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#ThrowbackThursday: Remember when health insurance companies could take away coverage because you got sick?

In 2009, a 17-year-old girl lost her health insurance after she was diagnosed with celiac disease, leaving her family near financial ruin. Before Obamacare, health insurance companies could rescind a person's policy simply because they discovered they had a medical condition—the time when people need access to health care most.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Brianna Rice had health insurance in February 2009 when she was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that is largely managed by maintaining a gluten-free diet. In May, the insurance company not only canceled her plan, but it rescinded her coverage going back to November of 2008. Brianna and her family were hit suddenly with thousands in medical bills.

The family's situation shows just how quickly health insurance problems can lead to financial ruin. With their daughter's unpaid medical bills exceeding $20,000 and mounting, the Rices fear losing their home. Pat Rice said she cashed in some of her retirement account to pay bills.

"The next step is really bankruptcy," her husband said.

Share Brianna's story and get out the word that Obamacare is already helping millions by preventing health insurance companies from discriminating against Americans with pre-existing conditions or dropping your coverage just because you got sick.

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