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In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Spike Dolimite Ward reveals that she has breast cancer — third stage breast cancer. She found out three weeks ago, and first on her agenda?
An apology to President Barack Obama.
Ward had been a die-hard Obama fan during the historic election; but since that time, like many Americans, she felt the president had let his supporters down, especially the middle-class. She even changed her bumper-sticker from “Got Hope” to “Got Nope”.
The background story:
Ward’s husband lost his cushy entertainment industry job. They were able to keep their COBRA coverage for $1,300 a month, but then that ran out, leaving them uninsured for two years.
Due to the pre-existing condition clause in President Obama’s healthcare plan, she has been able to get coverage, and says her experience dealing with the administration has been a much better experience than dealing with private insurance companies.
Read below for an excerpt of her apology:
Fortunately for me, I’ve been saved by the federal government’s Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan, something I had never heard of before needing it. It’s part of President Obama’s healthcare plan, one of the things that has already kicked in, and it guarantees access to insurance for U.S. citizens with preexisting conditions who have been uninsured for at least six months. The application was short, the premiums are affordable, and I have found the people who work in the administration office to be quite compassionate (nothing like the people I have dealt with over the years at other insurance companies.) It’s not perfect, of course, and it still leaves many people in need out in the cold. But it’s a start, and for me it’s been a lifesaver — perhaps literally.
Which brings me to my apology. I was pretty mad at Obama before I learned about this new insurance plan. I had changed my registration from Democrat to Independent, and I had blacked out the top of the “h” on my Obama bumper sticker, so that it read, “Got nope” instead of “got hope.” I felt like he had let down the struggling middle class. My son and I had campaigned for him, but since he took office, we felt he had let us down.
So this is my public apology. I’m sorry I didn’t do enough of my own research to find out what promises the president has made good on. I’m sorry I didn’t realize that he really has stood up for me and my family, and for so many others like us. I’m getting a new bumper sticker to cover the one that says “Got nope.” It will say “ObamaCares.”
Thanks for sharing, Spike! Your story could help save lives.