Dear Speaker Boehner:
My husband died in 2003 due to lack of care for diabetes and cancer after we lost our health insurance. There were times we couldn’t get insulin and no churches or private agencies could help either. We lost our home, our business and eventually him, because the only jobs I could get didn’t offer health insurance, but I made too much for him to qualify for Medicaid.
We finally had to separate and he move to another state that had better Medicaid, but the damage of not having had care had already taken it’s toll. He lost a leg the year before dying, and was in misery for 8 years while dying. He didn’t deserve this. He had worked HARD since he was 12, as have I.
I only recently qualified for medicare having gone for 12 years with no care due to a lack of insurance. I have chronic illnesses that will cut my life short, but even worse, I will not be productive during this time, whereas had I gotten care when I needed it, I would still be working today. We who need health reform and insurance are not lazy. We just don’t come from the same world you do…white, privileged male.
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