Senate Republicans took the first big step toward repealing Obamacare on Thursday, and for many Americans, that could be a literal death sentence.
At the suggestion of educator and activist Brittany Packnett, Americans who rely on Obamacare are taking to Twitter with heartbreaking testimonies of how the health care act kept them and their loved ones alive and how its repeal would strip them of their medications, treatments, money and even their homes.
This whole thing is terrifying, Ekuwa Ansah of Atlanta, Georgia, told The Huffington Post. She responded to Packnetts call for tweets with details about her 13-year-old daughter, who is fighting cancer and relies on the ACA for continued chemotherapy, physical therapy and doctors visits.
As a single mom, I already work a ton of hours to make ends meet, she said. Now Ill have to worry about how I’m going to care for her medically from a financial standpoint. How am I going to afford necessary medical care for her? Its scary. Its my baby. I’m her mom. I’m supposed to provide for her and protect her. But I cant give what I don’t have.
Since the ACA became law in 2010, around 20 million previously uninsured Americans have gained health coverage,President Barack Obama said last spring.
The uninsured rate among Hispanics fell from 41.8 percent to 30.5 percent, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Among working-age black Americans, it fell from 22.4 percent to 10.6, and among whites, it fell from 14.3 percent to 7 percent.
Victoria Fierce, a transgender woman living in the San Francisco Bay Area who responded to Packnetts call for tweets, said she cant imagine life without the medical care she receives through the ACA.
If I ever run out of hormones, I get incredibly depressed, suicidal, and otherwise not wanting to keep living, she told Huffington Post.
If I didn’t have the [ACA], I wouldnt be able to live with myself, she continued. My depression would come back as Id no longer be able to afford my hormone medications. Suicidal thoughts weren’t far away.
Many others cited how the ACA has provided them with life-saving mental health services.
With the House vote on funding for Obamacare scheduled for Friday, Packnett urged people to call their elected representatives
and tell them how important the ACA is to them.
Don’t be silent. We need your truth, Packnett wrote.