Healthcare debate is personal for Colorado teenager

Cancer survivor examines health care debate
Posted at 4:40 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 09:38:26-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- For Amy Fink, 19, the health care debate brewing in Washington, D.C., right now is very personal. She’s a cancer survivor, working this summer at her local pool.

“It's hard to do certain things because I've had a lot of damage to my lungs and my leg muscles," Fink said. 

The Colorado Springs resident was diagnosed two years ago and is now alive thanks to aggressive yet expensive treatment.

"My stem cell transplant alone was $750,000. Just the transplant. That's not like, the stay after, that's not the chemo."

She was diagnosed after getting mandatory coverage under Obamacare and is now on Medicaid.

“I would not be alive if it wasn't for Obamacare."

As yet another plan makes its way around Congress, Fink hopes stories like hers will help drive the decision-making.

"Just because you weren't born into a rich family, or you don't make enough money to pay for your treatment, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't get it."

"Cancer doesn't pick and choose, it just goes where it goes."


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