On November 1st, 2017 my family’s premiums went from $900/month to more than $3,000/month. That’s $36,000 a year for a bronze plan! We would soon learn that the premiums in Charlottesville had become the highest in the nation.

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“Shalynne didn’t have to die. I could not remain silent knowing that other mothers and loved ones would feel the immense pain I’ve lived through if our healthcare system does not change.”

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“We had spent the last two years under lifetime caps forced onto us by insurance companies. Our son’s life now had a price tag, and my employer had a million-dollar reason to fire me.”

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“My brother had long suffered from numerous addiction problems as well as mental health problems, but even though he had worked most of his adult life, he had never received treatment due to lack of health insurance.”

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My Healthcare Story During a routine check-up several months ago my doctor decided to take an x-ray to evaluate my back pain. On the film it showed a suspicious mass on my kidney which after two CAT scans turned out to be cancer. Because it was caught before I had any symptoms and the Veterans…

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“I used to live by a common ‘Filipino’ trait of ‘sucking it up,’ but with experiences confronting me at work, I can’t ‘shut up’ anymore! I’m fighting for Healthcare as a human right.”

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“I have taken a journey from being someone terribly damaged by the dysfunctional U.S. health care system to being a person who believes we can and must change this system.”

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“Although my one significant brush with the health insurance industry was a horrifying experience, I’ve since learned that I was one of the lucky ones: I did not have to file bankruptcy… I was also lucky because I found my new goal in life, which is to make sure that neither myself nor anyone else in this country will ever be a victim of the healthcare system again.”

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