Separating for Health Care


(WBIR)  Linda Drain said the day she said “I do” was the best day of her life.

“I believe that my marriage is about commitment and love and support. It’s been a very important thing to me,” she said.

Her husband Larry said he planned on being with Linda forever. He promised to be by her side through sickness, health, and her constant battle with epilepsy.

“We have been at points and times where a good day was 10-15 grand mal seizures,” Larry Drain said. “I’ve seen her go through brain surgery. We’ve been through a lot.”

The Maryville, Tennessee couple said governmental policies have forced them to separate after 33 years of marriage. They are among 162,000 Tennesseans who got caught in an insurance coverage gap after the Affordable Care Act went into effect and Governor Bill Haslam decided not to expand Medicaid.

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