Kerry Enger of Madison said he would never have been able to get his cancer under control if not for Obama's policies on health care.
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MADISON, WISC. -- Some 18,000 people filled the center of downtown Madison on Monday to listen to President Obama on the eve of a deadlocked election.
Though Madison leans hard left, there was mixed response to the president's presence in the swing state capital.
One irritated woman poked at a reporter's notebook after leaving Obama's remarks, apparently disappointed.
"Not one word about climate change!" she said and stormed off.
To Kerry Enger, seeing Obama in person meant something deeply personal to the 33 year old.
"His Affordable Care Act saved my life," said Enger, who said he has endured two bone marrow transplants and 26 months of chemotherapy. "I couldn't even walk a few months ago."
Enger, who has Multiple Myeloma, said he lost his job because of his severe health issues and was soon paying $873 a month for health care. He said he lost his house, lost his 401 (k) and his life savings to pay his medical costs.
He said the health care act allowed him to get insurance regardless of his having a preexisting condition.
Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans have blasted so-called "Obamacare," vowed to repeal it and said that the president carelessly drove up the deficit because he was more concerned with his legacy than with boosting the economy.
William Schuth, a vet, said he won't vote for Obama because of his drone strikes. Schuth will cast a vote for the Green Party.
Some carried some frustration with Obama for not visiting Madison when it was in the midst of an acrimonious union battle versus the governor, something that eventually led to a bitter recall election that Gov. Scott Walker survived.
"I know he wants us to have his back. He didn't have ours," said William Schuth, 30. "He was silent on it."
Schuth and his wife, Joanna, both 30, said they do back some of Obama's plans.
"I'm voting defensively because Mitt Romney as president could be devastation for me and my family."