- Posted September 29, 2013 by
san leandro, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Obamacare: Your story
Cancer and uninsured
At the age of 59 I never thought that I would be in such a terrifying place . My husband and I have lived a simple life raising our family and working hard. And until 15 years ago we had wonderful full coverage insurance until my husband became disabled and as a result lost his job and was put on permanent disability. We also lost our insurance. Neither of us could find an insurance company that would insure us. My husband because of his disability and me at the time because I had asthma. Three years ago I was diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases and continued to look for health insurance all to no avail. Two months ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now before you all get excited and think that there is help out there for people like us think again. We are what you used to call the lower middle class, and I'm afraid there is no help expect for the very poor. I qualified for Medi-cal here in California with a share of cost. That share of cost is $3,800.00 a month. That leaves us $900.00 a month to pay rent and utilities and buy food. You see California hasn't changed their share of cost law since 1989. So my children have been holding a fund raiser to help me meet that share of cost so that I can at least have my surgery. We have no idea how we will afford the Chemo I need. You see like so many Americans we are not flakes and leaches who want something free from the government like so many Republicans would have you believe. We were good hard working citizens who only want health care that we have access to and can afford. It has always been our belief that every man, women and child regardless of their health or income should be able to get health care. When I hear these Republicans on TV it hurts. I hurt for people like me and others out there who cannot understand how these politicians can want to deny this to the very people who I believe pay for their healthcare and voted them into office.