My name is Stacy.
I started working full time when I was 15 to help support my 2 little sisters after my father left us.
I became a career woman at an early age and worked my way quickly up the ladder. I was managing a small nursing home by the time I was 17, and running the Recreation Therapy department for one of the largest Alzheimer’s care centers in the country when I was 24.
When I was 25 things changed.
I was in a horrible car accident, which resulted in permanent disability, chronic pain, and triggered a chronic illness.
I lost my job, after 10 years of 60+ hrs per week, because of my injury.
Losing my job meant losing my health insurance.
I racked up over $100,000 in hospital bills in under 2 years.
Because doctor’s offices and pharmacies don’t send a bill like a hospital does, I cannot afford to see my physicians or fill my much-needed prescriptions.
Now I am 27, and after living what felt was hopeless, endlessly painful existence for 2 years— today I FINALLY felt a glimmer of hope.
With the Supreme Court’s decision today I will now be eligible to receive coverage, regardless of my pre-existing conditions. That will prolong my life, and make it so much more LIVABLE.
Thank you, President Obama.