Cancer Survivor Makes Compelling Case to Paul Ryan Against ‘Repeal & Replace’ Approach to Obamacare

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During Paul Ryan’s Town Hall on Thursday, a cancer survivor explained his journey from anti-Obamacare to Obamacare supporter, all the while condemning the ‘repeal and replace’ approach to President Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Jeff Jeans, a man who was given 6 weeks to live after being diagnosed with a curable cancer, told Paul Ryan during his CNN town hall event just how instrumental the Affordable Care Act was in saving his life. Jeans was told that he needed health insurance in order to receive treatment.

“Because of the Affordable Care Act, I’m standing here today,” he explained.

Jeans highlighted an issue that effects many Americans — that, as a small business owner, he doesn’t get health insurance through an employer like others do.

“I rely on the Affordable Care Act to be able to purchase my own insurance,” he said, adding that with his pre-existing condition, he would’ve been unlikely to secure healthcare coverage pre-Obamacare.

“I want to thank President Obama from the bottom of my heart because I’d be dead if it weren’t for him.”

In response, a seemingly caught off-guard Ryan told Jeans that Republicans intend to replace Obamacare with “something better,” without providing any details as to what something actually means.

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