“12 years ago I was unable to obtain health insurance because of a ‘pre-existing condition.’ A condition that didn’t cause me any health problems, had never left me hospitalized and didn’t require medication – but I was still refused health insurance. I was in between jobs and not yet married, so I didn’t really have too many options. This was the norm for so many people in our country. And for anyone who wasn’t able to obtain coverage through their employer. When the ACA removed pre-existing conditions, it leveled the playing field and made finding affordable health insurance easier for many. Health insurance should be a basic human right, not just a privilege for the healthy or wealthy.”