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By Jose Raul Rivera

I want to thank members of Doctors for America for their continued efforts in fighting for my right to be healthy!  I've lived without medical insurance and life is scary without it. I became ill and lived with some strange symptoms that I could not explain and struggled to ignore. Seven years later, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. 

When I was uninsured, I earned just enough that I did not qualify for Medicaid. I could not afford private insurance, but would have benefited from an expanded Medicaid. Treatments for MS existed in 2006; an earlier diagnosis would have allowed any of those treatments to slow the progression of MS. There are still days when touching my daughter’s hair is literally painful and others when I cannot carry her down the stairs. I am grateful that I now have medical insurance through my employer, but I know that there are too many who cannot afford coverage and live in states that have not expanded Medicaid. I do not want any of them to suffer from preventable or treatable conditions. This is why DFA is so important to me and my family.

Today, I can play with my daughter because treatment has slowed the progression of my MS and allowed me to manage the permanent symptoms. Because of the ACA, when I decided to explore different career options, I was not denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition. Because of the ACA, if difficult times hit again, we will have medical insurance since we live in a state that has expanded Medicaid. Because of the ACA, I know that our future is secure.

My wife and I have supported DFA since its beginnings and want to encourage all of you to help further its cause. We have the ACA but there is still much more to do before all Americans have access to quality and affordable health care.  

This is why we are pledging to match the first $1,000 of every dollar donated to DFA today.

Combined with Dr. Murali Sivarajan's offer it brings the total challenge for today to $11,000. If you donate -- before midnight -- your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

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