Imagine having to choose between chemotherapy and radiation to treat your breast cancer, even though your doctor says you need both. This is just one of the many true stories shared during a Women’s Health Care Roundtable in Michigan led by Florida Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The Congresswoman shared her story first.
“I’ve had women whisper to me that they aren’t getting a mammogram because they can’t afford treatment if they have breast cancer, so they don’t want to know the diagnosis. I’m one of the lucky ones. My breast cancer was caught early and I didn’t have to worry about coverage or paying for treatment.”
Every one of us at the roundtable had a story to tell — like me, a self-employed writer/editor who pays a huge premium every month because I have type 2 diabetes, a pre-existing condition. Before the ACA, simply being a woman was considered a pre-existing condition and some insurers charged women up to 50% more than men. But now, no one with any pre-existing condition be discriminated against or turned away.
“It’s important that everyone understand what’s at stake if we don’t get full implementation of the ACA."
Debbie Wasserman Schultz urged us to help educate people about the importance of the ACA and health care reform — and to share our personal stories about what staying well means to each of us.
Do you have a story about how the ACA is making a difference in your life? We'd love to hear about it.