Mom of a Sick Child Kicked Out of Her Congressman’s Office After Heartbreaking Plea About Healthcare Bill.
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Posted by Call Out News on Saturday, May 13, 2017
Getting Kicked Out of Her Congressman’s Office Voicing Against Repeal Obama Health Care for Her Sick Child
Julie Marie Forbes Anderson said she was removed from the Gaston County, NC office of Rep. Patrick McHenry after his vote to repeal Obamacare.
Americans from all 50 states have reacted with fear and even rage over the new healthcare bill that just passed the House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry was among the 217 House Republicans who voted on May 4 to repeal major parts of Democrat Barack Obama’s health care law.
On the morning of May 5, a North Carolina mom Julie Marie Forbes Anderson made her voice heard. She drove to the local Gaston County office where her local representative is situated. Julie Anderson said she was removed from the Gaston County, NC office of Rep. Patrick McHenry. As she was being escorted by a sheriff’s deputy from the Gaston County administrative building, she began streaming her story. A tearful mom shared her heartbreaking story with millions by streaming a live video through her Facebook Live account while cradling a young girl in her arm.
According to Anderson’s Facebook account, she was told not to “raise her voice” in the Congressman’s his office before a security guard escorted her out. On her video, she says that the guard threatened to “take her baby, that baby will never be seen again, it will go to foster care,” and that she would “go to jail.”
All of it for voicing her concerns in a public office to an elected official.
Under the Affordable Care Act, Julie Anderson and millions of other Americans whose families were hit with sudden illnesses were covered, and their needs were met. But now, families like Anderson’s fear that they or their loved ones could die because they could be deemed uninsurable. The out-of-pocket costs they’d be faced with would cripple them financially.
Critics of the House repeal bill could leave millions of American with pre-existing conditions unable to afford insurance. Julie Anderson’s young daughter needs medication that carries out-of-pocket costs of $ 12,000.00 a month — and that doesn’t even include doctor or hospital visits. Her daughter has a complex liver issue and she believes the pre-existing conditions provision in Obamacare saved her child’s life. U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry vote to repeal Obamacare i.e. getting rid a health care for her 4-year-old sick daughter Loretta.
“Making my child uninsurable for something that’s not her fault is not OK,”
“I’m not willing to let my kid die because I don’t have money,” tearful Anderson says on her video. “There are thousands of people like me, who are watching their kids get sicker and sicker and we can’t do anything about it and people are actively working against us to let our kids just be sick because they are a drain on the system because Medicare and Medicaid are too expensive.”
Most of the damage of Trumpcare comes from the gutting of Medicaid. That safety-net program for poor and low-income Americans gets cut by nearly 25 percent – $880 billion over the first decade. 14 million Medicaid patients would lose their coverage, many of them children, the disabled and the elderly.
Under Trumpcare, insurance becomes unaffordable for many.
A 64-year-old American with an annual income of $26,500 in the year 2026, under Obamacare, the government would pay the vast majority of that person’s $15,300 premium, leaving the lower-income near-retiree on the hook for just $1,700 in insurance costs, for a policy that covers 87 percent of care.
Under Trumpcare, this 64-year-old American gets hit three ways. First, Trumpcare allows insurers to charge this person five times what it charges a young person. (Obamacare limits this ratio to 3-to-1.) Second – the Trumpcare insurance tax credit is capped. The government covers only $4,900 in premiums. That leaves the individual on the hook for $14,600 in policy payments. Third, the insurance is worse: The policy will only cover 65 percent of the cost of care.
Paying the premiums would leave this wage-earner American with less than $1,000 a month to pay for life’s other necessities, and unable to afford co-pays should he or she get sick.
The bill has not yet passed the Senate, so the fight for kids like Loretta isn’t over. But Anderson is scared — and her fear is understandable. Most Americans and Julie Anderson don’t have twelve thousand dollars a month laying around in the event the AHCA fails them. All Julie Anderson has is a sick baby and that baby deserves a quality healthcare that her parents can afford.
Every child deserves it. Don’t you agree?