Everyone at some time in their life will need significant health care. I hope when that time comes, each of you will have access to the care you need.
Unfortunately, today many are denied care because of pre-existing conditions, insurance company technicalities, or because they just cannot afford to pay for it on their own. Many lose their jobs and their health insurance due to illness, then lose their homes and go bankrupt -- just to care for themselves or for a family member. And some forego care, and never regain their health.
When health care is denied, one’s liberty, health and even the right to life are denied.
You are not free if you have cancer and no health insurance – you might even die. You are not free if you are forced to sell your home or go bankrupt to pay to keep a family member alive. You are not free if you are trapped in a dead end job, just to receive health insurance from your employer. And when health insurers deny you care when you need it, they deny your liberty, and maybe even your life. This must change.
The Affordable Care Act was an important step toward assuring everyone has access to affordable health care – access that can not be denied. On Thursday morning the Supreme Court is expected to rule on that Act. But regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, the work to guarantee everyone access to health care must go on.
Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act, and even on its laudable goals, will
continue. These attacks are nothing less than an assault on our right to life and our liberty.
President Obama and Democrats in Congress understand the importance of health care reform to the security of America’s middle class families and to their freedom to pursue their dreams. We must support them in this year’s election, and in the coming years. We can not afford to turn back on something so important to all Americans.