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Have a pre-existing condition? Senate health care bill's not for you

Have a pre-existing condition? Senate health care bill's not for you

I've been spending a lot of time these past years in hospital lobbies, infusion rooms, scanning stations and oncology exam rooms. Like countless others diagnosed each year with cancer in America, I was well one day and in the land of the mortally sick the next.

Fortunately for me, I entered the disease's demanding treadmill — surgery, chemotherapy and radiation — with a devoted husband, fierce family and friends and good medical care. But my cancer went metastatic anyway in June 2015. At age 59, I was declared terminal and given "six months to a year" to live. I'm still here today because I'm one of the lucky ones to respond, at least partially, to immunotherapy — a...

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