· Healthcare,Medicare,Obamacare

Why Losing Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Will Mean Financial Ruin for My Family

In the space of 14 months, we had

  • two babies delivered, 
  • countless appointments with midwives (including multiple ultrasounds, a visit with a genetic counselor, and more), 
  • two pediatric heart surgeries, 
  • stays in two different Newborn ICUs, 
  • a couple of Pediatric ICU visits, 
  • a night on the general pediatric floor, 
  • and so much more I've already forgotten. 

That's not even considering everything I went through with my (unsuccessful) pregnancy before our son was born. I don't even want to know how much we spent out-of-pocket;

I just paid what I could as I could until they told me I was paid up. I can't bring myself to know what the rest of the total was.

I wouldn't at all be surprised to know the total was close to half a million. (The surgeries alone hit a quarter mill.)

THIS STUFF MATTERS. TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW AND LOVE.

I've already called my rep and senators.

Have you called your folks in Congress yet? No?

Is it because you have healthcare through an employer, so you think the Affordable Care Act doesn't affect you?

That would be incorrect.

The information below are examples of things the ACA fixed for EVERYBODY.

Including you. Including me. Including a very funny 3 year old I know (and gave birth to).

Example: you're born with ... oh, say... Tetralogy of Fallot. A heart condition. Diagnosed when you are three days old.

On the day your mom and dad thought they'd be bringing you home, you get transferred to the Newborn ICU instead. Then you get moved to another Newborn ICU at a different hospital (because you can get on the surgery schedule faster over there.)

You get that surgery, then another on your 1st birthday.

Then when you're 3 you get a stent put in (which, because a 3 year-old is a relatively tiny human, will need to be replaced when you outgrow it.)

Without the Affordable Care Act, the for-profit health insurance companies in the US can say that you are only allowed some arbitrary dollar's worth of healthcare.

Ever.

So... broken bone at 8? Well-kid check at 13? Vaccines before college?

Too bad, you shouldn't have been born with a heart condition. Your fault, loser.

The Affordable Care Act MATTERS.

You can't vote against something on the expectation that it will be replaced later.

Tell me what you're going to replace it with.

Break it down. Give me details. Then we can talk.

DON'T VOTE AGAINST SOMETHING BECAUSE YOU HATE THE GUY WHO MADE IT HAPPEN. THAT DOESN'T AUTOMATICALLY MAKE IT BAD POLICY.

Bad policy is bad policy on its own.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act IS TERRIBLE POLICY.

Call your people. Call your people. Call your people. Call your people. No seriously.

CALL YOUR PEOPLE.

Call your senators (you have 2!): http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Call your representative (you have 1!): http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Phil and Meghan B. live with their two children in Central Virginia.

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