This is me..last year….undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. When I was diagnosed months earlier, I broke down. Crying, not about having cancer, but rather out of fear for losing my health care coverage and possible inability to continue working (I’m self-employed) to pay my premiums and additional costs for surgery, chemo, radiation, prescriptions, etc. I was reassured by my surgeon that because of Obama-care it was not legal for my coverage to be withdrawn, abridged, or cancelled. But now things are different. We are facing the real possibility that: “Additionally, the Senate’s bill, like the one passed by the House, would allow states to decide which benefits insurance must cover. This could herald a return to pre-Obamacare days, when Americans who bought their own insurance faced expensive riders for coverage such as mental-health care, maternity care and addiction treatment. Any changes to which benefits insurance must cover is expected to have an outsized impact on people with pre-existing medical conditions.” (The Guardian) I urge everyone to consider how devastating this new health care legislation is for those of us who have pre-existing medical conditions is. Should I lose my insurance due to health issues beyond my control, I would be completely bereft and without means to operate my business, pay my staff, support myself and my family. What would my options be? Death from untreated cancer? Suicide to relieve my family from supporting me in the face of insurmountable medical bills? I’ve always worked. I’ve always paid my way. I’ve never taken public assistance…but I can’t believe that my health coverage could be taken away from me to benefit those far wealthier and better off than I’ll ever be, by reducing their tax burden. Please join me in sending a message to your Congressional representatives and state Senators, and even the President–urging them to reconsider these regressive and cruel measures

This is me..last year….undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. When I was diagnosed months earlier, I broke down. Crying, not about having cancer, but rather out of fear for losing my health care coverage and possible inability to continue working (I’m self-employed) to pay my premiums and additional costs for surgery, chemo, radiation, prescriptions, etc. I was reassured by my surgeon that because of Obama-care it was not legal for my coverage to be withdrawn, abridged, or cancelled. But now things are different.  We are facing the real possibility that:
“Additionally, the Senate’s bill, like the one passed by the House, would allow states to decide which benefits insurance must cover. This could herald a return to pre-Obamacare days, when Americans who bought their own insurance faced expensive riders for coverage such as mental-health care, maternity care and addiction treatment. Any changes to which benefits insurance must cover is expected to have an outsized impact on people with pre-existing medical conditions.” (The Guardian)

I urge everyone to consider how devastating this new health care legislation is for those of us who have pre-existing medical conditions is. Should I lose my insurance due to health issues beyond my control, I would be completely bereft and without means to operate my business, pay my staff, support myself and my family. What would my options be? Death from untreated cancer? Suicide to relieve my family from supporting me in the face of insurmountable medical bills? I’ve always worked. I’ve always paid my way. I’ve never taken public assistance…but I can’t believe that my health coverage could be taken away from me to benefit those far wealthier and better off than I’ll ever be, by reducing their tax burden.

Please join me in sending a message to your Congressional representatives and state Senators, and even the President–urging them to reconsider these regressive and cruel measures