rain of berkeley, CA writes:
I’m a self employed woman, living in Berkeley California. I worked for 10 years as a hospital social worker here in Berkeley, then, thanks to the ACA, was able to open my own business (a private healthcare practice) in late 2013. I had previously been denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and would not have been able to go into private practice without this landmark legislation. I have always been a supporter and was one of the first to sign up!
I am a cancer survivor and the Affordable Care Act saved my life. In March, 2015, at the age of 42, I got the results from my first ever mammogram: they had found an aggressive malignant tumor that had already spread to my lymph nodes.
Being diagnosed with cancer is terrifying enough; thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I didn’t have to worry about the quality of my healthcare, my coverage limits, or personal bankruptcy as a result of my diagnosis. I received state of the art care at a top research hospital, and today I am cancer free. My business is thriving, and my health care premiums are affordable.
However, without the ongoing protections of the ACA, I will certainly lose my health care coverage; I will be forced to close my business and seek benefitted employment, reversing the forward progress of my career. I may lose access to the medical team that saved my life.
I am fighting for the ACA not just for myself, but for those who need it even more than I do – people who would have even more trouble getting coverage, and whose only option would be to go without health insurance. We can’t let this happen.
Please join me in defending the Affordable Care Act! Talk to your Senators, your Representatives, your friends, and your family. Share your healthcare story if you are covered by the ACA. This affects all of us.
Help rain get this message heard by adding your voice.
We’re stronger together.