Late 5-year-old’s parents push to protect Obamacare

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — In the fall of 2016, tragedy struck the Ruddy family.

Tom and Amanda Ruddy‘s 5-year-old son, Tommy, was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable form of brain cancer. After a hard-fought battle, little Tommy ‘gained his angel wings,’ dying on Nov. 3.

“We never thought this would happen. It can happen to anybody,” Tom Ruddy, of Hudsonville, told 24 Hour News 8 Monday.

Just months after Tommy’s death, his parents joined members of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics at a press conference in Lansing Monday to urge lawmakers to save President Barack Obama’s health care law, which includes some provisions they relied on as their son battled for his life.

Tommy’s pediatrician, Dr. David Dickens, said the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — often referred to as Obamacare — makes sure insurance companies cover the costs of expensive clinical research trials. That was the only hope for Tommy during his fight. He passed away just before his planned enrollment.

“No family should have to face what we’ve faced and not have these protections,” Amanda Ruddy said. “We didn’t lose hope of the future.”

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