Brent Brown introduced President Obama at an event in Milwaukee yesterday. He told the crowd about a letter he sent to President Obama, something he never would’ve imagined he’d be doing. Brent is a Republican voter who has admittedly said terrible things about the president in the past. But, Brent said that all changed when he became gravely ill and the Affordable Care Act saved his life. He sent a crushingly honest letter to President Obama, apologizing for his brash opposition to the president and the Affordable Care Act.
Watch Brent Brown deliver his story to a Wisconsin audience. It’s more proof that no matter your political affiliation, we simply can’t go back to a world where insurance is denied to those with pre-existing conditions.
Here is the full text of Brent Brown’s letter:
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