care rights by ensuring that a range of preventive services will be available to women at no cost. I am thrilled that well-woman visits, cancer screenings, and—yes—a variety of birth control methods will be available without cost sharing because of the law. As a nurse, I know that these policies will not just save women money; most importantly, President Obama's policies will save lives.
I chose to work in this field because I believe that women deserve choices, and they should feel ownership over decisions about their health. I support the President because he has stood up for my health and for the health of millions of women across the country.