Quasne, a dressmaker and seamstress who owns Amazing Alterations, began having severe pain in her hands and fatigue in 2014. As a small business owner, she hadn't been able to afford health insurance for several years, but she qualified for a subsidy under the Affordable Care Act.
She shared her story Saturday evening at a vigil held in
Before she got care, Quasne's hands hurt so badly she couldn't chop vegetables or do the work she loved altering wedding and prom dresses. Because she had insurance, she was able to find a doctor, get diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and find a medication that worked for her. She's worried the new Republican plan would leave her without the subsidy she needs to get her insurance.
"I want to be able to continue contributing to society," she said. "I can't do that without healthcare."
Quasne was one of seven
The event was organized by the Hear Our Voices coalition, created by a mix of union and progressive advocacy groups in
Attendees objected to many provisions of the Republican plan, which they derisively referred to as "Trumpcare," and eventually "Trump don't care" over the course of the evening. Some held signs criticizing Rep.
"It seems to me that our elected officials, namely
The Republican-backed bill, which Trump supports, would scrap a mandate requiring most people to buy health insurance, replacing it with a system of tax credits that vary based on age, rather than income. It would cut
As dark fell in the park, people held small plastic candles and pasted photos of loved ones on a memorial wall. The wall, outlined in white lights, shared stories of people who have benefited from healthcare under the Affordable Care Act and people who died from a lack of access to health care.
"I have gotten a chance to reclaim my life. I am a functioning member of our society," she said.
Letellier finished her speech speaking directly to Trump and
"Your support of repealing the Affordable Care Act equivocates to looking me in the eye, shaking my hand and telling me my life doesn't matter," she said.
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