LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Health care experts hosted an information session tonight at the UW-La Crosse, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area, American Association of University Women, AMOS and UW-L Continuing Education and Extension.
Many different stories in the crowd, of about 100, on their insurance experiences.
Susan Hessel, helped other people for many years, never thinking she'd be the one needing it four years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I had to fight for coverage," Hessel said. "I would be on the phone with the insurance company and fighting for it. When you're dealing with a serious medical problem you shouldn't have to be begging for health care it's just inhumane."
UW-La Crosse Junior Mason Schultz is preparing for when he has to find insurance separate from his parents.
"I will be 25 next month so this is coming a little sooner than I has imagined," Schultz said.
Even though insurance is required by law, Schultz can't imagine not having it.
"You have to be ensured for catastrophic things you cannot foresee," Schultz said. "Frankly, if something we to happen to me, there's no way I could afford long term care."
The importance of insurance is why Jay Fernholz used to tell people not to own a small business like him.
"Until the Affordable Care Act, I advised them against it," Fernholz said. "I told them health care premiums would kill them."
Hessel said affordable care is a right we all have.
"We have such a wonderful country it just makes no sense to me that we haven't done this before. This really says a lot about our humanity or lack of it," Hessel said.
Many people at the forum are anxious to find out exactly what they'll be paying for insurance when the market place opens on Tuesday.
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