A very special guest blog post from my wife: 'Why this Republican is voting for Obama'

in Uncategorized by

Today, I am doing something I never dreamt I would do.  I am voting for a Democrat for President of the United States of America.  Yes, I’m voting to re-elect President Barack Obama.  This is not a decision I take lightly and it wasn’t an easy one for me.  However, it was the right decision for me and my family.

Peter and I have been blessed with the most amazing little girl, and we can’t imagine our life without Ella in it.  If not for President Obama, Ella wouldn’t exist.

After a lifetime of excellent health insurance (either provided by my parents or my employer), I found myself uninsured.  I was and still am an independent contractor.  When I looked into health insurance coverage two years ago, I was informed that I couldn’t even purchase maternity coverage.  So, I could pay $200 per month for health insurance that not only didn’t include maternity coverage but also didn’t include contraceptive coverage.  That’s right, I couldn’t even pay for a plan that covered, not provided for free but covered with a co-pay, contraceptive care.     That didn’t make any sense to me then, and it still doesn’t.

Fortunately, Obamacare changed all of that.

Late last year, I was finally able to purchase a maternity rider to my health insurance policy.  About 45 days later, God blessed our family with a honeymoon baby.  Were it not for President Obama, I would have never allowed myself to get pregnant, and I would be missing out on the greatest joy in my life.  My maternity care cost $12,172 and the final total for delivering Ella was $49,878.  Thanks to President Obama and Obamacare, my total out of pocket cost: $500 (my deductible and Ella’s deductible).  There is no way I could’ve afforded having a baby without health insurance, and considering I am a big believer in personal responsibility, there is no way I’d allow myself to get pregnant without health insurance.  In case you were wondering how I prevented pregnancy when I couldn’t get health insurance to cover my contraceptive care, the kind folks at Planned Parenthood provided birth control pills at an affordable $23 per month.

I don’t agree with everything the President stands for, but there is nothing that Mitt Romney has done or said he believes in that is more important to me than my very healthy daughter.  There are times when my Republican heart has a difficult time with some of the policies of the left (the Vice Presidential debate was particularly tough for me), but then the Akins and the Murdocks of the party remind me what little importance women’s issue hold with the Republican party.  As long as the national party continues to fund these campaigns and the party’s nominee for President still appears in a commercial endorsing one of them, the national party is not my party.  As a mother of a daughter, I feel an intense obligation to leave her a world better than the one I lived in.  It’s unfathomable to me that if the Akins, Murdocks and Romneys of the world get their way, my daughter would have less rights and freedoms than I did.  That’s unconscionable.

So, today I am voting for President Obama to thank him for allowing me to purchase maternity coverage.  I am voting for President Obama to protect my daughter’s reproductive rights.  I am voting for President Obama to protect my daughter’s choices.  I am voting for President Obama because there is nothing in this world that means more to me than my daughter.

Ella and I already thanked him in person, now we’ll thank him at the ballot box.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.