When I was 14 years old, I was diagnosed with a spinal disorder. My family didn’t have health insurance and the tests I needed cost thousands of dollars. This spinal disorder landed me in the hospital numerous times and the steroid treatments for the back condition triggered two other diseases. Needless to say, my life was rapidly changing before my very eyes.
When I was finally able to obtain insurance, I discovered that I would hit my yearly maximum in the first eight months of the year. That meant I couldn’t get care for four months out of every year despite having to pay $600/month in premiums. My mom had to put our family into a huge amount of debt, even with health insurance, just to keep me alive. The straw that broke the camel’s back came last year when I was hospitalized again, this time for 18 days, after I had hit my yearly maximum.
This is when a friend of mine told me about President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Up to this point, I thought there was never a reason for government to be involved in health care. Though I was hugely skeptical at first, I decided to look into it. Despite my health history, I was able to enroll in the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan, a program that only exists because of the Affordable Care Act. Medications that used to cost $1,500 a month are now fully covered under a $5 co-pay. The back surgery I had in May was fully covered and performed by one of the best surgeons in the country. To have insurance without a yearly maximum because of the Affordable Care Act and still get to choose my own doctors is a huge deal to me. I sleep better at night knowing that I will never have to stop treatment mid-stream.
After watching the Republican National Convention I had a nightmare that Mitt Romney was elected President and repealed Obamacare. I woke up the next morning, signed up for Dashboard and got involved with President Obama’s re-election team. I have a very personal stake in President Obama’s re-election as do the millions of other Americans who now have quality, affordable health insurance that they didn’t have access to when he came into office.
Join me and step up to help protect the Affordable Care Act by volunteering with your neighborhood team today.