Senate health care plan would create trouble for families

The June 23 article in The Herald on health care included a quote by Sen. Mitch McConnell, saying “Because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo.”

I consider my family to be middle class, and we have gained, not lost, under Obamacare. Rather, it is the Senate’s current plan that will create more trouble for us. After I had children, I worked part-time as a teacher. My husband’s job has insurance, but its coverage is not as good or as affordable. More of my paycheck was going to health care than I was taking home.

After a few years, this began to feel more and more ridiculous. At the end of the last school year, thanks to Obamacare, I was able to give up my teaching contract and get insurance for myself and two children on the exchange. I was surprised at the level of coverage for minimum cost we qualified for. I do not regret this decision for a second, but now I am left wondering if I will have to go back to work because we may lose our coverage under the new plan.

Who exactly does Sen. McConnell think will gain from his plan? Obamacare has kept my family in the middle class by providing decent health coverage, as well as preserving our quality of life by allowing me to stay home with my children. To me, it doesn’t feel any more American dream than this.

Michelle Spivey


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