Seven years ago this month, we brought my baby son Isaac home from the hospital for the first time -- at the age of 13 months.
Before turning one, he spent 11 months in the intensive care unit and underwent 14 major surgeries to address a congenital defect called esophageal atresia -- then, right before he came home in 2009, we learned that he was close to reaching the lifetime cap our health insurance company had set. They were going to end his coverage before he could even walk.
It was almost unfathomable to me, but then it actually happened. That February, his medical supplies didn't arrive, and we were told our one-year-old was no longer covered. Luckily, we were able to get him insurance again under Medicaid, but that didn't cover the procedures Isaac still needed from specialists outside of our state.
Obamacare was signed into law shortly thereafter -- and it has saved his life. Isaac is now eight years old and has been through 22 surgeries -- he's a sweet, strong little boy who brings more joy to all who know him than I can say. He is truly an incredible kid.
Right now, millions of Americans like Isaac are benefiting from Obamacare. That kind of progress is worth protecting, but it's up to all of us to keep fighting for this law.
Thanks to Obamacare, lifetime limits on most beneficiaries are prohibited. The provisions of the law also made it possible for kids like Isaac to get the care they need from specialists across the country. Let me tell you, the freedom to choose his doctors has been crucial to ensuring that he gets the best quality care -- without Obamacare, his options would have been more limited.
While Isaac's condition is rare, I know we're not the only family experiencing the life-changing benefits of Obamacare. This law has saved lives. It's helped families like ours sleep more peacefully, knowing we have quality, affordable insurance when we need it. That's why it's so important that we keep fighting for this law and the protections it guarantees.
Our experiences and our voices -- yours and mine -- need to be represented in this conversation. We have to keep speaking out about the positive impact Obamacare has had on the lives of so many people in our own communities, and why it shouldn't be repealed. We have to keep pushing to protect and build on the progress we've made -- we can't afford to give up.
Isaac, and the millions of Americans who are now able to get coverage, need us to be as strong as ever in this fight.
Speak up now -- add your support for protecting Obamacare today.
P.S. This is Isaac -- Obamacare has saved his life.
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