jessica matwick published Healthcare is a human right #DAresists #Medicare4all in Healthcare Stories 2017-09-23 17:24:25 -0400
I'm an American living in Canada. In September 2017 I was diagnosed with stage III gestational trophoblastic neoplasia. GTN is a rare cancer that develops after a woman has a baby or a miscarriage. I lost my baby at 13weeks earlier this summer, underwent 2 surgical procedures, a post-op infection, and was ultimately diagnosed with cancer. Having health coverage in Canada, I have not received a single bill for the tests/procedures/specialists I have required. The last three months have been devastating- from the heartbreak of losing my baby to now facing the scary realities of chemo, I am so fortunate to be supported by a health system that does not increase my stress with a financial burden. I am a 37 yr old healthy woman with a dream of having a family- and now I have a pre-existing condition. If AHA is repealed, and coverage of pre-existing conditions is no longer mandated, women like me would suffer. I would not be able to consider even moving back to the US. Healthcare is a human right, and the question Congress should be asking is not IF but HOW to make the system work for all US residents.