Note: We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of Nebraskans who wanted to tell us how the health insurance protections of the Affordable Care Act have improved their lives. This is one of those stories.
I am a 29-year-old sales manager at a small business in Omaha. I have lived in Omaha my entire life.
I have a preexisting mental health condition that kept me from getting private insurance pre-ACA. When the ACA was passed, I was able to stay on my father’s insurance until I was 26, which allowed me to be the first in my family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. My father never was able to finish college, and my mother never had the opportunity. They instilled a great respect for education in us – sacrificing so my brother and I could go to the best private schools in the area. They wanted us to have a better education than they had. The day I got my college diploma was a dream come true for them.
Since the exchange was established, I was able to purchase insurance for the past 3 years, when my previous employer didn’t offer a plan that would cover my medications and doctor visits. The ACA kept me stable and took care of me, when the private sector was too concerned with profits than to provide for their employees. Now, I work for a small family business owned by my uncle. I do not receive benefits, but thanks to the ACA I still have insurance. I love my job, but I wouldn’t be able to keep it, without the ACA.
As I watch the news today, hearing that Congress is going to take my health care away and replace it with something unknown – that they assure me is “better”- I can’t trust them. They didn’t care about those of us with pre-existing conditions prior to 2008, they didn’t care about us 6 years ago, so I find it hard to believe them now. The ACA has changed my life. I would not be the person I am today, without the medical care that was provided for me under the ACA. I owe it my life as I know it today. Its supporters fought for me when no one else would. I am eternally grateful.
Call the local offices of Nebraska’s U.S. Senators today and tell them you’re disappointed in their votes to start repealing the ACA with no immediate replacement plan in place that offers the same level of coverage and consumer protections. Tell them they should not repeal and delay.
Sen. Deb Fischer (402) 441-4600 Sen. Ben Sasse (402) 476-1400
When you’re done, call your U.S. Representative and tell them they must not vote to repeal the ACA with a replacement plan in place. Tell them how the ACA protections have helped you or someone you know.