Maine mom stars in TV ad to save Affordable Care Act
Katie Sherman, a small business owner from Buxton, and her daughter Olive are featured in a new television ad airing during the Congressional recess in Maine and other key states. In the ad, Sherman discusses her daughter’s pre-existing condition of hearing loss and the difficulties her family would face if they lost the health insurance they were able to access through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Watch the ad:
In addition to appearing in the commercial, Sherman has also written an op-ed for today’s Bangor Daily News, where she details her daughter’s condition and the importance of stopping the repeal of the ACA.
“Congress wants to rip up the Affordable Care Act without a plan in place yet to replace it. To me, it seems like a mad rush to repeal something that touches so many lives, without considering the consequences for the children like Olive across the country,” writes Sherman. “If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, we’ll lose our health insurance coverage, plain and simple. Olive will lose her speech therapy and her hearing aids, and she won’t be able to hear or learn how to speak. That is unimaginable, heartbreaking and unconscionable.”
The ads are sponsored by the Alliance for Healthcare Security, a coalition of nurses, caregivers, patients and healthcare advocates.
95,000 Mainers would lose health coverage if the ACA is repealed without replacement, and 29% of Mainers under the age of 65 have, like Olive, some form of pre-existing condition.
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