Mike Fielder was laid off from the steel plant in Granite City back in March. Since he'd worked there less than three years, he lost his health insurance almost immediately.
His wife JoAnn stays at home raising two little ones. Thanks to Illinois law, their children are insured, but thanks to a down economy, Mike and JoAnn are not. They said COBRA was way to expensive so they are doing without until Mike gets called back to work. He doesn't know when that will be.
I sat with them in their living room as they watched President Obama's address to Congress and the nation the best they could. With a three-year old and nine-month old their hands were kind of full.
They liked what they heard from the President but they'd heard most of it before. Until lawmakers come together on some bipartisan solution they say to them it's all just words.
They hope something can be worked out soon. As Mike told me, "Health care is more concerning to me than money."