Melody of Chattanooga, TN writes:
I grew up in Chattanooga, TN and was diagnosed with a thyroid condition when I was 10 years old. Since then, I left to get an education (studying business, law, and policy) and moved back a few years ago, bringing with me a funded fellowship so that I could be a part of helping make East TN a better place.
Recently, I was a major party nominee for office and could afford to leave my job and run because there was an affordable option for healthcare through the ACA. I also moved back because I was interested in joining the developing startup community if not elected into office. My ability to be an entrepreneur or run for office in the future, as well as for many others, will be severely limited if the ACA is repealed.
Access to affordable healthcare was a big concern that I heard about while running for office all over East TN. A health condition or accident can severely hinder a person’s ability to make a living and support their families. Health is key to work, play, and life in general.
After talking to people and studying the issue, I am sure of a few things: families should not lose all of their savings because they get sick, health issues get worse when folks can’t get access to affordable healthcare, and the cost of healthcare before ACA was prohibitively expensive and out-of-reach for average Americans and Tennesseans. The ACA needs to be improved, not repealed.
Some officials have called people like me “uninsurable.” This is misguided- I have been a productive member of my community, working, regularly volunteering, and participating in local advocacy efforts. There are a lot of folks like me in East TN with health concerns. Repealing the ACA will not only hinder those just trying to support their families and life, but will stifle innovation and progress for those like me to start a business and take big steps to make our community a better place.
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