Ethan Chandra is a two-year-old boy with a rare condition that affects the heart and other vital organs called heterotaxy syndrome. Because of this syndrome, he has needed four open-chest surgeries.
We've had two of those already this year. pic.twitter.com/zKhw4StSBx— Alison Chandra (@aliranger29) June 24, 2017
In total, Ethan has eight major surgeries. After his most recent operation, Ethan's mother decided to take to Twitter and share the bill she received to highlight what kind of costs parents like her might have to pay if their insurance were to disappear.
This is coming on the heels of the recent Congressional Budget Office prediction that 22 million Americans will be without insurance by 2026, under the new senate healthcare bill. As you can see, the Chandra family is only responsible for $500 of the ~$200,000 bill but this would change greatly, according to the mother, if they hadn't been covered by Obamacare. In an interview with Buzzfeed, she says, “Because of Obamacare, we do pay high premiums, but that money is going into a pool that’s allowing kids like Ethan to receive coverage for almost all of his expenses, and we are so grateful for that.”
She finished her thread of tweets with very powerful words about her son and the status of healthcare in America.
Look my son in the eyes and tell him that he's fought so hard to be here but sorry, you're just not worth it anymore. I dare you. pic.twitter.com/IgdQOounyB— Alison Chandra (@aliranger29) June 24, 2017
Hard to argue with that.
h/t: 22 Words