Health Care / All
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Will Health Care Reform Leave Andrea Behind? :)
Tell Congressional Leadership to Not Forget Andrea.
Andrea is one of millions of Latinos who need access to affordable health care. Here is her story:
"I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 18. I've always paid cash and worked to provide myself with health insurance. I also worked for myself and was denied insurance because of my preexisting health condition. During this time, I had a severe low blood sugar reaction and decided that I would not go without insurance again. I found an insurance program on the Internet, but the costs are still high—$386 a month with a $500 yearly deductible. In one month alone, costs are over $500. We are an average American family and do not qualify for assistance, but we may still not be able to keep up with the rising cost of health care. My story is why everyone should have quality, affordable health insurance." (Modesto, California)
Andrea is a prime example of how the obstacles within our health care system prevent hardworking people from staying healthy. As a self-employed individual, Andrea struggles to get the care she needs to manage her diabetes. Her health insurance is expensive and the cost of paying for her policy has put a financial strain on her family. Who knows if she will have the resources to pay for insurance tomorrow? The unaffordable cost of insurance should not stand between Andrea and her doctor.
Please call Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and tell them that we need quality, affordable health care for everyone, including Latino families.
Sample Message: I'm calling [Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi or Majority Leader Harry Reid] to tell her/him to not forget the millions of people, including the 16 million uninsured Latinos, who cannot afford health care. I'm asking you to not forget Andrea, a hardworking Hispanic American stuck in the middle of a fractured health care system. Paying $500 a month for health insurance, she is just one step away from financial trouble. Please don't leave her or me behind in health care reform.
Call Speaker Nancy Pelosi at (202) 225-0100.
Call Majority Leader Harry Reid at (202) 224-2158.
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