Dear Governor Haslam:
This is my 26th letter to you.
I know you dont know what it is like to live without healthcare. You cant.
Let me share a little. My story, my experience is no where close to the severity of many people But still it might give you the flavor.
I had a full time job but with no health care benefits. I started over the course of several days feeling worse and worse. I was coughing almost non stop. Hurting all over. I felt terrible. But not going to work meant not getting paid and not getting paid meant no rent….I went to work.
Within a few days it was simply too much. I couldnt pay for a doctor (when you cant pay you dont go). I went to the ER. I had been working with pneumonia. They told me if I had sought help earlier it would never have gotten that bad. I told them I couldnt. I dont know if they understood.
Having no insurance means that very treatable illnesses are just as dangerous as others. In Knoxville recently a pastor died from pneumonia. He had insurance and good care and still died tragically.
Like I said many people have far worse stories. No one wants to be a tragedy waiting to happen. No one should have to be.
Governor please expand TennCare. There have been enough tragedies. You can help. Please act.