I have a pre-existing condition.
So do millions of other Americans—and they're sharing them online in a heartbreaking act of protest.
A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 52 million people under the age of 65 have a pre-existing condition that could have been used to deny them coverage before Obamacare.
And now Republicans in the House have passed a healthcare plan with an amendment that allows states to waive:
That totally guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions—which can include anything from heart problems to cancer to depression to being sexually assaulted. To health insurance companies, those people are a financial loss, which is why they could be denied coverage if the bill passes the Senate and is signed by the president.
So, brave people shared their stories on social media to remind Republicans what pre-existing conditions look like.
I survived breast cancer once, currently fighting it again at 36, I fear 4 my future, but mostly 4 others w/worse #IAmAPreexistingCondition
— Sarah DeJarlais (@SBDJ2381) May 4, 2017
I was born with a rare congenital heart disease called Shone's Complex. I've always lived with this & always will. #IAmAPreexistingCondition
— avery ga(y)very (@selfwantedfolk) May 4, 2017
There are so, so many more tweets I could include here. They're all human beings. But to insurers, they're pre-existing conditions.