With Trumpcare’s debut just around the corner, lots of Americans are scared that their healthcare costs are gonna go through the roof. A very brave mum from New Jersey has taken up arms against the changes by using her Twitter account to share the hospital bills she pays each month to care for her very ill son. Her story is so powerful that it’s shaking the Internet.
Ali Chandra is a registered nurse by profession. While she was still pregnant with her son, she found out that he would be born with Heterotaxy syndrome, a rare disease that causes vital organs to be arranged abnormally. Little Ethan also has several heart defects. He had his first open heart surgery just 6 days after he was born in July 2014. He has undergone multiple procedures since then, the most recent one in late February 2017. Although most of Chandra’s expenses related to Ethan’s medical needs are covered by her insurance, that could change with the new healthcare plan soon to be implemented by the Trump administration.
The worst law proposed by the new Trump administration is the so called “lifetime cap”. The lifetime cap is a limit on how much money one person can claim through their health insurance plan. Obama administration banned these limits, but they could be back on the table if the GOP moves forward with their current objectives. As soon as the law comes into effect, parents with sick children, like Ethan, will be forced to pay the medical bills out of their own pocket. “A lifetime cap on benefits is the same as saying, “Sorry, you’re not worth keeping alive anymore. You’re just too expensive,”” Chandra wrote on Twitter.
The stream of tweets that the mom posted are going viral, gaining over 52 thousand retweets and over 79 thousand likes. Other parents identified with Chandra’s concerns, and stood in solidarity with her staunch opposition to Trumpcare. Follow her story bellow.
People were quick to respond to her message: