#DNC2012: Stacey Lihn is bringing down the house at the Democratic National Convention about her daughter Zoe Madison Lihn’s health issues, saying President Obama is fighting for the people. Mitt Romney is vowing to repeal Obamacare, but Stacey Lihn’s daughter would most likely not get the coverage she needs for a possible heart transplant in a year or two. Powerful, powerful testimony. All I can say is that the Democratic convention is more engaging than the Republican convention in Tampa last week.
On May 11, 2010, our family grew from three to four. Our little miracle child, Zoe Madison, entered the world. She was born with a severe congenital heart defect, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Fifteen hours after birth, Zoe underwent her first open heart surgery. Her second open heart surgery took place on September 14, 2010. She has half a functioning heart, which was mended by Dr. Thomas Spray at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Yes, we traveled over 2,000 miles to obtain the best possible care. Source: The Lihns
You can’t ask for a more personal story to show us the importance of universal healthcare. Yes, there are areas that need to be fine-tuned, but affordable healthcare is absolutely necessary.
Here’s the transcript of Stacey Lihn’s speech at the DNC:
Governor Romney says people like me were the most excited about President Obama the day we voted for him.
But that’s not true. Not even close.
For me, there was the day the Affordable Care Act passed and I no longer had to worry about Zoe getting the care she needed.
There was the day the letter arrived from the insurance company, saying that our daughter’s lifetime cap had been lifted.
There was the day the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare.
Like so many moms with sick children, I shed tears and I could breathe easier knowing we have that net below us to catch us if we fall, or if, God forbid, Zoe needs a heart transplant—Obamacare provides my family security and relief.
But we’re also scared. Governor Romney repealing health care reform is something we worry about literally every day. Zoe’s third open-heart surgery will happen either next year or the year after.
If Mitt Romney becomes president and Obamacare is repealed, there’s a good chance she’ll hit her lifetime cap.
There’s no way we could afford to pay for all the cares needs to survive. When you have a sick child, it’s always in the back of your mind and sometimes in the front of your mind.
On top of that, to worry that people would let an insurance company take away her health care, just because of politics?
One in 100 children is born with a congenital heart defect. President Obama is fighting for them. He’s fighting.
For families like mine.