At the Families USA Health Action Conference, Elizabeth Stone talked about being lucky though she is challenged with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. One of the things that make the 32-year-old feel blessed is that she got sick in 2012, after the passage of ObamaCare. She says that having the Affordable Care Act, the official name of ObamaCare, the law of the land meant she has had “less problems getting health care with a preexisting condition.”
Stone was one of hundreds of health care advocates at the conference organized by Families USA, a non-partisan voice for health care consumers. Their annual conference provides networking for an array of health care supporters including Stone and Ola Ojewumi and informational forums such as one on the status of health care access.
Nigerian-American Ojewumi has faced a number of challenges including surviving cancer after having an organ transplant. She too is grateful for ObamaCare. “After graduating from college, I was able to stay on my father’s health insurance because of ObamaCare,” the Maryland USA native told Port Of Harlem.
Ojewumi says she spent years hiding her disabilities, partially out of cultural reasons, even though she was in America. “It’s a hidden secret,” she added, that when children in Nigeria began showing signs of Down syndrome, for instance, “they are often drowned.”
Both represent the increasing number of Americans with healthcare under Obamacare. Ojewumi also represents the closing of the racial gap in health insurance but the progress has stalled on closing the gap since the current president took office.