Heidi in New Jersey
I am a 64 year old woman who depends on Medicaid for health care. After loosing my job at 58, I re-trained as a massage therapist and work part time, making 15K per year. With Social Security, 25K, soon to be reduced by payments to Medicare once turning 65. My income does not allow for "extras", such as Dr.visits and prescriptions, not to mention any medical tests I may need.
Debbie in New Jersey
I am a 48-year-old woman with chronic health issues that require me to visit doctors every few weeks and take prescription medications. I suffer from chronic migraines, which would prevent me from working entirely were it not for the medications I take. I also have some herniated discs in my back, so I see an osteopath every few weeks for treatment so I can function without pain. I am self-employed and run two businesses. I purchase my coverage on the federal ACA exchange. Before the ACA, I had nowhere to buy affordable insurance coverage that would actually cover my health issues. Repealing the ACA will have a devastating impact on small businesses and the self-employed, especially those of us with health problems. I am terrified that I won't be able to afford coverage as I inch closer to the 50-64 age bracket. And if the ACA is repealed and there is no marketplace for me to purchase insurance, I will be forced to close my businesses.
Elizabeth in New Jersey
After my spouse and I graduated from graduate school we were for a brief time unemployed. At the same time, our 3 year old son was in and out of the emergency room due to heavy asthma and bronchial infections. The situation was already so stressful, but I don't know what we would have done without access to ACA insurance coverage. So many people in the U.S. find themselves in similar situations, where a loved one is sick and regular and emergency care is required. Why would we as a people add to this already difficult situation by not giving everyone the insurance needed to access health care? We need to put the health of our people ahead of profits for insurance companies.