My name is Nicole. For 15 years I have owned my own successful business in Nashville’s music business. The passage of the Affordable Care Act has impacted my life in a major way and allows me to sleep at night knowing no other American’s will share my story.
In 2004 at the age of 34 I was diagnosed with a “massive onset” of Multiple Sclerosis. At that time I hired an insurance consultant to find me a plan. I was told, “in this country you really can’t be self employed, single, and chronically ill” After years of fighting through two episodes of blindness and other exacerbations I filed for bankruptcy on Sept 28 2009….my 39th birthday.
It is my sincerest prayer that no other American will have to go through the double heartache of getting sick AND losing their home, their car and everything they have worked for.
Because of the Affordable Care Act, I can no longer be denied access to insurance I have always been willing to pay for because of my pre-existing condition. With in 90 days I will be accepted into a temporary subsidized high‐risk pool.
The Affordable Care Act provides Tennesseans with more freedom and control in their health care choices.
- It gives families the freedom from worrying about losing their insurance, or having it capped unexpectedly if someone is in an accident or becomes sick.
- It frees Americans from the fear of insurance companies raising premiums by double digits with no recourse or accountability.
- It frees Americans from discrimination when insurance companies deny women health insurance because they are pregnant, or refuse to provide coverage to children who are born with disabilities.