Fears voiced during health care town hall at Chattanooga Public Library

Dr. Danielle Mitchell
photo Jean-Marie Lawrence

Jean-Marie Lawrence says she doesn't want anyone's pity, she just wants to be able work hard and live the American dream.

On Saturday, the 30-year-old emergency management planner - who has lived most of her life with muscular dystrophy, a degenerative muscle disease - shared her story and her worries during a health care town hall conducted by the Alliance for Healthcare Security at the Chattanooga Public Library.

Organizers said they invited U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, who did not attend.

Lawrence and three other panelists spoke with more than 60 people who came to raise concerns over Republicans' intentions to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"I spend every day that this debate continues in fear of what the future holds for me and millions of my brothers and sisters with disabilities," Lawrence said, citing proposed cuts to Medicaid funding.