I want to tell you about a family in Minnesota.
Justin and Kari live in Brooklyn Park, right outside of
Minneapolis. They're parents to three children.
Their three-year-old, William, was born with a
genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis complex.
For the rest of his life, William will wrestle with
tumors in his brain, his heart, his kidneys, his
skin, and possibly other major organs. He must
take medication to control seizures and faces
the threat of kidney disease.
What Justin and Kari want for William is a future.
And because of health reform, that's what he'll have.
Today, insurance companies are no longer able to
discriminate against William because of the condition
he's dealt with since birth. Now, Justin and Kari know
they'll be able to get the kind of care that William
needs -- today and into the future.
Their story isn't unique, but it's one of many that
need to be told. We all know people whose lives
have been changed because of the Affordable Care
Act, even if we don't realize it. So we've found a way
to show exactly how reform is working for all of
us -- for our parents, our siblings, our kids, ourselves.
Will you take a minute to take our Health
Reform Checkup and let the people you
love know how reform is working for them?
Before the Affordable Care Act, Justin and Kari weren't
sure about the future. They worried that they'd never
be able to find coverage for William again if Justin lost
his job. They worried about the life that William would
lead -- whether he'd ever be able to work or support a family.
Not anymore. William's condition isn't going away,
but he'll always be able to get care. The Affordable
Care Act is one year old today, and it has already
changed William's life -- and this country -- for good.
Today, there are families who feel better about the
future than they did a year ago. They've found some
security, some relief. And these are people we know.
They're our neighbors, our colleagues, our friends,
our families -- the people next to us every day.
On the one-year anniversary of the Affordable
Care Act, I think we have a duty to discuss how
reform is already working.
Watch Justin and Kari tell their story, and
take a moment to learn how health reform
is changing the lives of those you know:
A year ago, I stood next to the President as
he signed health reform into law -- and we
have you to thank for making that possible.