VIDEO: “Anyone With a Pre-Existing Condition Qualifies for Health Care”

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This is BOR's Video of the Day, or VOTD, our nightly video clip segment that hopefully provides you with a laugh or a chance to think at the end of the day.

Friday marks the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health insurance reform legislation signed into law by President Obama.

Thanks to the ACA, health insurance companies can't deny you coverage for pre-existing conditions, must spend 80% of your premiums on actual health care for you, and can't kick you off of your insurance when you get sick. In short, the Affordable Care Act prevents the worst abuses by insurance companies. You can learn more about the ACA here.

This week, we're bringing you videos that tell the stories of regular Americans whose lives have been saved by the Affordable Care Act. First up is Spike, who was a skeptic about health insurance reform until her family couldn't afford health insurance and she was diagnosed with cancer. Watch her story.

Spike's family had to choose between paying for insurance and paying the mortgage. And then she was diagnosed with cancer. If it weren't for the ACA, she might have already passed away, leaving her husband and children. Thankfully, the ACA creates coverage for people like Spike, who can't get private insurance.

“I criticized the Affordable Care Act, and the very thing I criticized is what is going to save my life. Because President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, I get to keep my house, I won't go bankrupt, my kids are going to go to college, and I am going to live.

Want to find out how the Affordable Care Act is doing good for you? Click here!

Check out all of our BOR videos of the day on the VOTD tag.  

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She has previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Austin. In addition to serving as the president of Austin Young Democrats, she is also UCONN's #1 fan in Texas.

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