My personal and professional lives are both testaments to the value of health care reform in the United States.
As a registered nurse in Florida, I know all too well the dangers of being uninsured today, and the unnecessary pain that so many people endure. In the acute care setting where I work, patients often come in far more ill than they would have been with basic preventive care. This is particularly true in the African-American community where I often see patients who are just 25 or 30 years old battling diabetes. These are folks who have gone days without their insulin because they simply can't afford it. They're left at risk of having the diabetes affect multiple systems and organs causing far more damage to their health.
These are the issues that I deal with daily. But even though it's my job, health care is a far more personal matter to me. In 2011, my sister-in-law was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and because she lacked health care coverage, was unable to receive treatment. Especially as a person involved in the care of others, having to sit back and watch someone so close to me struggle was a real challenge. Today, my sister-in-law is disease free. She's doing much better.
I rest assured knowing that she, and millions like her, are safer because of the Affordable Care Act. They're in a better place because our country, led by our President, has committed to taking care of its own.
Above are some of my reasons, but whether you’re a nurse, an African American, a woman, or all three like me, there’s ample reason to stand behind the Affordable Care Act and President Obama.