5 Minutes With the President: Unemployed and Living Without Health Insurance

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Her question to President Obama is simple:

“I would ask him what he plans to do to extend Medicade?” White said.

It’s not too much to ask.

According to the White House, the new health care law builds on what works in the nation’s health care system. More than 17.6 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage.

In the past, insurance companies could take advantage of Americans, the White House says.

“They could deny coverage to children who had asthma or were born with a heart defect, put a lifetime cap on the amount of care they would pay for, or cancel your coverage when you got sick just by finding an accidental mistake in your paperwork,” according to the White House website. “The Affordable Care Act creates a new Patient’s Bill of Rights protects Americans from these and other abusive practices.”

White, who lives in Houston, Texas, said there are several government-operated community health clinics in her area, but she said treatment is complicated by paperwork and health-care forms. It just hasn’t worked out, she explained.

“For single mothers like me who are sick,” White said, “we need health care insurance to keep our jobs and take care of our children.”

(Photo: AP)

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