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because in January of this year the company she worked for downsized and eliminated her job. By law, most employers with group medical plans have to continue coverage for at least 18 months. Ingram does not qualify for medicare.

The House on Saturday narrowly passed the legislation 220-215. The bill now goes on to the Senate for debate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Ingram from Long Grove, Iowa is celebrating her 63rd birthday and also a big step for the new health care bill.

"I'm thankful for the birthday gift I received yesterday they passed that through the House. It was wonderful," said Ingram.

Ingram is a breast cancer survivor but months ago found out cancer is back, this time in her bones and liver. But Ingram says cancer does not scare her.

"I'm fighting it again and I'll win again," she said.

She is, however, afraid of what could happen in July when the temporary insurance offered by her former employer is due to expire.

"That is frightening. I will be unable to even buy insurance because I have a pre-existing condition and they can deny me,"

Not if the new health care plan passes. In it, insurance companies cannot refuse coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions or charge higher premiums based on medical history.

"I think it works and it will bring down the deficit because we are spending millions and millions for health care that we shouldn't have to," added Ingram.

Both she and her husband say if it passes it will bring piece of mind especially when it comes to their medical bills. But if not, they fear their livelihood may be in jeopardy because expenses will continue to rise.

"We don't have a limitless amount of resources. We have what most people would have, a small nest egg and a home we are still purchasing," said Jim Ingram.

"I feel that is just immoral, it's wrong and we have to get this changed for all of us, not just me," added his wife.

Ingram is on temporary insurance