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Mom Defended Obamacare By Sharing Son's Medical Bill - Gets Harassed, Death Threats

Last month, a mother's tweet went viral when she made a plea to President Donald Trump and the GOP to not scrap the Affordable Care Act. The mom's tweet included a medical bill for her son, who has a number of serious health problems.

She had hoped to make a point that the health care crisis is not a competition, and needs bipartisan efforts. Many didn't like her point, and she's been getting nothing but insults and threats ever since.

Ali Chandra, a registered nurse and married mother of two from New Jersey, posted a bill that came after her son's fourth heart surgery. Little Ethan was born with a serious congenital heart defect, Heterotaxy syndrome, along with a number of other serious health problems.

The young boy is constantly going back and forth to doctors and emergency rooms, and has undergone several operations in his short life. The three-year-old will have to undergo even more surgery if he is to stay alive.

"It seems fitting that, with the #Trump Care debate raging, I got this bill in the mail today from Ethan's most recent open heart surgery," wrote Chandra in her tweet. The bill for services rendered for one heart operation came out to $231,115. The part the family had to pay was $500.

Chandra is worried that if TrumpCare puts a lifetime cap on benefits, it will essentially be a death sentence for Ethan and all the people with serious health problems like him.

"A lifetime cap on benefits is the same as saying, 'Sorry, you're not worth keeping alive anymore. You're just too expensive,'" explains the 33-year-old nurse. She urges Trump not to throw the baby out with the bathwater by repealing Obamacare; she notes that things like no lifetime caps and insurance for people with pre-existing conditions can mean the difference between life and death for many people.

"The fear and anxiety surrounding this bill is palpable right now," the mother said to Buzzfeed, adding that if a bill passes that allows lifetime caps, she and the family will have to uproot and go to Canada. "Thankfully my husband is Canadian, so we have an 'out' if we absolutely need it, but it will mean leaving Ethan's entire team of doctors and the one surgeon in the world who really understands how his heart works now."

Chandra felt her arguments were fairly reasonable, but people on the internet who support Trump and the GOP-supported health care plans were enraged. Because her nickname is 'Ali', and her husband is of Indian descent, many thought that Ethan was a Muslim.

Some people thought Ethan was Mexican because of his dark skin color. Apparently, a lot of conservatives do not believe that Mexicans or Muslims have a right to life in the U.S.

Chandra was called horrible names, such as 'freeloader' and 'dumb b-tch'. People accused her of having 'faulty genetics' and told her to just let Ethan die and have another kid.

"Strangers were telling me it would have been cheaper to make a new kid, as if anyone in the history of the world could ever replace this bright light of mine," she said.

She also got death threats. One person offered her a bullet, but she wasn't sure if it was for her or Ethan.

Some told her she should have expected this kind of response since she posted her position on the internet. “How has this become an accepted part of this discourse?” the mom wonders.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Ali Chandra/Twitter, Facebook via Daily Mail

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