A struggle between life & death is how Kristen O’Sullivan who is an Athens native described the fight to keep the Affordable Care Act in law.
For a protest of that involvement of the state in a lawsuit which could overturn the Affordable Care Act, On Tuesday O’Sullivan, assembled with a group outside the office of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
The 18-state suit, Texas against the United States which challenges the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, has its first day of arguments Tuesday in front of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
The ruling of a federal judge is being considered by the court in December that deemed the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional.
O’Sullivan stated that Morrisey has no business sticking West Virginia in this lawsuit since he is putting the healthcare of many West Virginians at danger.
She said to MetroNews that Morrisey is determined to do this anyway despite it being risky for us all. She added that if she goes without health insurance, she can die. Anyone can die, she is painfully aware of it because of her own medical conditions & background.
O’Sullivan told her personal story about the struggles of healthcare struggles before the Affordable Care Act came along as part of a mock trial held as part of the protest.
O’Sullivan told the incident of a car accident as a teen. Her left arm remains paralyzed from the crash, over 30 years later, and she in-depth described how tough it was to find healthcare which covered pre-existing conditions at an affordable price after getting off her parent’s healthcare as a teenager.
She termed the coming along of Affordable as a breath of fresh air. She said that the fear & worries she had that her entire life around insurance, was able to be set it aside because of ACA.