I remember what I was wearing and where I was standing two years ago when my husband called to tell me about his cancer diagnosis. I remember what I was reading and where I was sitting during testing to see how far it had spread. Mostly, I remember feeling terrified and adrift as we charted the unknown waters of a scary diagnosis.
Fast forward two years. My husband, luckily, is healthy, and for now anyway, needs no further treatment.
With a recent job change, my husband needed health insurance for one month. After multiple unsuccessful phone calls, one insurance agent finally leveled with him that, with a cancer diagnosis, his only viable option for short term insurance was the Affordable Care Act.
Now, you can add yesterday to my days of remembering. It is terrifying to imagine life if ACA is repealed. Being uninsurable, we could be one cancer rebound from financial disaster. We all will have pre-existing conditions if we live long enough. Is this the best we can do? I fervently hope not. My heart especially goes out to those who are navigating this insurance debacle with a fresh and scary diagnosis.
Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, do the right thing and vote against the repeal of the ACA. Americans deserve better. Accessible health care coverage should be a right, not a privilege for the wealthy and those that are lucky enough to be healthy. And remember, we are all only a call away from becoming one of the unlucky ones.