San Diegans want pre-existing conditions protected

Posted at 6:22 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 22:30:43-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - "Protect pre-existing conditions." That is the powerful message San Diegans have for politicians on Capitol Hill.

Life couldn't be better for Linda Evans.

"I do workout, I'm very active with my grandchildren and I still work," she said. 

And now she's healthy and a survivor. "Hello, my pre-existing condition is breast cancer," she said as she read her shirt. 

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Evans was diagnosed at 50-years-old after a routine mammogram.

"Mine was ductal carcinoma in situ. It's an extremely aggressive form but one of the most curable cancers," said Evans.

She's now going 16 years without it but relies on Medicare for check-ups with her oncologist. I'm just as much at risk as anybody else.

Today, she joined dozens of others with pre-existing conditions in the North County. They helped bring awareness to the impact a new healthcare bill could have on their lives.

"What do we do? We tell them to just go and die?"

Under the house republican healthcare plan, states would tap into a federally funded high-risk pool to help cover people with pre-existing conditions.

Critics said insurers could potentially increase rates and offer plans that don't cover needed treatments.

Evans said she cannot afford her medical bills without state help.

"In the long run, I may be homeless," said Evans.

She's hoping voices like hers get the ears of the politicians making this decision.

"Just to get rid of Obamacare, the A.C.A., what good is that doing? Let's fix what's right and fix what's wrong," she said.

The house is expected to vote tomorrow on the new healthcare bill.