Father Shares Insane Hospital Bill For Daughter With Cancer To Slam Trumpcare

The nearly $2 million in hospital bills was the result of receiving treatments for only 10 months.

Credit: Eric Meyer

Any day now, the Senate will stop revising and vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), which is the Senate version of the original American Health Care Act, and has been dubbed Trumpcare for short. There have been huge debates about how certain parts of the bill as it stands would affect Americans, and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has already estimated that it would leave 22 million Americans without health insurance by 2026. This would be disastrous for citizens of the U.S. to say the least, but many people who get tax cuts if the bill were to pass or people with amazing private insurance don’t seem to understand the gravity of the situation for those that can’t afford insurance as it is.

Although Eric Meyer, a web developer from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, could benefit from tax cuts from the passing of the BCRA and he currently has wonderful private insurance, he recently took to Twitter to share the heartbreaking story about his then-5-year-old daughter, Rebecca. She was diagnosed with cancer a few days after leaving for vacation back in 2013 and her 10-month battle with cancer cost her parents an insane amount of money. Her story has inspired Meyer to speak out about how detrimental the BCRA could be for Americans.

With just these few weeks in the ICU, Becca’s treatments would have been well over a quarter of a million dollars, as was seen when this mother shared her son’s hospital bills from a recent visit.

Sadly, Rebecca lost her battle with cancer shortly after being diagnosed. He said, “I miss her every day, but I know that we did everything that could be done, including being able to afford the hospice care that kept her as comfortable as possible in her final hours, preventing the seizures and pain and fear that would have made her last moments a hell beyond endurance. Allowing her a peaceful end. Every family should have access to that.”

It’s awesome that Meyer is getting involved with his senators and not just sharing his story on Twitter, where it’s bound to reach social media users but not his representatives.

Meyer acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act under Obama was not the ultimate solution to America’s messy healthcare dilemma, but that it was certainly an important step towards treating every American the same and allowing them the same access to services.

“The Affordable Care Act wasn’t perfect, and it was severely and willfully undercut after it launched, but it was a huge step in the right direction. The bill currently before Congress would be an enormous step back,” he said.

“I would spare every family the pain we endured, if I could, but nobody has that power. We do, together, have the power to help every family that must endure that pain, to give them access to the simple safety net they need, to concentrate everything they can on the struggle to heal.”

What’s even more unfortunate about Meyer’s and his family’s story is that it’s not uncommon; countless Americans have become poor and/or homeless as a result of medical issues that they can’t afford to treat or even diagnose, and that’s why so many veterans are currently living on the streets. If Americans can’t stand up for veterans, the people they universally commend more than any other group in the nation, then what else are they willing to do in order to secure tax cuts for the rich?

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