- Posted October 9, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Affordable health care is not a luxury. It’s a necessity.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
This is the letter I sent to my Congressional rep last week.
Dear Rep. Sam Johnson,
I have been a taxpaying citizen of your district since 2007. In that time I was laid off from my job and was forced to seek state-sponsored medical coverage for my children. Fortunately, I was able to enroll them in CHIP. However for a period that lasted 16 months, I was without health insurance. I searched for work daily and was only met with rejection and insulting compensation offers. Please understand that I am not a “taker”. I am not a slacker; I had never been unemployed for longer than 30 days since I was 16 years old. Also, I am a graduate of Southern Methodist University, and I’m an accomplished, intelligent marketing professional. Yet, I prayed every single day of my unemployment that I would not fall ill, have an accident, or otherwise need medical attention because paying doctors out-of-pocket was not an option.
Do you know why it’s part of the flight safety rules that you put on your oxygen mask before you assist children or others who cannot help themselves? It’s because if you lose consciousness, your children probably can’t put your mask on for you. This is a direct example of why the Affordable Healthcare Act is imperative. My children could receive whatever medical attention they needed through CHIP, but if I were ill or injured, I would not be able to seek care so I can continue to take care of them.
Access to affordable health care is not a luxury. It’s a necessity. I was fortunate to finally find a job, and I now have insurance through my employer—but what about the unemployed, the under-employed, or the self-employed. My fiancé is an ex-Marine and is an avionics contractor. He is uninsured. Having access to coverage through the ACA would allow him to have medical coverage that follows him to any jobsite, rather than him trying to locate and register with the VA in every city in which he works.
Please don’t let down people who want to help themselves. Don’t let down your veterans. Please do your part to end this foolish government shutdown and pass the budget that includes the Affordable Healthcare Act (which has been passed into law). Don’t let down the government workers who help our country go-round every day, who may be forced to work without pay or even lose their jobs. It’s not fair.
Quia S. Querisma