Sara Dalcher owns a small business in Johnson City and when watching her from afar you would never know that she once had leukemia. She paid for her treatment out of pocket. Dalcher had no insurance before she was sick, and couldn't get it once she got better.
"And now of course no insurer will touch me. Now I have a pre-existing condition," says Dalcher.
With the new health reform being upheld, which means pre-existing conditions would be covered, Dalcher says she wants nothing to do with it. "I fail to understand how we can be required to do anything we don't want to. I'm not throwing myself on the mercy of Medicaid or welfare to pay my bills. I pay my bills!"
Dalcher continued to tell us that she would still adhere to the law, but she wont like it.
In two years, when patients come to the hospital without insurance, they'll be fined. But will the doctors even see them without it? Bart Hove, President and CEO of Bristol Regional Medical Center said absolutely! "We are still obligated to treat patients who show up for treatments at our facilities."
Dalcher doesn't doubt that they will see her, but she says that she's not so sure that insurance companies will fight to add her to their rolls. "I don't entirely believe I have to be picked up by an insurer. I think insurance companies will go right on doing what is good, efficient business practice for them. And that is not taking on people who are dead weight. I'm dead weight."
Dalcher also tells us that she is going to think long and hard on this matter. She said that she will adhere to the law and try to get insurance. But she says she is considering moving out of the country that she says is taking away her rights.
Dalcher owns Coffee and Tea Haven in Johnson City. She says this is also a strike against her business growing larger.
"As a small business owner I'd like to see a growth going on where I could potentially hire other people and I absolutely can't afford to do that now," said Dalcher.