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"I was getting ready to drive our family to church. I suddenly had this shooting pain in my back"

We hear a lot of talk these days on health care reform, but it’s important to consider the hundreds of millions of Americans who currently receive quality care thanks to their health plans. I am one of these Americans, and I think my story represents the peace of mind — in otherwise traumatic situations — that quality coverage can provide Arizonans.

On one Sunday morning in 2016, I was getting ready to drive our family to church. I suddenly had this shooting pain in my back, and it felt like someone was squeezing my chest. I couldn’t breathe, and I thought I was having a heart attack.

We immediately went to the hospital and, after a battery of tests, the doctors determined I would need surgery to remove my gall bladder. Fortunately, the procedure went smoothly, and thanks to my health plan I paid next to nothing. Without my health plan, this health emergency would have been a major financial challenge for our family. Total costs would have exceeded $36,000. With our health coverage, we only owed $80.

As policymakers look for ways to improve the health care system, it’s important they not disrupt coverage for those of us who are happy with our health plan. Families like mine.