I admit my headline is shocking and dramatic. I made it that way for a reason. We as a nation have to face the reality that if Mitt Romney becomes President and follows through on what he has said he will do, people will die as a result. Real people. If Crystal has a recurrence of cancer, she could be one of those people.
Yesterday I got a message on my public Facebook Page from someone who follows what I post there. Her name is Crystal and she wanted to share a letter her husband had written. She asked for my help to have as many people as possible read it before the election. She said in her message, “I feel as if my life depends on it.”
Here is the letter from her husband…
Don’t let your neighbors die over a Lie.
Each and every election is driven by serious issues and a vision for the future. However this one could be a matter of life and death for my family as well as millions of other Americans with pre-existing medical conditions.
On one hand we have President Obama, who protected all Americans from the predatory practices of the health insurance industry and ensured that people with pre-existing conditions couldn’t be denied health insurance and thus access to critical health care. On the other we have Mitt Romney and his party whose main goal is to repeal all the protections afforded to decent hard working Americans by the Obamacare law.
My wife Crystal has just finished her treatment for cancer and is considered in remission.
I can’t imagine how we would have been able to pay for her cancer treatment if we didn’t have health insurance. I am currently running my own business and pay my insurance premium each month but being able to keep health insurance is never a given. My greatest fear is that I won’t be able to provide health care for my family. If our insurance was to lapse and Romney gets his way and repeals those critical protections, then we would have a serious problem getting health insurance again. Depending on where we lived, cancer treatment could be denied anywhere from 6 months to forever. Waiting even 6 months to be able to afford to monitor and then treat a recurrence of cancer is a death sentence.
Waiting, watching as it spreads across your body because Romney and the Republican Party would rather have insurance companies control your health care instead of you and your Doctors. Knowing you’re actually dying for a lie… The Republicans claim it costs too much money to be humane when in actuality repealing Obamacare will cost us 109 Billion dollars according to the Congressional Budget Office’s letter to Speaker Boehner on July 24th, 2012.
I just want to be able to keep buying my insurance. I’m not asking for a handout, not asking for someone to take care of me and my family, that’s my job. I’m asking for protection from an industry that demands profits over the wellbeing of its customers.
I’ve got three children, the youngest a 7-month-old son and when we found out about her cancer, I thought to myself
‘She’ll die and he won’t know his mother.’
Luckily we’ve beaten it for now. Please help me ensure that those thoughts don’t ever come true. Please help me ensure that my son won’t lose his mother because Romney repeals her access to medical care. This election is about life and death. Which side are you on? I’m not asking you to vote for Obama, just don’t vote against us!!!
John R. Bull,
Former Independent Mayor Village of Coxsackie New York
In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch, Mitt Romney claimed that people in America don’t die due to lack of health insurance: But 26,000 people die each year because they lack access to health care, according to Families USA.
Mitt Romney is dangerously out of touch with the reality our neighbors face. He is out of touch and unfit to be President. Please do your part in the next 5 days to protect people like Crystal and the children who depend on them.
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