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The Faces of Health Care: Marjorie F.

"I was quoted $800 a month … and then was promptly denied, due to my pre-existing conditions. When I signed up this month through Covered California however, the process was virtually painless, and now I have insurance that I can afford."

Marjorie F. is a nationally-certified sign language interpreter working on her Master's degree in Linguistics. As an independent contractor and hourly employee for multiple companies, universities, and colleges, she hasn't traditionally been offered health insurance by her employers. On top of that, her minor pre-existing conditions had additionally prevented her from getting affordable, quality health care. 

That all changed this past year, when she applied and enrolled for insurance through her state exchange. She wrote the President in June to say thank you. Here's what she had to say: "I know many people complain about the ACA and do not understand why it is needed. But what people do not understand is that not everyone can afford to get health insurance coverage, even if they are gainfully employed."

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