Health Care Protest at Ted Cruz's Office

photo by Annalise Pasztor, posted Jun. 26, 2017. #11 of 14 photos.

"I remember from before the ACA how difficult it was to get individual insurance. When I turned 24 and was kicked off my parent's plan, I got rejected from multiple healthcare companies because I had lost 50 pounds of weight under a doctor's supervision and also had childhood asthma. It was really arbitrary what they could deny you coverage for, and it took me forever to find a plan that would actually cover me. I priced out plans that covered preexisting conditions, and a plan would have been 800 bucks a month. I was a 24-year-old with asthma. I only went to the doctor's once a year for a check-up. We're worried that if this new law passes we won't be able to buy individual insurance, that it will again be astronomically expensive and out of reach to so many people, especially if they can deny you for things as common as asthma." - Julie Gilberg

"I work in the video game industry, and an awful lot of people in Austin work in video games and film, which means an awful lot of us are freelancers. You can make a good living off of it, but you're on your own for health insurance. It's been possible because of the ACA, but if the ACA goes away, a lot of people in the industry would have to leave Austin or find new jobs because they can't buy individual plans. It's an international industry. The freelance game industry in Austin is bidding against the industries in Europe and around the world. Most of them don't have to pay for individual health insurance, which puts us at a disadvantage." - Ryan Clark

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