Faces of Change: A Skeptic's Story on Health Care Reform

Uploaded by BarackObamadotcom on 10.03.2012

[Piano Music]
[Spike Dolomite-Ward Voiceover] My life is so completely and totally different.
I feared there, for a while, that it would never be the same.
[Family] God is great. God is good. Thank you for our food, Amen!
[Spike] I'll take some potatoes.
[Spike] My name is Spike Dolomite-Ward, and like so many Americans today, I got frustrated
with what was happening in Washington.
I was a registered Democrat, and I re-registered
as an Independent, stopped listening, and missed some very valuable information.
We have always had health insurance. My husband had a really great job working for a local
entertainment company, and when he got laid off, he decided to go into business for himself.
[David Ward] Paying for our own health insurance was really expensive. It was over $1,300 a month.
And then, when the recession hit, we just couldn’t afford it anymore.
[Spike-VO] The day came when my husband said, "We can’t pay for health insurance anymore."
So, it was a hard decision to make, but it was either that or the mortgage, and we don't
want to be homeless. And then, the worst possible thing that could happen, happened.
[Spike-VO] When you get told that you have breast cancer, and you’re uninsured, there’s no hope for you.
If you have a pre-existing condition, there is no private health insurance company that's
going to welcome you aboard and take care of you. I thought I would just fall right off the
face of the earth. And then just being haunted by the fact that I could actually die
and leave my kids too soon.
[Daughter] Bye, Mom.
[Spike] Bye, baby. I love you.
[Spike-VO] What’s available to middle-class Americans who are uninsured and have a catastrophic illness?
One of my dear friends who discovered the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP).
Ten days after applying, I had health insurance and I'm in treatment for stage 3 breast cancer.
It’s been the smoothest experience I’ve ever had with any health insurance company.
With PCIP under the Affordable Care Act, anybody with a pre-existing condition qualifies for
health care.
[David] Getting covered gave me some hope, you know, that we can get through this in one piece.
[Spike-VO] And, I pay premiums just like everybody else with insurance.
It’s not a government hand-out.
I criticized the Affordable Care Act, and the very thing that I criticized
is what is going to save my life.
Because President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act,
I get to keep my house. I won’t go bankrupt. My kids are going to go to college.
And I’m going to live.