04-25-2017  5:15 am      •     
The Wake of Vanport

Obamacare has been a literal lifesaver for me.

For years, I was sick with anemia, chronic migraines, and fatigue. I was even hospitalized back in 2008, but I didn't know what was wrong. My doctor blamed my physical symptoms on depression, so I had trouble getting referred to a specialist.

Luckily, when Obamacare came into effect, the coverage I was able to receive was fantastic, and it finally allowed me to see a specialist at an affordable cost. In 2014, I spent 17 days at the Mayo Clinic and was diagnosed with an immunological condition called Mast cell activation syndrome or MCAS. I firmly believe that I would never have learned what was wrong if it weren't for the Mayo Clinic, and I wouldn't have been able to go there in the first place without Obamacare.

Thanks to this law, I'm able to get the care I need at a reasonable cost. That's not just true for me, but for millions of other Americans -- through my work and in my personal life, I've been able to help people sign up for coverage through the marketplace, and I've seen the impact it's had for them, too.

Tens of millions of people depend on Obamacare -- it's up to all of us to keep speaking up about the success of this law. One way to do that is by sharing your story. The Center for American Progress is collecting testimonials from Americans who have benefited from Obamacare. Take a minute to share yours now.

The consequences of Obamacare's repeal are very real. In my case, MCAS is treatable with lots of pills, but all sorts of things can cause me to go into shock. If I lose coverage and wind up in the emergency room because of an issue related to my condition, I hate to think about how much it would cost. And I'm far from the only person with worries like this.

I'm hoping and praying that congressional leaders don't continue down the path toward repeal, but successfully fighting back on this will take all of us coming together, stepping up, and making our voices heard.

This law is too important to too many people for any of us to stay silent.

Sharing our stories is crucial in demonstrating the tangible impact that Obamacare has had and in urging lawmakers not to dismantle it.

If you -- or someone you know -- have benefited from Obamacare and it the protections it guarantees, don't let this moment pass. Stand up for Obamacare by telling your story now.

 

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