Cancer Survivor Tells Paul Ryan: ‘I’d Be Dead’ Without Obamacare [Video]


A bold cancer survivor challenged House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on his efforts to repeal Obamacare at a CNN Town Hall on Thursday night.

“Because of the Affordable Care Act, I’m standing here today,” Jeff Jeans told Ryan at the CNN town hall event in Washington.

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Jeans first identified himself as a longtime Republican who had worked on campaigns for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and had originally opposed the law. However, that changed when he was diagnosed with cancer at age 49, and given six weeks to live, putting him in a position where he needed health insurance to get treatment.

As a small business owner, Jeans is not able to get health insurance through work like many people do.

“I rely on the Affordable Care Act to be able to purchase my own insurance…….I want to thank President Obama from the bottom of my heart because I’d be dead if it weren’t for him,” he told Ryan.

Ryan then told Jeans that Republicans intend to replace the Affordable Care Act, which he referred to a a “death spiral”― “with something better,”. 

However, the GOP has still not let the public know exactly what they are preparing to replace Obamacare with.