Northeast TN: Why This Matters

My husband, Jim Nelson, worked for passage of healthcare reform and now gives a slide show explaining how the new health care law works and this beautiful young woman’s story and the story of his step-granddaughter, is why he does this.  Nikki was diagnosed with lupus.  She became too ill to continue school, and eventually too ill to continue to work.  She was on TennCare, then kicked off.  She died at the age of 32 from complications of lupus and the failure of our healthcare system.  Now our son-in-laws daughter has a similar story.  She has been diagnosed with lupus.  When she turned 18 she was kicked off TennCare.  She has been able to work, and now thanks to President Obama and all those like my husband who worked to get healthcare reform passed, Alex has been able to purchase a health insurance policy, with tax credits and cost sharing, that will allow her to get the treatments and medicine she needs to keep her lupus under control.  This law matters.  It is a matter of life and death.

Nikki White who was born and died to soon, because in was not yet Janury 1, 2014 when she could purchase an affordable policy and not be denied because she had a pre-existing condition, lupus.

Nikki White who was born and died to soon, because in was not yet Janury 1, 2014 when she could purchase an affordable policy and not be denied because she had a pre-existing condition, lupus.

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