On October 1st an MRI found a tumor growing on my three year old’s brain stem. By October 5th his surgeon had removed it and on November 5th he will begin radiation in the hope that it will never grow back. But 45% of ependymomas DO grow back and so he will have MRI’s every few months for years, and if it comes back he’ll have surgery, and radiation, and chemo. Over and over again. Until it stops coming back or it kills him.
Thanks to Obamacare this pre-existing condition won’t prevent him from being covered if our insurance situation ever changes, and we will always be able to get him the preventative care we need to give him his best fighting chance.
That’s why I and my husband have already voted for President Obama, and why we’ve spoken out encouraging everyone we know to do that same.
Why kateradee is voting for Obama:
I am the only child of a single mother, who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer when I was 18 years old. Under President Obama, I don’t have to worry about her being denied health insurance coverage. I just graduated from college, and started an entry level job far from home. Under President Obama, I can stay on my mother’s health insurance for a few more years while I settle into the workforce and find a job with benefits. I am a woman. Under President Obama, I don’t have to worry about my reproductive choices being made by men in suits. Four more years!
Why fancycwabs is voting for Obama:
A little over a year ago, my sister took my twelve-year-old niece in to the doctor because her eye wasn’t moving the way it should. Sometimes a birth defect causes these symtoms, but the doctor recommended an MRI just to be safe—a MRI which revealed an inoperable brain tumor on the base of my niece’s spine.
Several weeks of cold, early mornings driving to the hospital for radiation treatments reduced the size of the tumor to a point where it was no longer an threat, but the total cost of treatment was over $140,000—covered by their (employer supplied) insurance, fortunately.
My niece will need several $10,000 MRI scans every year. For the rest of her life, every time she changed jobs, or her employer changed insurance companies, her tumor would be listed as a “pre-existing condition,” and she would have been denied coverage.
I use the past tense for that because that’s how it would have been, had Barack Obama’s administration not passed the Affordable Care Act. Because of this act, my niece will never have to worry about a big corporation denying her medical care in order to save itself some money. My family can be sure that they won’t have to lose everything to pay for medical bills.
Opponents of the President have made repealing the Affordable Care Act the first item on their agenda—a move that could very easily cost my now-thirteen-year-old niece her life if the tumor ever becomes a problem again. For this reason, I will do everything I can to make certain Barack Obama is reelected.
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In Emilia’s case, we finally found a hospital that could treat her. A month after her thirteenth birthday, she got an artificial hip. Today she is fully recovered, but like the doctors said has a whopper of a pre-existing condition. Before her surgery, though, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—which means that she won’t have to go through what my parents went through. My daughter can now live anywhere within the borders of our great country, or will be able to after 2014.
Charles C. Mann for 90 Days, 90 Reasons: “If Mitt Romney is elected, insurance companies will continue to discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions.”
Romney is running on a program that, as far as I can tell, will result in re-imprisoning Emilia.
For making sure that my birth control (which I’m taking for both contraceptive and several medical purposes) is $6, not $60 or $600. While that’s not free, it certainly is affordable.
One of your biggest fans.
In my first presidential election, I am what they call a one-issue voter. I didn’t think I would be; when I started looking seriously at the candidates, I thought things like economic policy, the war in Afghanistan and gay rights would be things I would seriously consider.
They weren’t. It came down to the Affordable Care Act. As a college student with a pre-existing, chronic condition, healthcare is incredibly important to me. I am alive today because of the healthcare I have received. I have medications that cost $32,000 a year wholesale. I have been hospitalized twice in the past year. I will probably be hospitalized once a year for the foreseeable future. A drug that addresses the underlying cause of my genetic disease is in development, but a similar drug for a slightly different mutation costs $294,000 a year. What I’m saying: I am not a cheap person to insure.
However, because of the Affordable Care Act, I am secure in the knowledge that I can stay on my parents’ healthcare plan until I am 26 years old. The insurance company cannot cap the amount of care I can receive in my lifetime. In the future, I will be able to get insurance regardless of how much my care costs. I will not be denied because of my pre-existing condition. I will not have a limit on the care that will be paid for in a year.
If Mitt Romney becomes president, this historic act will be repealed. Romney has said that he will repeal Obamacare on his first day in office. That will be absolutely catastrophic for me. The Affordable Care Act means that insurance is no longer something I have to think about every day. It means that I will be covered for the medicines and treatments I need. The Affordable Care Act will keep me healthy for years to come.
The Affordable Care Act is the one reason I am voting for Obama in 2012. I doesn’t hurt that I agree with him on all the other issues, too.
There are two major reasons I am voting for Obama:
1. As a woman, I have the right to make my own health care decisions. Congress has no place making those decisions FOR me.
2. I am a student who doesn’t have the option of asking parents for money. My father has been on SSDI for most of my life, and my mother (who was also on SSDI) passed away in October. As it stands, my financial aid and minimum wage job barely cover tuition as a commuter- never mind living anywhere but home. Without federal aid, higher education would never be within my grasp.
I fear what would happen to me, and the many others in my shoes, if we lose this election.
is how much both of my hospitalizations would have cost last year (not counting doctor’s appointments, which would up the cost to about $80,000) without the Affordable Care Act.
$3,000 is how much we had to pay out of pocket, because the total amount we spend on healthcare per year is capped at around $7,000 thanks to my still being covered under my mom’s company insurance.
The thing is, it’s possible to buy insurance from your school, but I had to withdraw for a year, and when you’re not a student, guess what happens to your college based insurance?
I was so incredibly lucky, and it scares me to think that other people in similar situations might not be as lucky in the future. Please cast your vote for affordable healthcare this november.