THE ACA may save my life. Prior to its existence I was afraid to be tested for BRCA (the breast cancer gene) even though I suspected I would be positive. I knew that a positive result would create a greater than ever need for for me to have health insurance while at the same time dramatically reducing the chance that I would be able to get it. Insurance companies would have seen me as high risk for breast cancer and, therefore, a threat to the profits of their executives and stockholders. That kind of thing happened legally everyday when insurance companies could exclude someone in my circumstances with so-called pre-existing conditions. When the ACA took effect, I was tested---and I tested positive for the gene. That's bad news, of course, but I now have added screening that would identify a cancer at the earliest point, increasing my chances for survival. Given my circumstances, that's as good as it can be.