Jennifer in Arizona
I am an attorney and have been employed full-time since graduating law school in 2006. I take care of myself, make healthy choices, and work hard. I have encountered multiple medical challenges in the last 15 years. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer my first semester of law school, and had surgery to remove my thyroid over Christmas break that year. The surgery damaged my parathyroid glands, which produce a hormone that helps the body process calcium. I have to take replacement thyroid hormone, activated Vitamin D, and calcium supplements to stay healthy. Over the last 15 years my prescription costs have gone up from about $30 a month to about $110 a month.
In 2012, I had an unexplained placental abruption with my first pregnancy and delivered my son 9 weeks early. He spent 5 weeks in the NICU, learning to eat and breathe. His hospital bills were almost a half million dollars.
Last year, my son tripped over his Pull-Up and broke his femur. He was placed in a full-body cast under anesthesia and was in the cast for almost 8 weeks.
We are an upper-middle-class family with good employer health coverage. The Senate health care bill would affect us because it would allow my employer to refuse to cover my endocrinologist care because of my pre-existing thyroid condition. It could also mean that a freak accident like my son's broken leg could put him over an annual or lifetime limit and force us to have to pay out of pocket for the treatment.
We are working on continuing to be contributing members of society, investing our savings in the stock market and real estate, participating in the economy in every way. The Senate Health Care Bill could take away that ability to contribute and set us back years in our progress.
Chantal in Arizona
Repealing the ACA would devastate Americans with pre-existing conditions and those who rely on Medicaid. In Arizona 709,000 could lose coverage without the ACA, and probably more with the steep Medicaid cuts. Medicaid allowed me to be healthy enough to graduate college. I have a pre-existing autoimmune disease called uveitis that could blind me without treatment. I worry that I could be denied coverage in the future. My eyes cannot afford to be uninsured. I'm only 29 years old.