Affordable Care Act Health Law Largely Stands

The Supreme Court has spoken, and I want to tell you what it means to me as a cancer survivor.

I’m not afraid to admit that I was opposed to the Affordable Care Act, what some people refer to as Obamacare, when it passed.

But there was something that concerned me more, and that was having no insurance at all. Because in the minds of the health insurance companies, I’m not a cancer survivor — I’m someone who had the audacity to survive cancer. And the consequence of survival was that they refused to insure me. I own a small business and work hard, so I need to buy my own health care.

However, I did qualify for a new program included in the health care law — the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Program (PCIP). It was designed for people like me and maybe for someone like you or someone you care about who are cancer survivors and aren’t able to get insurance coverage due to a pre-existing condition like cancer.

When I went to the hospital in March with a life-threatening bacterial infection, I was admitted to the intensive care unit, where I spent five days recovering. Without PCIP, I would not have been placed in intensive care and, quite simply, I would have died.

And that brings me to today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

I almost cried when I heard the Supreme Court had upheld the law. These were not tears of sadness, but tears of relief. I won’t be losing my insurance coverage. I know that if I get sick again, it won’t mean possibly losing everything I have, including my life. And I know there are millions of cancer survivors like me who feel the same way.

Yes, the law was controversial. And it’s a shame it became so partisan. But there is one thing I know for sure — we can never go back to how it was before the Affordable Care Act was passed.

Cancer survivors cannot again be left to just hoping we won’t get sick. Bankruptcy and a greater likelihood of death shouldn’t be accepted as the outcome of a serious illness.

Despite my early concerns and reservations, I believe in the importance of this law. I believe in its crucial protections for cancer patients and cancer survivors. It protected me. And for those like me, it saved our lives.

Thank you ACS CAN for fighting for the parts of the law that saved my life.


Kathy Watson
Cancer Survivor – Lake City, FL

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network


3 Responses to Affordable Care Act Health Law Largely Stands

  1. Kim Carther July 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    Dear Kathy,
    I share in your relief. While I am not a cancer survivor, I did watch my sister Tonya pass away from Cancer in June 0f 2010. She worked hard and diligently all her life and and put her assurance in a government system that was broken and could not work for her . She died uninsured. I believe that had she been able to afford health insurance or been eligible for medicaid, she would still be alive today. Many people are of the impression that if you are terminally ill, the government takes on the responsibility of caring for the people who have contributed to the system. They are mistaken. I understand that while to some, certain parts of the Act may seem controversial, to others, those parts are just what is needed. So, in an attempt to recognize that the ACT cannot protect me alone and hold provisions that only I deem acceptable, I make concessions to my personal beliefs because I know there are other people whi will benefit from those parts. So, I digress- because that what good citizen do…. I am so glad you are able to call yourself a cancer survivor Kathy; I pray for your ongoing recovery and wish you well.

    Kim Carther

  2. Inor June 1, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    This is really sad hearing about those who suffer due to NOt having health insurance. As I read these many posts, I am very aware, lest many don’t consider…that there is this hidden agenda regarding population control. I personally DO NOT believe its an accident that SOOOOO many people come down with cancer and all the varying diseases. Its all part of the wider picture…slowly reduce the population by ANY MEANS NECESSARY!

  3. Dina Branham April 17, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    Husband has prostate cancer had a good job with Walmart when they found out he had cancer they told him to quit or they would fire him that he was not going to use their insurance so could’t get the treatment that was planned for him but got some radiation friends put him on their payroll so we would have insurance it cost over $20.000.00 year now the company filed bankrucpty my husband cancer is moveing fast and we cant even afford obama care said we would have to pay out $900.00 each so $1800.00 month husband sick i am trying to work but i don’t even make $900.00 a month i dont understand how some people can get it an sone like us can’t husband thinks that goverment wants him dead

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