Standing with Small Business Owners in Denver, Colorado

Denverites headed to the State Capitol on Tuesday afternoon to stand strong and say #SaveMyCare.

At the event in Denver, we were joined by State Senator Irene Aguilar, AFL-CIO Colorado Executive Director, Sam Gilchrist, small business owners, and beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act.

Howard Paul, a small business owner in Denver, quit his job and followed his dream when the Affordable Care Act was passed. At the event, he shared his story with us.

“When the Affordable Care Act was passed, it allowed me to open my own business. I’m one of the estimated 1.5 million entrepreneurs that came about because they were no longer tied to a job because of health insurance.

As I approached 60, I suffered some medical issues. A few months ago, I found out I have advanced prostate cancer. I started treatment in December with a drug that is $2,500 per dose without insurance. Later this month, I’m starting another drug that is—without insurance—$1,500 a month, every month.

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act means three things for me. One, I’m likely bankrupt. Two, perhaps I’m homeless. Three, ultimately, I’m dead.”

Watch our event in Denver here.