I shared with her several statistics that were utterly shocking to her. The first, and most importantly, that Congenital Heart Defects occur in one out of every 100 live births. Take that stat for whatever it means to you, but for Obama 2012, it means that 1 in 100 babies are born with a pre-existing condition... and a pricey one at that!
After phone calls back and forth and some logistical planning, two members from Obama's team flew to Phoenix and spent a few days with us. We shared our journey with Congenital Heart Defects, the enormous relief we felt knowing that the Affordable Care Act was signed just a few months before Zoe's birth and truly became friends with both Obama's producer and photographer.
Yes, I voted for Obama in 2008, and will again in November, but my purpose in filming our family's story was not politically motivated. We agreed to film our story because we whole-heartedly believe (and know) that the Affordable Care Act will not only save Zoe's life, but the lives of thousands of children around the country with similar heart defects. Our country desperately needs healthcare reform. The misconceptions about the Act and who it helps and doesn't help has been a source of anxiety and frustration for me for two years now. Quite simply put, if you're an American citizen, it will benefit you!
If you don't believe me, visit this 'calculator' and see for yourself! http://www.barackobama.com/health-care?source=20120311-HP
Heck, I consider myself fairly well-versed on the Affordable Care Act and even I learned something new. "By 2014, all insurance plans will cover maternity benefits—and your insurance company won't be able to charge you more than a man for the same policy."
Thank you Obama 2012 for allowing Zoe's voice to be heard throughout America.
If you've yet to see the video, you can view it here:
The girls enjoyed the experience just as much as Caleb and I. I, of course, had to document the filming, since it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
And, one last picture that is important to share...
Get out and vote Obama in November - if not for yourself, do it for Zoe and her fellow heart warriors! We need a President in office that understands the importance of caring for our children, our parents, our selves and our fellow American.