A lifelong Republican admits he was “so very very wrong” in his opposition to Obamacare and thanked President Obama for passing the Affordable Care Act.
Brent Brown, a lifelong Republican from Mosinee, Wisconsin, has never voted for President Obama and vehemently opposed the Affordable Care Act while Congress was debating its passage in 2010. Brent, who has a pre-existing condition, had never been able to have access to health insurance until the Affordable Care Act was passed. In a June 2015 open letter, Brown credited Obama with the life-saving treatment he received as a result of the health insurance he obtained through Healthcare.gov.
The White House published the letter today, with President Obama using the opportunity to also congratulate Milwaukee for 89,000 new health insurance sign-ups in 2016 today.
Read the full letter below:
To My President,
I sincerely hope that this reaches you, as far too often praise is hard to come by. Apologies to people who deserve it perhaps even less so.
I did not vote for you. Either time. I have voted Republican for the entirety of my life.
I proudly wore pins and planted banners displaying my Republican loyalty. I was very vocal in my opposition to you–particularly the ACA.
Before I briefly explain my story allow me to first say this: I am so very sorry. I understand written content cannot convey emotions very well–but my level of conviction has me in tears as I write this. I was so very wrong. So very very wrong.
You saved my life. I want that to sink into your ears and mind. My President, you saved my life, and I am eternally grateful.
I have a ‘pre-existing condition’ and so could never purchase health insurance. Only after the ACA came into being could I be covered. Put simply to not take up too much of your time if you are in fact taking the time to read this: I would not be alive without access to care I received due to your law.
So thank you from a dumb young man who thought he knew it all and who said things about you that he now regrets. Thank you for serving me even when I didn’t vote for you.
Thank you for being my President.
Honored to have lived under your leadership and guidance,
Brent Nathan Brown