I’m not going to lie…I was holding my breath. Would my pre-existing condition be covered? Would it ruin our lives forever? Would the millions of us with chronic illness be trapped in this horrible pre-Affordable Care Act hell that meant we paid and paid and paid and lost our homes and worried and worried and worried about how we’d pay and what we’d do if we couldn’t get coverage.
Then the media finally seemed to make sense of the Supreme Court Ruling:
Yes, that means people like me have hope. The conservative leaning Supreme Court gave us hope. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it is progress. It is a step forward. It means those of us with chronic illness have HOPE in this world where we spend thousands upon thousands with good health insurance just to pay for life saving treatment we need to survive. Imagine what that is like, and imagine what this ruling means for those of us who live this hell daily.
Right now the only words I have, with tears still streaming down my face, is thank you Supreme Court. Thank you. Millions of Americans need this. And we need MORE of this. Let this just be the first step in making sure everyone has access to health care and that everyone has the right to get well and see a doctor and find a treatment that works.
I should know. I have spent the past two years fighting for my life. This ruling means people like me can fight to live another day, and do it with the HELP of our government.
It takes a village, and that village just got my back.