Obamacare is not perfect. But for me it means hope. I am not a "freeloader". I'm not looking for a "handout". I am none of the colorful names that many opponents of the ACA throw around to describe people like me. I worked hard for nearly 30 years as a registered nurse helping others tend to their health care needs. I always carried health insurance for my family through my job. Then I got sick -- too sick to work and had to leave my job. I lost my health insurance when I lost my job due to illness - just when I needed it most! I cannot just go get different insurance. I am uninsurable because of my pre-existing conditions. I now must pay all of my medical expenses out of pocket on an income that has been drastically reduced due to my illness. What it has boiled down to is that for almost two years now I have been treating symptoms only (and not very well because I cannot afford the hundreds of dollars per month that the medicine I really need would cost). I cannot afford the tests, specialists, and treatments that might actually make me well enough to return to the job that I love. Herein lies the dilemma. My sickness is preventing me from getting health insurance, my lack of health insurance is keeping me sick. I, for one, am excited about Obamacare, and am looking forward to soon being able to access the health care that I need.
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