The Faces of Health Care: Christopher C.

What has health reform meant to this country? That's a question that millions of Americans answer every day. Christopher is one of them. Read more of their stories here.


"I am writing to thank you, I believe, for my life."


Last September, Christopher C. from Batesville, Arkansas was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

Before the Affordable Care Act, Christopher, who worked for a small business, had no health insurance coverage. Fortunately, because of the protections provided by the ACA, he was able to obtain insurance that kept him out of financial ruin. Since the beginning of 2015, he has been on Medicaid, which has provided him quality coverage as he continued his treatment.

"If I had not had the insurance coverage, there is no way I could have afforded the many weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatments, the doctor's visits, or the many, many lab and other tests," he wrote in a letter to the President.

In March, Christopher had a PET scan and learned that he was clear of cancer. "There is no guarantee the cancer will not come back," he added, "but for now I am alive and recovering. I believe I owe your hard work for my successful battle with cancer."

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