I am a Disability Activist. I was born with Cerebral , unable to walk. Fortunately my father’s workplace insurance afforded me the then-experimental surgery, supplies, and physical therapy I needed to be able to walk with difficulty.
Fortunately, until I received my master’s degree, and in all of the jobs I held throughout my career, I had decent health insurance. Thank goodness.
By the age of forty-three, I was gainfully employed full-time, a power wheelchair user, a homeowner, employer of personal assistants for activities of daily living, and had urostomy surgery.
In 2015 , everything changed, I lost my job of 16 years AND MY HEALTH INSURANCE . Like anyone in that situation, I was devastated. At that time, the Affordable Care Act still existed as written. I applied, I qualified, I got a plan. At that time , Illinois Medicaid expansion still existed, so thankfully I received a medical card.
I now have peripheral vascular disease, a colostomy , and very fragile skin and bones. What would I do without Medicaid or the ACA?
The real answer : my organs would shut down and I would die.
Die at the age of forty-six ? Not me.
I am a fighter. I enjoy life. Do not take it away from me prematurely.