BALTIMORE - The most powerful women's health advocate in the country made a stop in Baltimore today. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Service Kathleen Sebelius came to Charm City to talk about the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it's going to affect the women in this country.
Robyn Martin's son Jax had severe health issues when be was born, and the cost, overwhelming.
"If he, in five months, used up the lifetime limit for him, my family would be in dire straits," says Robyn. "To know that we don't have to worry about that for him is an incredibly big deal and a wonderful thing about the ACA."
Community physician Dr. Sherell Mason sees all the health insurance difficulties first-hand.
"You know we're in place every day serving the community and providing health care and you don't want to hear the stories of the patients who can't come to you because they can't pay the co-pay or because they're in some sort of adversarial relationship with their insurer or they don't frankly want to tell you what is wrong with them," said Dr. Mason.
Alycia Steinberg's 2-year-old daughter Avi, was diagnosed with Lukemia. "I watched my little girl lose her hair. I watched her lose her ability to walk and I worried that we would lose our health insurance," she remembered.
At today's meeting the women were united in one thought. That President Obama is right and that health care is a right and not a privilege.
Secretary Sebelius says "It's like you are the translators. We're talking in a foreign tongue and you are the bridge between what the bill is and what Congress did and how it impacts everyday, average Americans."
The Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010 and will be fully implemented by 2014.
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