Letter to Editor: Sonya of Knoxville, TN

Sonya of Knoxville, TN writes:

I was born in Tennessee and have lived in Knoxville for 30 years. I am dedicated to my two grandchildren and take great joy in volunteering at their school.

Six years ago, I lost my husband. Before his death, we could afford private insurance. For the past six years I have gone without health insurance because I could not afford it. I went without vital screenings such as mammograms, which made me very stressed.

However, this past November I received quality health insurance for the first time in 6 years through the Affordable Care Act. If it was not for the ACA, which protects me despite a pre-existing thyroid condition, I would still be uninsured today.

The ACA has given me financial stability and much-needed peace of mind. I no longer worry about paying for my thyroid medication out of pocket or not being able to afford mammograms. However, if the ACA were to be repealed I am terrified that I could lose everything. If I were to encounter another serious health issue I have no back up plan. I simply do not know what I would do. Please vote no on repealing the ACA!


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