Toledo family fears worst in battle over health care

The Ziemanns of south Toledo say they would face devastating consequences if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. (Jim Nelson/WNWO).

As the fight over health care continues in Washington, some local families say they will be greatly impacted by a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare.

Stephanie Ziemann is a mother of three, including six-year old Ada, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

"If we don't have help, it will be choosing between having a place to live or having our daughter seize to death," said Ziemann.

In a typical month, Ada requires a half dozen therapy visits and up to ten trips to the doctor's office. Basic medical supplies cost thousands of dollars.

Through the ACA, and more specifically, Medicaid, the Ziemann's are able to provide the necessary care for Ada.

But as lawmakers make their move in Washington, Stephanie struggles to comprehend.

"I don't think they have someone close to them that has a disability, otherwise I don't see how they could this to families."

And she worries about what the future might hold.

"If she doesn't get her medicine, she'll die."

Ohio Governor John Kasich, a republican, made national headlines in February when he said he opposes any plan that drastically alters the Medicaid program.

"That is a very, very bad idea, because we cannot turn our back on the most vulnerable," Kasich told CNN.

"We can give them the coverage, reform the program, save some money, and make sure that we live in a country where people are going to say, 'at least somebody's looking out for me,'" he said.

"It's not a giveaway program. It's one that addresses the basic needs of people in our country."

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