Obama Critic Apologizes Now That She Has Cancer

It’s a hard way to learn a lesson about administration policy, but for one California woman, the experience has literally been lifesaving.

In a letter to the L.A. Times, California mother and artist Spike Dolomite Ward apologized to President Barack Obama, admitting that during his time in office she had gone quickly from supporter to opponent, believing that the president had done nothing to help the country since being elected.

But like many Americans, especially the self-employed, Ward and her family eventually found themselves in a personal budget crunch where they could either pay their mortgage or pay their health insurance premiums, but not both. The choice at the time seemed obvious — keep their home.

Then she found out she had cancer.

Ward was able to use the Obama health care reform laws to get access to affordable insurance without being turned down because of her condition. Without that care, she would have been unable to get insured, as no company would insure a woman in the midst of battling cancer. And without insurance, she would have no option but to pay every cent of her expensive treatment out of pocket until she and her family went bankrupt, or give up on treatment all together.

“If you are fortunate enough to still be employed and have insurance through your employers, you may feel insulated from the sufferings of people like me right now,” Ward wrote. “But things can change abruptly. If you still have a good job with insurance, that doesn’t mean that you’re better than me, more deserving than me or smarter than me. It just means that you are luckier. And access to healthcare shouldn’t depend on luck.”

It took a brush with death to make Ward appreciate the actions that the president has been able to take on behalf of the poor, the sick, and the uninsured. But that’s the way it often is in this country. No one really appreciates the policies that are passed by our politicians until they are directly effected. It’s difficult to convince a thirty year old that social security needs to be protected, or convince an employed worker that someday he or she might just need his or her own unemployment extended.

Every day that we manage to not need the social safety net is a day that we should consider ourselves lucky indeed. There may not have been many victories with this administration, but we can at least value those that have happened, and hopefully before they directly impact us, as well.

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178 comments

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

She didn't care about her neighbor until she became the neighbor. Why oh why do people not realize that we are all in this together? This country was built on mutual caring, and we need it more than ever now.

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joe M.
joe MARTINEZ5 years ago

SeattleAnn: Thank you for recognizing the truth.

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SeattleAnn S.
Ann S5 years ago

The words in this article are so true.

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Silvia G.
Silvia G5 years ago

Really ironic, that's life anyway! Sad though.

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Lori E.
Lori E5 years ago

The irony indeed. Stories like this should make headlines more!!

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Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M5 years ago

Oh the irony. At least she learned her lesson. Love Bruce's comment.

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Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence5 years ago

I am truly sorry that this woman has cancer ...and am sure that being such a hyproctite was bitter for her to swallow ...too bad it took getting ill for her to see the error of her thinking!

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Richard Lares
Richard Lares5 years ago

I had an co-worker that GOP all the way and keep saying this was wrong. But he sure took advantage of the 100k for the second bypass and back surgery. Now every GOP can pay the bill yah right. He is still a friend we don't see eye to eye on a lot of political though.

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Lyn Miller
Lyn Miller6 years ago

It took guts for Ms. Ward to publically admit she was wrong about the healthcare law. I appreciate her honesty and gumption; I hope she goes into remission and stays cancer free for the rest of her life.

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Marg Wood
Marg W6 years ago

Her sign said Health Care is not a right. What rights did she think a person should have? The right to pay or die? She would have lost her house if it weren't for President Obama.

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