Below is written by my brother, who in his mid-40s, had a debilitating accident. One of the bravest people I know, he never gave up. Here is his letter to the president.
Dear President Obama,
Thank you for using your political capital and risking all to get health care passed. People forget, but you said you were willing to be a one term president to get this through and knew you had to do it that first year. Now I, and millions of others, have health insurance. If this was the only accomplishment you had made, it would be enough, and you knew that and were willing to risk a second term to get it done. No one seems to remember this, but I do. I am alive today because of that risk and again, I say thanks for doing what you had to do to bring forth the Affordable Care Act.
The Story | I have had the unique experience of living on both sides of the tracks. One medical catastrophe can indeed take you from the top to the bottom and fast! One day you are on the merry-go-round reaching out for the brass ring and the next you are tossed into the crowd only able to watch the colorful carousel spin madly in front of you.
That all happened to me. After 20 years of hard work (and God knows how many insurance premiums), I had one of those medical catastrophes and was soon at the mercy of the insurance gods. Within months of the accident, I was pelted with the rain of terminations, claims of previous conditions and huge premium increases. Finding that I would not give up after four years of fighting, I was finally designated “UNINSURABLE”. Game over.
Then when I was ready to give in and join the ranks of the uninsured, that magic letter came. It was a letter from my insurer telling me that they had removed the designation of uninsurable and was reinstating my policy to comply with something called The Affordable Care Act. No more terminations. No more claims of previous condition. No more choices between using my limited funds for food or for medicine. Then a rebate came from my insurer because they had not met the efficiency requirements of the ACA to use the majority of premium income for claims as opposed to overhead. More benefits to help with prescriptions and preventative care to follow. Game on.
EMPATHY IS NOT A DIRTY WORD, BUT RATHER, THE KEY TO FREEDOM.