tankisclean submitted:

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.

sweetupndown9:

I know I’ve told this story before, but I want you all to know. I mean really really know.

In February of 2010, my younger sister (who was 14 at the time.) was in a really bad accident. She fractured her skull, broke her eye socket, and her brain started to swell rapidly. She was put into a medical coma to keep her brain safe from the swelling and after 36 hours she had to have brain surgery because she developed a blood clot. See that tube at the top of her head in the first picture? That’s going into her head.. 

She spent nearly 6 weeks in the hospital. She had to relearn a lot of basic functions like walking, and changing her clothes. But she trooped through and made it back home. For almost 2 weeks while they kept her sedated, we had no idea what we were going to do, how damaged her brain was. It was the most terrifying time in my life watching my little sister struggle to stay alive.

She was uninsured, but with the help of a great children’s hospital, and donations from all over the world (Hey! Thanks tumblr <3) we were able to keep her initial costs very low. But the graces of good people can only go so far. She needed physical therapy, and regular check ups for a long time after her initial release from the hospital. 

My grandparents gained custody of my little sister, and they tried to get her put on my grandfather’s (private) insurance plan. She was denied because of her accident. Because she had a pre-existing condition. My family is lower middle class, and could not even consider affording the out of pocket costs of the therapy my sister needed 

Within weeks of being denied, the Affordable Healthcare Act went into effect. I encouraged my grandmother to re-apply for my sister to be insured. 

The insurance company had to cover my sister. Because of Obamacare, my little sister was able to go to her therapy. She was able to take the medications she needed, and go to the doctor for regular check ups.  She was able to get the care that she needed, and she is now 17 years old, and has been medically cleared to participate in all the things a kid is supposed to do. She drives. She goes to the beach with her friends, she is going to start college soon. 

I am terrified of how different things could be for my beautiful sister if she wasn’t covered under an insurance plan. I want Obamacare. I want other families standing terrified at the foot of a hospital bed to know the person they love is more than just a profit. More than a number. They are taken care of, and they have a President that is willing to really fight to make sure they can keep that coverage. 

The bottom picture was taken in August of this year. 

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"Obamacare!"

heywhat submitted:

I went to the pharmacy on Wednesday to refill my birth control prescription and expected to be charged the normal $10 when I got to the register. Imagine my surprise when the screen read $0.00! I was so pleased that I accidentally yelled “Obamacare!” in my pharmacist’s face (sorry, Sandra!). It’s not a lot, but that $10 is going to President Obama’s campaign. Hopefully it will help women like me rest easy for four more years, knowing that there’s a man in office who is on our side.

One Issue Voter

jemappellery submitted:

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.

Why I’m voting for Obama.

countingcrowds submitted:

I’m voting for President Obama this November because my fiance and I were surprised last month by finding out we’re expecting our first child. We don’t make very much money—only 12k per year for our household, and we’re both students. To say that things are going to be hard for the next few years is an understatement, but President Obama is going to support legislation that makes sure we finish our degrees so that we can start careers that will give our family the best chance in life possible.

I’m voting for President Obama because I believe that being pro-choice means that we have the right to choose to have this baby and there are programs in place supported by organizations like Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, and WIC that make sure we’re going to be healthy.

Speaking of health, because of the ACA, I can finally get insurance because hey, now they can’t deny me for the diabetes I’ve been treating out of pocket for years. This is only going to increase the chance that my baby and I stay healthy.

It keeps looking more and more like if Romney/Ryan come into the White House, our dreams and our family would become an impossibility. I’m voting for Barack Obama because I’ve lived in poverty my entire life and I refuse to let that be the reality for my child.

$60,000

thatisnotfeminism:

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.

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Why Obamacare is Important to Me

D. wrote in:

This past February, I suddenly had horrendous pain in my right lower abdomen. My roommate drove me to the local ER and I was admitted within an hour and a half. After bloodwork was collected and a CAT scan conducted, the nurses told me that I did not have appendicitis as I thought: I had a cyst on my left ovary the size of a Blackberry that was pushing on my right ovary.

I was given an IV drip, a dose of morphine, and an ultrasound. I was admitted to the hospital for overnight stay and scheduled for emergency laparoscopy the following morning. The OB/GYN explained the risks and asked me what I wanted from her, because there was a chance that the procedure wouldn’t work and she’d have to make a larger incision in order to remove the cyst.

“No matter what happens, please just save my girl-parts,” I said in a morphine-induced stupor.

Why do I tell the Internet this? My father works for a large contracting company and has very good health insurance that covers the immediate family. Without the insurance, I more than likely would not have been able to receive any treatment and I would be in a far different situation than I am today.

Going through this ordeal made me state that I wouldn’t wish this on even my worst enemies. I would hate for any woman to have to go through this and not receive proper care. It’s so important to be able to receive medical care and have a chance to recover from ailments.

The election could very well boil down to one of many simple, difficult questions: is basic health care a right or a privilege?