100 Reasons, Day #98 -- Health Care As an Essential Human Service
With my broad policy background, I will hit the ground running in Washington, fighting for both evidence-based and common sense federal solutions to issues most important to North Carolinians in general and in particular to the citizens of NC 13. My deepest policy knowledge is in health care and aging and I have always been committed to health care as an essential human service. When millions of Americans lack access to care, it negatively effects the quality of life of individual citizens as well as American families. It also holds back the well-being and productivity of our nation, while limiting job creation within our nation's service sector.
If you have ever experienced a serious illness, you are likely among the US population who have known the devastation of no longer being able to obtain affordable health coverage, owing to what health insurance companies call a pre-existing condition. In my analysis of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the fact that insurance companies can no longer deny insurance based on pre-existing conditions is a huge win for Americans. Those of us who have never suffered from a serious illness can only imagine what this means to many Americans who have and often feel as if they are punished simply for being sick, usually through no fault of their own. I have heard hundreds of their stories that have brought tears to my eyes. Today we need to look no further than the Cleary for Congress campaign manager who was confronted with a cancer diagnosis at the age of 14. Stay tuned for Andrew's story this afternoon.
Today's issue regarding health care as an essential human service is another reason I am asking for your vote. I am a passionate advocate for health care and with my expertise on the issue, will keep health care reform moving forward to better serve all Americans. On the other hand, George Holding -- through his votes to repeal the ACA -- seems to prefer turning back our progress in health care for the nation, including the glaring issue of denying health coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions.