Staunton, Va. (WHSV) Recently on Capitol Hill, Sen. Tim Kaine (D) connected a face with an issue he says the Affordable Care Act fixes.
"Ashleigh was born with a number of very serious health conditions, AV canal malformations," said Sen. Kaine.
"Then I also have a lung condition called Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) which is where you basically have no filters in your lungs in your nose," said Ashleigh Campbell, who lives with pre-existing medical conditions.
Starting on January 1, 2014, under the Affordable Care Act, people like Campbell won't be charged more because of their pre-existing conditions.
The Freshman at Old Dominion University said insurance has helped to keep her alive.
"If my parents didn't have insurance when I was a child, I wouldn't be here now," said Campbell.
She takes several types of medications once per day, some twice a day.
She has a scar on her chest as a reminder of her medical condition.
The criminal justice major wants the fighting to stop in Washington.
"Stop pointing fingers, saying 'oh well you are a Democrat, you are a Republican, you want this you want that.' Just focus on what the people in this country need," said Campbell.
"It's difficult when you've got a child that's ill, it's even more difficult when you've got to worry about how you're going to pay," said Leigh Allison Byrd, who is Ashleigh Campbell's mother.
Campbell said she does not affiliate with any political party.
Under the Affordable Care Act, Campbell can stay on her parents insurance until she reaches the age of 26.
Her mother is worried about what will happen to her afterwards, because health insurance can be expensive.
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