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Life-long Republican writes heartfelt letter to Obama: ‘The Affordable Care Act saved my life’

As he was introducing President Obama at a Milwaukee event this week, Brent Brown told the crowd that it was something he’d never imagine doing as a life-long Republican.

But his perspective changed when, according to him, he got sick and the Affordable Care Act saved his life.

In the wake of his experience, he sent a letter to Obama thanking him for providing him health care that wouldn’t deny him due to a pre-existing condition.

Read Brown’s full letter to Obama 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

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