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POLITICS: President tweets about Columbia attorney's health story

01/28/2014 5:13 PM

01/28/2014 11:50 PM

President Barack Obama tweeted Tuesday about Columbia attorney Ned Longshore's story on the federal Affordable Care Act.

Obama's tweet (see below) came hours before his State of the Union address.

Longshore, who has a pre-existing condition from a childhood surgery, said his monthly premium dropped $297.82 from $1,200 under the new plan. He gave his account on Obama's website .

Navigating the private insurance marketplace was like the Wild West for people like me.

Finally I found a private insurance plan, but I was forced to pay an arm and a leg. For context, my monthly payment for health insurance was higher than my mortgage payment. That didn't seem fair. Accidents happen to everyone. Life throws us curve-balls, and we're all just patients with "pre-existing conditions" waiting to happen.

But that was before the Affordable Care Act and the protections the law put in place. Now Americans with pre-existing conditions can no longer be discriminated against or left to fend for themselves.

...Simply put, it's a life saver for me and my business.

The President's tweet about a Columbia attorney

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