President Barack Obama waves as he arrives on U.S. Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, to meet with House and Senate Democratic leaders. Walking with him is Rep. Federica Wilson, D-Fla., Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-NY., Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. Obama is at the Capitol to give congressional Democrats advice on how to combat the Republican drive to dismantle his health care overhaul. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) 

Pablo Martinez Monsivais

I'm a 27-year old woman, and a recently barred attorney, who also had the misfortune of having two "mini strokes" (TIAs) — one when I was a 19-year-old freshman at Duke University, and another at 23 during my first semester of law school at Tulane.

Despite numerous tests, doctors could find no condition causing these problems. In many respects, I was lucky. I recovered well, I currently need no medications, I only suffer from memory problems, and was covered under my parents' insurance while recovering from these episodes.

However, that ended when I turned 26. A recent graduate with mountains of student debt and a pre-existing condition, the Affordable Care Act was a godsend. Although I've been employed since I was 15 years old, currently working 50-60 hours each week, there would have been simply no way to afford the health insurance I desperately needed without government subsidies. Now Congress and the president-elect intend to repeal the ACA without another plan in place to protect people like me along with other individuals and families who do the best they can but still need support. I can't do anything with a promise some new plan will protect my interests. I need to see a plan presented to the people before a hasty vote to repeal occurs. 

Thea T. Crane


New Orleans