Over the past 10 years I’ve spent time listening to discussions on Healthcare, from the annual discussion at the office about “How much” our insurance costs are going to go up at work, to the seemingly never ending debate about how to provide better healthcare to our country as a whole. I recognize the complexity of the issue, we are quite literally debating people’s lives. How they are to live, and how we treat them when they are not well.
A bit about my family and the why I’m so passionate about this subject. I’ve been married for 17 years, to my wife Jennifer. I found out 20 years ago on a “Spring Break” type trip to Destin, FL that she was a Type 1 Diabetic. That occasion of finding out, was by having to get a cab to take her to the Emergency Room, when the rest of our friends were too drunk to drive, or even really notice that my best friend had been puking for 12 straight hours. We walked in, and she was quite literally as white as a ghost. She walked up to the counter and told the nurse she was a diabetic, and that her sugars were completely out of control. What followed was a whirlwind for me, calling her mom, her getting placed in the ICU, me spending the night on cramped chairs in the ICU waiting room after realizing somewhere in the excitement I lost my wallet. I spent an extra three days in Destin that week, and honestly we’ve never returned, the memories are just that bad.
With the passage of The Affordable Care Act in 2010, I felt for the first time that my family at last had a safety net to ensure that I could afford to keep my wife alive if (god forbid) I ever lost my job, or work stopped providing healthcare, or …. The requirement that companies provide equal and same price coverage to customer’s with Preexisting conditions is of paramount importance to me and my family.
For those of that are on the fence – please think about the millions of families like mine, that the loss of coverage for preexisting conditions could truly devastate. If you decide to get off the fence, call your congress person, your senators, the White House.
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