I'm the mother of 3, one of which was born with a congenital heart defect. Her name is Myka and she is 8 years old. After her birth, she remained in the NICU for 2 weeks and has had 2 open heart surgeries (one at 4 months old and one at eleven months old). Before the age of 1, she had hit ~$500k in medical costs.
By the time Myka was 4, my husband was laid off from his job. He saw that as an opportunity to launch his own business. The ACA had been passed by then and we knew we would be able to attain health insurance in the form of a private plan as insurance companies would no longer be able to deny my daughter coverage. My husband's business has continued to grow and has been successful and he's more than happy to be working for himself. He now employs 4 people.
Fast forward to election night, as it became apparent that Donald Trump would win, I was devastated. The only thing I could focus on was his promise to repeal the ACA and what that would mean to my family. Would my husband have to go back to corporate America just to have healthcare? Would he have to fold his business? Would my daughter lose her coverage in January? My daughter will most likely need a 3rd surgery. I know for a fact she'll come very close to hitting her lifetime cap at that point. We are not receiving any subsidies for our healthcare. I just simply want my daughter to be protected.
-- Angela E.