All it takes is one issue to turn an independent voter into a committed supporter and volunteer. For Susan, that issue was healthcare. Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer over ten years ago and we wanted to highlight her story in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here's why she will be supporting Barack Obama this November:
Before moving to New Hampshire, Susan lived in Massachusetts, where she was an HR executive, negotiating insurance policies for employees at a Boston children’s hospital.
“It was my job to understand all the complexities of health insurance policies to ensure others were getting the right coverage. So when I started my own business, I was pretty thorough, checking through my papers, even calling my insurance company to confirm that I could transfer my plan without any problems. But, it soon became clear that I asked the wrong questions.”
After moving to New Hampshire, Susan went to update her insurance coverage, but as soon as she mentioned that she is a breast cancer survivor, she ran into problems. Even though she was an existing customer and had been in remission for six years, she found out that her coverage was in jeopardy.
“It was a real eye-opener. I had moved just six miles across the border from Massachusetts to Atkinson, New Hampshire, and suddenly I was at risk. I took great interest in the passing of the Affordable Care Act, because I knew that I would be one of millions to benefit from it. Knowing that insurance companies can no longer deny or restrict coverage because of pre-existing conditions, wherever you live and whatever your circumstance, certainly comforts me, and millions of others in my position.”
Susan began to volunteer at her local office in Salem because she knows how important it is to get involved.
“I think this might be the most important election in my lifetime. Romney has promised to repeal Obamacare on day one. There are just too many people who are now receiving the benefits of the ACA to repeal it. As someone who has been touched directly by breast cancer, I know how important this election is.”
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