Letters to the editor for Thursday, April 3, 2014

ACA a big help for those who lacked insurance

With only a few days left to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, I thought I would share my story. I was diagnosed with a common ulcer disease in my stomach. This disease kept me from serving in the Army and left me with no plans for the future. Doctors told me I would have this disease my entire life. As I enrolled in college and aspired to be a small business owner, I found myself without health insurance; denied basic coverage because of my disease liability.

A large hospital in San Francisco, as I finished my degree, was the only place that would see me. I kept my visits to a minimum, feeling like a burden to the health system just because I had a disease with an unknown origin. In waiting to join the military, I didn’t seek insurance out on my own. When I returned home to Northern Nevada, my lack of insurance kept me from receiving the care I needed. It took the ACA to turn that around and controlling my disease has never been easier. I am no longer denied coverage, I am able to visit the GI doctor, make appointments with the nutritionist and eventually receive the care I need to start a family. By seeing specialists, I am now able to control my disease through diet and no longer have to take 12-16 pills daily to control flare-ups.

This is all possible through Obamacare and I would be lost without it.

Stallar Lufrano-Jardine

Carson City

Candidate is smart to bypass vetting group

Regarding “Assembly Candidate Block Blasts Committee Vetting,” I totally agree with Assembly candidate Jed Blcok versus Republican Vetting Committee where the secret committee wants to choose the candidates. I have never heard of such a ridiculous unfair idea since Harry Reid’s “caucus” farce.

Jed Block is a very bright young man and we are lucky to have him run. Please, “Vetting Committee,” forget it.

Val Jensen

Carson City


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