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By Tori Young

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This election was the first election I watched all the way through; I have been alive for four elections and I don’t think any of them have been as important as this one. I sat up all night gawking at CNN while our fate as a country was decided. I bit my nails and tapped my foot as Trump won more and more electoral votes. There was sweat, there were tears. How could America vote for this man? How could they support a racist bigot? What about this man makes anyone think he would be a great president? He promises some potentially great policies, but all politicians promise that. As a 17 year old girl, waking up to the news that the country is now going to be run under a racist dictator, excuse me…a racist potato, absolutely destroyed me.

Congratulations America.

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that I identify as a Democrat. Having said that, I don’t have a single problem with Republicans. Well, at least I didn’t until this election. I wasn’t rooting for Hillary because I wanted a Democrat, or because I wanted the first woman president. I was rooting for her because Trump means depression not just for my family, but for families all over the country.

Obamacare will be revoked immediately, and that alone means awful things for my life.

My large, low income family lives in a well-off community. Before Obamacare, my family couldn’t afford any health care. We would go to the doctor only when we had no choice and the home remedies no longer did the job. We couldn’t afford medicine for anyone in my family. My stepdad had a job, but it wasn’t enough to afford health care for all 6 of us (soon to be 7 after my brother moves home).

I remember being in elementary school and having strep throat once a month for two consecutive school years, and my mom making me chicken soup because we couldn’t afford antibiotics every single time I got sick. My younger brother has such severe ADHD that without medication, he would not have been able to attend school. This is not an exaggeration. My mom got a call from the school every single day for two weeks in a row to come get him; once they had to out the school on lockdown because of his reckless behavior. For most of 2010 my mother was very pregnant with my youngest sister, and suffered from placenta-previa, which left her bed ridden for the last 3-4 months of her pregnancy. She sparingly took her medications she needed and that left my family with medical bills. We thought that this would be our life forever. With another mouth to feed on the way…things could only get worse.

Then President Obama issued the Affordable Care Act. Obama made health insurance accessible for families exactly like mine. It didn’t automatically erase all of our struggles, but it made life much safer. I was able to have surgery to remove my tonsils, which turned out to be infected (I would have known that with the means to see a doctor). My mom could deliver my baby sister safely. My sister and I could see a therapist for the first time since our parents’ divorce.

“I felt relieved,” said my mom, Anjanette Freiberger, who had the biggest benefit from the Affordable Care Act. “I could take you guys in for strep, I could pay for surgery, and I wasn’t up at night terrified of medical bills.”

Without Obamacare, I would not have been able to pay for the medicines and therapy I needed after my sexual assault. My parents would have been left with the huge financial burden of my two inpatient stays at a day treatment facility for several weeks. All of this wouldn’t have been financially possible without health insurance.

When people hear the Affordable Care Act, they don’t think about the good it does for people. It saved my family from thousands of dollars in medical bills. This is the same health care that Trump cannot wait to rip from less fortunate families.

“I had a lot of concerns besides health insurance,” Anj says. “I knew that anything that we have that makes our lives better would come onto the chopping block because historically, Republican administrations really work to do away with anything that is helpful to the working poor. They then do not build more jobs or a better economy which would give people like us a chance to get ahead. I knew our insurance was gone.”

I wanted Hillary because I didn’t want to watch my mother work 80 hour work weeks on top of the 40 she works already while taking care of her children. I wanted Hillary because even with my two working parents, we will not be able to receive adequate health care. I was with her because even though she might not be honest, she could look at families like mine and see that Obamacare was something that absolutely needed to stay. No, it is not a perfect health care system. Reform could be beneficial, but removing it entirely is an automatic financial death sentence for thousands of American families. The Affordable Care Act is more than somewhere for your tax money to go.

I will not sit and be silenced by anyone.

My country has betrayed me in more ways than one. No, it isn’t all about me. It’s about the millions of people, Muslims, Mexicans, LGBTQ community members that now have their livelihood in danger. My whole family now lives in the fear that any day my health insurance will be unexpectedly ripped from us.

The President is a man or woman we are supposed to respect, but I refuse to give this man any respect. I am not a sore loser, I am not a whiner, and quite frankly I wouldn’t call myself a protester. I am a concerned citizen whose eyes have been open to not having the privileges that many Americans have. I am a concerned bisexual citizen, who worries about what this presidency would do for my community. I am a concerned woman who fears for what this sexist man will do for women rights. I am a concerned low-income citizen who is terrified of having mine and my family’s health care torn from my fingertips. I know that Donald Trump is not a good choice for anything, let alone the leader of this country.

To the people who didn’t vote, voted for a dead gorilla, or voted third party you helped put this man into power. A vote that wasn’t for Hilary is absolutely a vote for Trump, no matter whose name you marked or wrote on the ballot.

If you voted for  Trump, this is what you voted for.

Congratulations America. Let me know when he makes it great again.

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