Barack Obama
Obama standing with his arms folded and smiling
44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Personal details
Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)

Cancer Patient Needs Help With New Health Care Insurance & Marketplace

Dear President Obama,

Until the new healthcare reform I have not had health care insurance at all for quite a few years. I was very excited when we were able to once again get health insurance. It felt so good to finally know that if my husband or myself became ill that we would be able to get treatment.

On May 5, 2014 we got the bad news that I had Stage 4 Lung Cancer with metastasis to my liver. I am not, nor have I been a smoker, so this was a total shock. I was advised to quit my job of 28+ years and to prepare for a long bout of chemotherapy in the upcoming battle with cancer.

Since getting this devastating diagnosis we have found that there is something worse that cancer and that is getting treatment covered under the insurance plan that we have been paying for each month. We signed up with Florida Blue HMO in the first wave of insurance sign ups.

Each day is a fight to get the coverage that we were promised-the coverage we paid for. With my job loss we also lost half of our income which put us in a much lower insurance bracket. My husband has spent hours and hours on the phone and each time is given a case number and assurances that all is set to right. But this is never over as they never follow through to complete the paperwork correctly. As a result my insurance coverage is still unsettled.

In addition to speaking to the insurance marketplace and the insurance company we have filed formal complaints with the Florida insurance commission.

This is my last step before resorting to a media event against the insurance marketplace and insurance company in order to get my rightful coverage.

I am hopeful that by appealing to you that you can step in and help us to get what we were promised. Fighting cancer is a terrible thing for a family to deal with and having to fight the insurance company makes it nearly impossible to do. I appeal to your sense of right to help us to get this resolved.


Roxanne Sahlin
Doug Sahlin
Venice, Florida

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Michelle G.

This is just one family's plea... multiply this by hundreds of thousands and it is as if the healthcare reform act never existed along with the promise(s) of affordable healthcare for all in need! Sincerely, Michelle Gross