Lufkin health-care worker with no insurance hopes for reform

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jena Johnson - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Johnni Archer takes care of sick people 12 hours a day, four days a week. She's been doing it for 30 years. But for the last two, she's struggled to take care of herself.

"No, no insurance because my husband lost his job and we can't get insurance," Archer said.

Now, she considers herself lower income. Between her chronic back problems and her husband's prostate and skin cancer, affordable insurance seems unreachable.

"You know we always had insurance if we get sick we went to the doctor," Archer said. "Now if you get sick you just hope you make it."

Although Archer works in a doctor's office, with no insurance she can't afford to be treated here. So, like millions of other uninsured Americans her only option is the emergency room or the health district. Her options are very limited.

"I have to work and to be off then I'd be out of a day's work," Archer said. "I mean, I just don't get sick. We can't afford to get sick anymore."

Treating patient after patient, health care is all she can think about.

"I'm worried that it's taking too long," Archer said. "Do something. Yes or no."

Archer says she can't go on much longer without some kind of health-care plan.

"I'm hoping that something gets passed whether we like President Obama's health-care plan it's better than what we have right now," Archer said. "We have nothing."

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