Brett-Marco Glauser, 20, is a dance student at New York City’s Pace University.
Pursuing a career in performance art, such as dance, means a healthy body is an absolute must for Glauser in order to bring his A-game for each and every performance.
However, when Glauser was diagnosed four years ago with Crohn’s disease—an inflammatory bowel disease—he did not allow the diagnosis to derail his career goals of becoming a successful professional dancer.
With treatment and medication, he is able to maintain the healthy, fit body needed for all of his dance courses at Pace as well as performances in and around New York City.
This afternoon, Glauser joined his fellow Pace dancers and health care navigators as well as former Super Bowl player Donte Stallworth in Central Park for a performance that has special meaning to this young American.
So why were Broadway-hopeful dancers, Obamacare navigators, and a former Super Bowl player all dancing in a park on frigid January afternoon?
Generation Progress’ #RockEnroll flashmob to Macklemore’s and Ryan Lewis’ hit “Can’t Hold Us.”
#RockEnroll has united dancers, Super Bowl fans, and Obamacare experts with the common goal of encouraging people to tell their friends to sign up for healthcare coverage and let them know about the new benefits and financial assistance available through the Affordable Care Act.
Glauser has benefited in more than one way from the president’s healthcare law by guaranteed coverage despite his pre-existing condition and the ability to remain on his parents’ health insurance until he turns 26.
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“As I approach my 26th birthday, when I no longer will be able to stay on my parents’ plan, I realize that I could be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition before Obamacare was passed,” Glauser said. “Though I’m only now entering an age where I would have been precluded from my parents’ plan, the demanding upkeep of Crohn’s treatment is pretty undesirable to health care companies; I would have been out of luck with my expensive pre-existing condition.”
And he’s not the only one in his family who is thankful for Obamacare.
Glauser’s older brother, Stephen, was diagnosed last year with severe ulcerative colitis, which was accompanied by expensive treatments and tests. And his brother was left with no option but to have a major surgery and expensive medical bills that were fortunately covered.
“My brother and I are extremely grateful for the added protections under Obamacare we experience today,” Glauser said. “Without them, we could be living in extreme debt.”
Because of the protections and coverage Obamacare has provided both Glauser and his brother, it’s evident why he wanted to bring his A-game for today’s #RockEnroll flashmob and encourage others to enroll in a health insurance plan.
“When athleticism and physical fitness is quite literally what I will do for work, any injury is a setback. If that injury goes untreated for any amount of time, however, the result could delay or even eliminate the possibility of complete recovery and return to the industry,” Glauser said. “Health care for dancers, just as for other athletes, is simply a must for the work we do.”