Transcript: Stacey Lihn’s remarks at the Democratic National Convention
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of remarks by Stacey Lihn from Phoenix, Arizona at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, September 4, 2012:
“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“If Mitt Romney becomes president and Obamacare is repealed, there’s a good chance she’ll hit her lifetime cap.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 care she 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.
“And we need to fight for him.”