I have osteoarthritis (OA) in my hands ~ not really that big of a deal compared to some pre~existing conditions . . . but I am a Physical Therapist . . . My hands are my work, my job security, the way I make a living!
Not long ago, I had pain when I do manual therapy on my patients, when I typed on the computer and when I prepared healthy meals for my family. My OA created a bone spur that punctured my joint capsule . . . I had surgery on May 9th 2017 to fuse my DIP joint of my left index finger so that I can continue working . . . did I mention I am only 47 years old!
Having OA does not only affect me personally. It also affects my family and my patients. I cannot continue to help others remain functional, productive members of society if I cannot perform the manual therapy they need. I have personal and professional experience with the ACA and while it can always be improved, it will clearly be destroyed with repeal.
If I ever need surgery on other parts of my hand will it be covered?
Will I be able to afford it?
Will I be able to keep working ~ helping others regain and maintain their healthy, active lifestyle?
Constitutionally speaking it is impossible to have life, liberty and the ability to pursue happiness if you are sick, disabled or dying! For this reason I would like to see a bipartisan Congressional effort to improve the ACA. PLEASE DO NOT REPEAL IT!