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When my family had no health insurance

The unexpected can happen to any family at any moment. And it can be devastating.

In the 1990s, my Dad was a self-employed homebuilder in Manchester. A recession hit New Hampshire hard, and we struggled to make ends meet. We had to cut expenses - including our family's health insurance.

And that’s when Mom’s heart attack happened.

More than $80,000 in bills later, our family had to file for bankruptcy.

Recently, Gov. Sununu praised the passage of the AHCA in the House, an awful bill that could kick thousands of New Hampshirites off their insurance plans. At a time when many families are already walking an economic tight rope, this bill removes their safety net, and makes a tough situation even worse.

His bill would give New Hampshire two terrible choices—either increase property taxes by about $134 million per year, or greatly diminish health insurance coverage for the most vulnerable members of our community.

It would even threaten affordable health care coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, such as my Mom.

I know the feeling of living in a home where you do the right things - but still hit the floor when the unexpected happens. I'm going to fight to make sure nobody has to feel the way we did.

You think the Affordable Care Act needs to be improved? Great - me, too. But a plan that raises your property taxes and weakens coverage for the most vulnerable members of your community is no improvement. I have walked in your shoes. And I'm going to make sure the next generation doesn't have to walk in mine.

Steve

Posted on May 25, 2017.