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Letter: Without ACA, I'd be 'devastated'

I am writing this letter to share my personal story on why we need to call our senators to continue fighting to protect the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

I am one of the millions who have been labeled with a “pre-existing” condition because of a medical condition I had no control over. A couple of years ago, I lost partial vision in my left eye. Luckily, I had insurance through my employer and was able to get checked that same day by my eye doctor and then referred to a retinal specialist.

As it turned out, the specialist found I had a retinal tear and was able to seal it. Unfortunately, that would not be my only retinal tear with partial vision loss or emergency visit.

Thanks to the ACA and the pre-existing condition protection, I was able to get my second retinal tear sealed and covered under a new insurance plan I had.

In addition, because of the ACA, I have been able to continue my check-ups and emergency visits.

Before the ACA becoming law, I would not have been able to afford going to my retinal specialist for appointments because the insurance would have denied paying for my medical care because of having a “pre-existing” condition (believe me, I have had insurance not pay medical expenses because of this.).

I would have been forced to pay $380 to $1320 a visit, depending on what needed to be done to keep and preserve my vision.

Every day, I worry about another retinal tear, losing vision and insurance coverage. If we lose the protections provided by the ACA, many of us will be devastated – personally and financially.

Representative Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, already has chosen not to protect us and our health care by voting for the American Health Care Act, a.k.a. Trumpcare. So please call Sen. Dick Durbin at 202-224-2152 and Sen. Tammy Duckworth at 202-224-2852 to continue fighting for the ACA. They are our voice in the Senate and, thankfully, they are listening to us.

Melissa Garcia

DeKalb

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