President Obama mentions Poland girl in speech about Affordable - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

President Obama mentions Poland girl in speech about Affordable Care Act

Posted: Updated:

POLAND, Ohio - "When they said they e-mailed the President, I said you did what?," said Ron Russo of Poland.

While it may have seemed like a long shot, getting a response from the President, Justine Ula and her mom, Joann Russo of Poland, were fine knowing they probably wouldn't hear back.  After all, he is the most powerful man in the world.

"We wrote our little letters just to thank Obama because we kept seeing this commercial bashing Obamacare," said Joann Russo of Poland.

Turns out, the President did receive it and he did respond.

"Justine Ula is battling cancer for the second time," said President Barack Obama.

"Just hearing it actually come out of the President's mouth was just one of those things where it was like, I feel like I toned everything else out," said Justine Ula of Poland.

Justine learned in September she had Ewing Sarcoma for a second time.  It's a cancer doctors discovered in her bones. She's been able to remain on her parents insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, which extends the age of coverage to 26.

"Her mom, Joann, emailed me from Cleveland University Hospital where Justine is undergoing treatment.  She told me she stopped by the pharmacy to pick up Justine's medicine.  If Justine were uninsured, it would have cost her $4,500," said President Obama.

Through insurance, though, she pays $25. Now, that's just for one medication.  Justine takes as many as 15 a day, in addition to her treatments.

"It may not work for everybody.  I understand that," said Ula.  "But, it has helped our family so much."

And just like the speech, knowing that puts a smile on her face.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • 1 of 2 Ohio plane crash victims not yet identified

    1 of 2 Ohio plane crash victims not yet identified

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:48:43 GMT
    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio are still trying to identify one of two people killed in a weekend plane crash. One of the victims in the crash near Findlay was the CEO of an Ohio manufacturing company. A coroner was trying to identify the remains of a woman killed in the crash, but the Hancock County Sheriff's Office says DNA testing may be needed. Deputies say Ralf Bronnenmeier, CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the single-engine plane that crashed early Sund...More >>
    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio are still trying to identify one of two people killed in a weekend plane crash. One of the victims in the crash near Findlay was the CEO of an Ohio manufacturing company. A coroner was trying to identify the remains of a woman killed in the crash, but the Hancock County Sheriff's Office says DNA testing may be needed. Deputies say Ralf Bronnenmeier, CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the single-engine plane that crashed early Sund...More >>
  • TSA finds gun, ammo in Pittsburgh airport carry-on

    TSA finds gun, ammo in Pittsburgh airport carry-on

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:35:49 GMT
    IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration says it found a pistol and ammunition in man's carry-on bag as he passed through security at Pittsburgh International Airport. TSA official tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the man wasn't allowed take the gun past security, and faces up to a $11,000 civil penalty for bringing the weapon to the checkpoint. But Allegheny County police say they don't plan to charge the man with a crime because he had a license to carry the ....More >>
    IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration says it found a pistol and ammunition in man's carry-on bag as he passed through security at Pittsburgh International Airport. TSA official tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the man wasn't allowed take the gun past security, and faces up to a $11,000 civil penalty for bringing the weapon to the checkpoint. But Allegheny County police say they don't plan to charge the man with a crime because he had a license to carry the ....More >>
  • 5 Pa. reps ask NCAA to halt Penn State sanctions

    5 Pa. reps ask NCAA to halt Penn State sanctions

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:29:22 GMT
    Five Pennsylvania congressmen are asking college sports' governing body to cancel penalties against Penn State imposed as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.More >>
    Five Pennsylvania congressmen are asking college sports' governing body to cancel penalties against Penn State imposed as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms