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  1. Jacky in Washington

    I just changed jobs - I now work for a small company of only 7 employees. My kind CEO offers health insurance even though she doesn't have to. My health plan covers myself and my one year old son. It was a hard decision leaving my big corporate job to work for a small company, but it's a group of people and a mission I'm passionate about, and I am happy I made the change. Maintaining healthcare was my one concern, and luckily the new company made it available. I think we're going to lose it if Trumpcare passes. If premiums are going to skyrocket over 1500% as predicted, it will not be financially feasible for my CEO to continue offering benefits. That, and since I've been pregnant I now have a pre-existing condition, keeps me awake at night terrified what could happen to our finances if something were to happen to me or my baby and we didn't have healthcare. This country needs single payer universal coverage to allow people like me to work a job I love without fear, to allow entrepreneurs like my CEO to follow their passion without worrying about keeping employees like me who need healthcare, or ruining their bottom line trying to offer benefits to keep employees so they can grow their business. Work with the Democrats to FIX the ACA, I beg the GOP, if y'all are so dead set against universal single payer. Fine. Jus don't blow it up. IThe ACA is saving lives, it's allowing freedom of movement, it's helping small businesses grow. It's keeping sick children alive. It's keeping veterans healthy. Fix it, fix it, fix it. Save it. Save us.
  2. Sally in Washington

    I had no health insurance for years in my 50s and 60s because it was just too expensive. Fortunately I had been healthy. I finally qualified for the aca about 4 years ago and the relief is incredible. So far the only problem I have had is a broken foot but even that would have cost thousands of dollars. I favor single payer but in the meantime this is a lifesaver. Thank you President Obama.
  3. Kathi in Washington

    I have bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and some medical conditions for which I take medication. Two of the medications I take are not available in a generic form, and they would be prohibitively expensive without insurance. I would not be able to function without medication, because I would become severely depressed and experience mood swings. I am a clinical psychologist in private practice, and I would not be able to assist my patients if I am having as much difficulty as they are. Given that I am self-employed, I have to pay expensive monthly premiums which are already difficult to afford. I am very concerned that I would not be able to afford the premiums if the ACA is dismantled. Or I would have to choose a plan with such a high deductible that I wouldn't be able to actually use the plan except in a dire emergency. I am a 62-year-old woman, and my financial status and credit rating were ruined in an abusive divorce. I do not have any savings or investments, and I feel that I must stay healthy in order to keep working as long as possible. I am very angry that the Republicans assume that people who are my age and above are inherently less healthy and therefore should have higher premiums, because my physical health is better that many people who are much younger than I am. I only hope that my health holds up, because I don't know what I will do if it doesn't. It is depressing and horrifying to see that the Republicans are willing to abandon the American people in order to please their wealthy donors. I am terrified for the many, many people who are much less fortunate than I am, and frightened about the possibility of watching the healthcare system disintegrate around us. The bill proposed by the Republicans is criminal.
  4. Erika in Washington

    I have triplet sons each of which have all had a form of health care issues that would be deemed under this plan to now be pre-existing conditions. There are 12 years old, the decision to move it with this plan would cause them to have a lifetime of an affordable medical bills that there is no way they could possibly afford.

    One was born when the a heart murmur, one was hospitalized for pneumonia at 9 months and the third has ADHD. ALL of these issues cr ate preexisting conditions under Trumpcare!

    Personally, I too have multiple preexisting conditions. I was born with a heart murmur, my first pregnancy was an ectopic one and i almost died in the OR and my triplets were delivered via c-section. With my ectopic pregnancy it was planned parenthood who detected early that there was a new issue and sent me to the ER. It was Medicaid that covered the lifesaving surgery that ensured I and my children are here today. It is the protections that AHCA that has ensured excellent affordable health have been given to all of us.

    I can't fathom the thought that another woman or mom would not be alive or her children would not receive the same care we have. I will stand against anyone who threatens my children's future access to health. I don't know a single mother who won't be right there alongside me.
  5. Matthew in Washington

  6. I was diagnosed with a chronic medical condition when I was 9. Growing up, I was fortunate to have a mother who was able to fight for me, from keeping me enrolled in a public school to getting me access to experimental drug trials at the National Institutes of Health. But I also saw her in tears over medical bills when my father was laid off after 9/11 and we had to go on Cobra, and how draining negotiations with insurance companies were. At one point, I had to go on a medication that was $100,000 a year and was not covered by insurance. I don’t know how I would have survived without a family with enough savings to keep me covered.

    I am now successful, independent, and working in international relations and development in Washington, D.C., which I love. If the A.C.A. is repealed, I will live in constant fear of being laid off or fired and losing my insurance, or worry that I will have a flare-up that would devastate me financially.
    Matthew Kimmel, Washington
  7. I was diagnosed with a chronic medical condition when I was 9. Growing up, I was fortunate to have a mother who was able to fight for me, from keeping me enrolled in a public school to getting me access to experimental drug trials at the National Institutes of Health. But I also saw her in tears over medical bills when my father was laid off after 9/11 and we had to go on Cobra, and how draining negotiations with insurance companies were. At one point, I had to go on a medication that was $100,000 a year and was not covered by insurance. I don’t know how I would have survived without a family with enough savings to keep me covered.
    I am now successful, independent, and working in international relations and development in Washington, D.C., which I love. If the A.C.A. is repealed, I will live in constant fear of being laid off or fired and losing my insurance, or worry that I will have a flare-up that would devastate me financially.
  8. Julie in Washington

    My name is Julie Negrin, I'm a nutritionist and cooking teacher that's had 4 unrelated cancers by age 42 due to a genetic syndrome called Lynch Syndrome. I lost 4 organs in 2014 and had 18 weeks of chemo, which thankfully, was all covered thanks to the Affordable Care Act! It literally saved my life. Unfortunately, I have a lot of complications now and go to the doctors 6-8 times a week. If the ACA is repealed, I'm scared I won't be able to afford health insurance and wouldn't survive long...please call your senators and urge them to vote no!!
  9. Julie in Washington speaking to Senators Cantwell and Murray
  10. Jennifer in Washington

  11. I'm an asthmatic freelance bookkeeper so I didn't have insurance until January 2015. I used the ER when I had a bad asthma attack. August 2016 at 39 years old I found a lump, and September 9 got the call that I had breast cancer. An aggressive form called Her2+ which has a very high recurrence rate. I did chemo then had a mastectomy, they also found thyroid cancer so that was removed too during all this. March 8 2017 I got the call that I am cancer free, for now, but I still get Herceptin infusions every 3 weeks to reduce recurrence chances. I need these treatments or it's likely to come back! The ACA has literally SAVED MY LIFE!
  12. Debbie in Washington

  13. The ACA has allowed our family to have insurance and healthcare as we run two businesses. As entreprenuers we have created jobs, provide valuable services and are active in our respected communities. It is good to know we have the ACA to cover our family since we are both self-employed. It is an important for us to have access to afforfable and comprehensive health insurance and coverage.
  14. Mark in Washington

  15. My wife and I were in between jobs. I freelance and was on her health plan. For a few months we were in "limbo" but we signed on to the ACA and got were covered for those few months we were "jobless". They covered everything, it was amazing! Thanks Obama.

    Because we used the ACA, we are strong supporters. We understand how important it is. It's a "safety net" for folks like us. It's life or death to others. Can't imagine folks not having health insurance in America. If anything bad happens you can lose your home. Crazy.
  16. Marziah in Washington

  17. My daughter has finally been able to work again and now has medical insurance. But until recently she was saved by ACA coverage. She had a pre-existing condition and several providers turned her down. An accident and several days in ICU at Harborview left her with crushing debt, around $100k. If Trump can take advantage of bankruptcy multiple times, I've come to the conclusion she should too.
  18. Liz in Washington

  19. My husband started working in the US over 15 years ago on a H1B visa. He was always covered for medical expenses by his employer. I however had been a seasonal worker for a couple of years and had experienced the difficulty in getting individual coverage. I had used Planned Parenthood for most of my regular checkups. After we married, Michael wished to be seasonal like me which we didn't see as a problem, but due to a blood disorder called Factor 5 Lidein, no one would insure him. The first time we have both had insurance together in many years is due to the inclusions of ACA, and no penalties for pre-existing conditions. I cannot imagine going back to non coverage now.. the older you get, the riskier it is.
  20. Jennifer in Washington

  21. My husband lost his job and went to work for himself. It was important to me that we could keep our same doctors. I signed us up for ACA. Fast forward to this past summer, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have a 5-year old and a 9-year-old. I was terrified and also so thankful to have insurance. I was very lucky that I was able to seek treatment at a top notch facility. I have been at an appointment every week and sometimes many a week for the past 6 months. Medical care is expensive. Cancer is expensive. I shudder to think what would be happening with me if I didn't have ACA. I was also able to have genetic testing done which allowed me to make informed decisions for my own care and to have some idea of what risks my daughter and my cousins faced. I'm part way through reconstruction and instead of worrying about getting better I'm worried and anxious that I need to speed up my timeline before the repeal. I'm also afraid of having a pre-existing condition and not being covered for future care related to my breast cancer diagnosis. Thanks to the ACA I will be a breast cancer survivor.
  22. Connie in Washington

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