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Piecemeal Repeal? Here Are Six Bills In Congress That Go After Obamacare
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  • Kaylee
    01/27/2017
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    When I was 20 years old and beginning my Junior year at the Univeristy of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, I started to feel tired and ill. On October 31st, 2010 I went into urgent care to receive treatment for what I thought was the flu. After a preliminary blood test came back abnormal, I was sent to the Mayo Clinic for further testing. On November 2nd, 2010 I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. On November 5th I was hospitalized for the first time to start what would end up being 9 months of treatment, which included a Bone Marrow Transplant on February 17th of 2011. This experience made me acutely aware of the many ways I am blessed. I am blessed to have an incredibly strong and supportive family. I am blessed to have an amazing team of nurses and doctors who worked tirelessly to save my life and continue to work for my wellbeing. But I was also blessed to have been diagnosed at a time when the President of the United States had fought to help and protect people like myself, and to ensure that, despite my battle with cancer, I would have access to the affordable health care I needed to survive. Six years later, I am happy to say that I am in remission and have had relatively few complications post treatment. But I am reminded frequently, because of the radiation I needed to survive Leukemia, there is a much higher chance of developing other cancers in the future. The reality I live with is my battle against AML is most likely just my first battle against cancer. Because of all of the wonderful support that I have, I have been able to stay very positive. I very rarely felt that sick feeling of dread and fear. In the past few weeks, I have woken up with that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach every day. I am fearful because, it seems to me now, my government does not care about the struggles of myself and other survivors. I feel like my life is an after thought, behind politics and partisanship. Recently, you and your colleagues voted not only to clear the way for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but that any replacement plan that comes after does not have to include a ban on lifetime or annual caps, and would not be required to include a ban on discrimination because of preexisting conditions. Without those provisions, people like myself would not be able to receive the life saving treatment they need. And those are just two of the many things you voted to take away. There are millions of other Americans that need other aspects of the Affordable Care Act to survive. I urge you to consider the suffering of millions of Americans, and to reconsider the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. I would love to hear back from you, I am very interested to hear what kind of argument you can make for the kind of suffering this repeal would cause American people. I understand that the current law is not perfect. But repealing it without a replacement, and without a replacement that includes the provisions that protect so many people, is negligent and irresponsible. I look forward to your reply.

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