Question #6: What do we do about nationwide healthcare/ACA?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), often shortened to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or nicknamed Obamacare, is a United States federal statute enacted by the 111th United States Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 amendment, it represents the U.S. healthcare system's most significant regulatory overhaul and expansion of coverage since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.
I’d like to acknowledge that this is a very serious and sensitive issue that needs to be addressed and fixed. With that being said, I don’t single handedly have the solution to fix this issue. But, what I want to talk about is my personal experience with insurance in the USA. However, I do believe that this issue can be fixed, we can come to a solution, we can find a compromise.
I moved to Missouri about 7 years ago from San Diego California. I am a federally recognized Native American thus, I was able to take advantage of local Native American Health Clinics. So, I’ve always been pretty lucky with basic health care. When I say lucky I really mean it as - I have a pre-existing condition. I have suffered from a thyroid disease/condition my whole life which requires me to take daily medication.
Leading me to the passage of the ACA, which happened when I was a resident of California - it expanded my Native American care to medi-cal. Shortly, after I moved to Missouri - I realized the vasts differences state-to-state with regarding ‘Federal affordable care.’ In Missouri, I found myself with NO insurance, no coverage, and not one single Native American Clinic in the state. I was with-out a prescription for my needed daily medication . I found myself driving 7 hours away to my reservation in Tahlequah Oklahoma Urgent Care Hospital desperate for my prescription.
Now, I drive every three months to a local Native Clinic in Lawrence Kansas to get my blood checked and my prescription filled. The drive is 3 hours each way - My prescription is $40 a month - But, I know I am still lucky. Some people have no options.
I did apply for ACA once moving to Missouri; I qualified for low income coverage but Missouri did not expand coverage so, unlike when I resided in California I was covered by ACA now as a Missouri resident - I am not covered. I also qualified for discounted coverage due to my Native status and being under the federal poverty level ($19,460 for 2 people) - at the cost of $15,600 a year out of pocket. I couldn’t believe it. For now, I have no insurance, no coverage.
Thus, once elected to congress I will address this issue and work diligently to solve this complex problem, to come to a common ground, to compromise. I believe I bring a unique perspective to this situation due to my experience with lack of coverage, qualifying for ACA, having a pre-existing condition, etc..
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Adela Wisdom for US Congress - Running for US Representative in the 3rd District of Missouri. District 3 covers northern Jefferson County and extends north and west past the St. Louis area, covering much of east-central Missouri. Missouri's 3rd Congressional District consists of all or part of the following counties: Callaway, Camden, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maries, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, St. Charles and Warren. I am eager to serve you and all the families in our district.
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