Health reform has given many Americans the freedom to pursue their dreams -- and Keith C. is one of them.
Keith is a recently retired concert violinist from Louisville, Kentucky. In 1997, he started a program in West Louisville -- the West Louisville Talent Education Center -- to help make a positive impact in the lives of kids who have experienced violence and tragedy, or who have had problems in school. Children start in the program at as early as four years old, and stay until they graduate from high school. The work was incredibly rewarding for Keith, but he couldn't expand the program to reach even more children for a simple reason: He was locked into his job because of the health care it provided him.
Health reform, as he wrote the President this past February, changed all of that for him: "The Affordable Care Act enabled me to resign and devote my full efforts to what I believe is a much more important calling." Keith signed up for his new affordable care last November, and found the process "surprisingly easy."
Keith attributes health reform to his ability to help even more students whose lives have been touched by violence. He closed by saying this: "It seems we only hear about our story and others like it when you give a speech; if these stories do find their way into print, they are dismissed as just more 'liberal media.' But the 100 percent success rate we have, and the lives of each and every student are real."