Health care in the United States is broken.
To fully understand how severe of a crisis we’re in, people from all over California told us about their experiences with a system in dire need of reform.
Call your member of congress today:
Alicia, a marine corps veteran, suffers from chronic back problems.
When she was a student, uninsured Amanda was sent to the ER—and left untreated.
A car accident left Angela with nerve damage—and two hours a week of insurance paperwork.
Anne’s insurance company tried to deny coverage...for her brain tumor.
A lab accident cost Betty her job, her immune system and her health insurance.
Bruce is unemployed and uninsured and can’t get his teeth (or his eyes) fixed.
Carla’s patient lost his job, then his insurance…and then his house.
Chris’ grandmother’s insurance company refused to treat her lung cancer, a “pre-existing condition.”
Christopher’s sister, a pediatrician, is being squeezed by insurance companies from both ends.
Chuck, who was born blind, relies on medicare. But it’s not enough.
Dale was able to get his disability treated, thanks to medicare.
Dan knows from personal experience how important healthcare is to union members like himself.
A dancer and photographer, Debra’s agammaglobulinemia can’t keep her down. But Blue Cross can.
Diane’s son’s leukemia left him with a million dollars in medical debt.
An insurance company pressured Diane’s family to pull the plug on her father.
Eddie tried and tried, but couldn’t find affordable health insurance.
Elaine’s sister insurance won’t cover post-operative care for her hip replacement surgery.
Eleanor used to travel the world. Health care costs have limited her to a five-mile radius.
Evered’s family’s health care costs have more than tripled.
Forrest has been fighting for two years to get his arthritis treated.
Frank rode along with his injured friend in the ambulance. They billed him, too.
Gerry, a diabetic and a veteran, couldn’t afford insurance, but gets covered by the VA.
Grace lost her husband. And her health insurance.
Gregory, a musician, can afford treatment—only when he’s on tour in Australia.
Jackie’s husband was kept in the hospital for 11 days, and in debt for years.
Jeff doesn’t have health insurance, had to get treated in the ER and was overbilled by $800.
Jennifer’s father died. Without health insurance.
A motorcycle accident left John in chronic pain and a $900/month health care bill.
An on-the-job injury forced Joyce into early retirement with only partial benefits.
Judith’s family grew up next a nuclear facility. Much of that town—including dogs—has cancer.
Kristen can’t afford insurance and hasn’t seen a doctor in four years.
Despite having insurance, Laurie’s family is facing a $100,000 dental bill.
An MS scare left Lisa wondering if how she’d be able to keep her home.
Lisa’s grandson can’t get the help he needs because he lacks health insurance.
It took Lisa, a student, several years to get the tumor in her finger diagnosed.
Liz’s sister tried, and couldn’t get insurance; now she’s in the hospital with bills she can’t pay.
Lolita lost her job and her insurance and is forced to ration her remaining medicine.
Lorraine can’t get adequate care for her son with special needs.
Lynn found her dream job, lost her insurance and never got her COBRA coverage.
Madera can’t get health insurance because she has the mother of all preexisting conditions.
Margriet, having lost her insurance, is now legally blind.
Maria tuvo un derrame cerebral y su seguro no cubrira todos los gastos de la cirugia de su ojo.
Matthew, after serving his country in Vietnam, has to go to India to afford his wife’s hip replacement.
Melissa, a nurse, wants to take care of patients, not do paperwork.
Michael’s mother has schizophrenia and relies on state disability to get by.
Michael’s family’s health insurance went from $300/month to $2000/month.
Talk about indigestion: spicy food and no insurance left My with $7000 in health care debt.
Nina’s parents had to sell their house to pay their medical bills.
Pati, an RN, can’t afford her $872-per-month insurance bill.
Patricia’s son—attacked on a trip overseas—was rescued by the French medical system.
A robbery left Patrick with a chronic illness that almost killed him.
Rajan’s family, despite having insurance, spends $10000+/year caring for his autistic brother.
Sandra’s niece died during a “routine” operation.
Sandy’s daughter’s epilepsy means she can only get expensive, “high-risk” insurance.
Anthem Blue Cross is refusing to pay for Saundra’s daughter’s treatment.
Anthem Blue Cross has increased Steven’s premiums 107% in 30 months.
Summer, after 15 years of work, still can’t get health insurance.
Susan is $50,000 in debt, due to Blue Cross’ inadequate coverage.
One of Susan’s patients lost a leg because he was uninsured.
Suzanne wants to start a business, but can’t do that and insure her family.
Because of poor insurance, Teresa has to travel the state to take care of her daughter.
Teri wants her son to grow up in a fair world, where the sick get taken care of.
An attorney, Tim knows how hard it is for disabled clients to get the help they need.
A single mother and cancer survivor, Toni can’t afford to insure her children.
William’s care gets patients off disability. Insurance won’t pay—says it’s not medically necessary