Andrea, Troy NY

My name is Andrea. I’m 65 and I live in Troy, NY. I had health insurance through the state until I left in 2000. As a small business owner, I didn’t have insurance for 13 years until the Affordable Care Act. But I still had a high deductible and unaffordable co-pays, and delayed regular care as a result. I wasn’t able to afford a physical, mammogram or pap smear for many years. Now, since I turned 65, I have Medicare. I was just lucky that I didn’t have any serious illnesses before I was eligible for Medicare, or I wouldn’t have been able to afford treatment. We need single-payer for everyone in New York State. Every other developed country has some form of public health insurance – they see it as a right. We should too.