If you are like many disabled who value family values you occasionally vote for members of the Republican Party as I (violating a cardinal rule using the singular) did in fact do when I voted for a man I consider my friend Senator Roy Blunt and for the former Navy SEAL now Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.
I now sit in amazement at what has transpired for the disabled under the current Republican Administration and in Congress. Once thought of rock solid ADA Accommodations being fought for by the White House and the Attorney Generals across America but they have all either deleted their ADA websites or pointed the Disabled to other Agencies as the Missouri Attorney General has done.
We need to flood the Courts with lawsuits that are filed against Attorney Generals who do not fight for the ADA and the disabled. Attorney Generals like Josh Hawley of Missouri should not get to choose to terminate ADA representation for the public. We represent fifty-seven million Americans and one Million Disabled Missouri.
As a member of both the Republican and Democratic Parties as via an Independent I find the assault on the disabled disheartening and downright mean. More and more wealth the for those born with it, those who stole it from minorities when they robo signed 4 Billion dollars worth of wealth from minorities under the previous Republican Administration. But GWB never had it in for the cruel way people are treated. In fact GWB (George Walker Bush) called our current Administration cruel for what it is doing to America and its families. The disabled are looked upon as garbage but odds are the current President suffers from some sort of disability himself with the erratic behavior. I once wanted someone not from DC to be President so he or she could rattle things up. Now my mother’s words come back to haunt me, be careful for what you wish for. I bet there are many in the Rust Belt thinking exactly that at this moment.
While DSHE watched the tax plan unfolding in the middle of the night, Amendments written with handwritten scribbles that some members of the Senate claimed they were like cartoon character drawings. What was not funny about it was the entire bill was written in secrete then rushed through both the Senate and Congress.
Here is what is wrong with the Tax Bill which makes the bill a tax on disability according to American Progress
Number 1 -the Bill Eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate
“With so many failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, congressional Republicans have decided to squeeze their attacks on health care into their tax plan. The Senate version of the bill would repeal the ACA’s individual mandate. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, this would drive up premiums by 10 percent in 2019 and result in 13 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2025. The Center for American Progress has estimated that the typical middle-class family buying health insurance on the individual market would see its premiums balloon by nearly $2,000 per year, putting vital care out of reach, including for many individuals with disabilities.”
Number 2 the Bill raises taxes on people facing high medical bills
According to American Progress”
A particularly mean-spirited provision in the House version of the tax plan would end the medical expense deduction, which enables people who have incurred very high medical bills—specifically, medical expenses that exceed 10 percent of their income for the year—to deduct those expenses from their federal income taxes. In 2015, this deduction helped 8.8 million families, offering financial relief amid crushing medical bills that would have otherwise driven people into debt.
Eliminating this deduction would be especially devastating for people with disabilities and severe illnesses, who frequently face thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket medical costs for long-term supports and services. It could put critical home- and community-based services and even life-sustaining treatments out of reach, pushing people out of their communities and into costly , isolating institutions, bankruptcy, or both.”
We could not think it would get any worse for the disabled now according to American Progress”
Makes research on drugs for rare conditions more expensive
Another provision buried in both the House and Senate tax bills would weaken or even eliminate altogether a tax credit that encourages pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs for so-called orphan medical conditions––rare conditions such as cystic fibrosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Job syndrome. This tax credit is especially important, as development of new drugs and treatments for rare conditions may not be in a pharmaceutical company’s financial interest. Its elimination could mean that people with rare diseases or health conditions may never receive life-saving treatment.”
We will not quote American Progress entire Article but the remaining four items are concern are
Number 4 the Tax Bill makes disability accessibility more expensive for small businesses
Number 5 the Tax Bill raises taxes for people with student loans
Number 6 the Tax Bill ends a tax credit that spurs investment in struggling communities.
Number 7 the Tax Bill leads to automatic cuts to Medicare and other critical programs for people with disabilities.
The last four items stated by American Progress are so heinous to DSHE that we are going to post an article about each of the subjects and how it affects the disabled community at large. It is apparent the Trump Administration is at war with the Disabled from the moment the Whitehouse took down the Web Page for the Disabled and the resources the Obama Whitehouse had given to the Disabled Community.
It is obvious that everything President Obama has done for the Disabled has been stripped away. The President says he wants to help Disabled Veterans but forgets the 42 million other Americans who are disabled. How can 57 Million people be sold out, because we lack one cohesive voice, we lack the structured organization of the Same Sex Marriage movement. We lack the historical documentation of suffrage that African Americans and women were given Amendments to the Bill of Rights but all the Disabled received was an ADA that is being used against us and not for us.
Now we are left out of any tax breaks because the median income for disabled Americans from 16-64 is $41,000, not over 100K as with White College Educated men. Therefore there is not the chance of getting a tax break for a disabled man or woman.
So we disabled are being left behind. We are being singled out and marginalized and the honored servicemen and women who were once whole but now are broken and used to be thrown out without resources can say the government gives them some help compared to non service related disabled Americans who get denied Social Security therefore they get denied SNAP then they get DENIED Medicare under this new Tax plan that is the old Heartless Tax plan Congress is putting out under a heartless Administration. Unless you are a corporation this government only wants you to die leaving them all of your Social Security to buy more missiles to kill instead of healing our people.
Enough is enough we must speak out call email and write your two senators and one Congressman, then move on to your neighboring states and keep calling until you have call all 100 Senators and 525 Representatives. We did, so it is possible, We have to show we mean voting business, vote as a block that is our challenge
Today DSHE learned that Education Secretary Betsy DeVoe has rescinded over 73 Documents which clarifies the rights of disabled students and their parents. After eight years of a President who understood that disabled Americans had something to offer the rest of America, it is hard to understand just what this president is doing to reverse all the gains disabled made under President Obama. Is this what he means when he says make America great Again. He means sending the disabled back to the horrendous mental asylums aka poor houses of the 1920s. He means lobotomizing schizophrenics because we don’t understand them, he means incarcerating more disabled veterans with PTSD because we already 300,000 plus disabled veterans in American jails and prisons. President Trump has decided to throw 57 million people under the bus for profit for big corporations who see our right to telework as costing them funds or the right to ramps for vets without legs. The Trump administration in one year has reversed the gains of 37 years of disability advocacy for fair and equitable treatment.
We cannot be silent any longer or lose any more rights. He supports the rights of gun owners to shoot and kill if they feel threatened but not the right of assembly or the press. He says he supports free speech for people like Richard Spencer but consider African American Free Speechers “Black Lives Matters” as terrorist while saying the KKK are not terrorists. Jeff Sessions wants to roll back the gains we made in getting medical marijuana in all 50 States, wanting to prosecute States who enforce our right to medicine that help PTSD.
Our rights as disabled are under assault what is our plan. Organize, Organize, Organize. What do we mean by that. Everyone who is American and can read our words needs to call, write, fax, email their Representative in the House of Representative and the Two Senators from each State. We need to demand that they stay strong and oppose any negative changes to disabled Americans right to employment, housing, low cost medical care, and a legal system that recognizes disability needs help not a 6 x 8 cell and free labor to pay for being disabled and incarcerated. Stop trying to bankrupt Social Security and treating it like it is a bank.
Mr. Trump a little lesson you should learn. If you spend your time as President trying to over turn or rescind every law and rule passed by the previous president you will never have any accomplishments of your own to brag about. So what about doing some good for the average American who has one parent in a rest home and the other at home with Alzheimers, give us a break and support us not CIGNA, AAMA, or any of the other billion dollar firms you represent in Congress because you do not represent us, you do not even see yourself as one of us.
There is no “red carpet like you have never seen” in America for you because every thing you do helps China and Russia gain more of what America had in the world. Even China does not attack its disabled anymore maybe you could learn something from them.
In conclusion you can see DSHE is angry and no longer quiet about what is happening to the largest majority minority in America. Disabled Lives Matter because we are Everyone Lives Matter too. Stop you heinous assault on those who need your protection. If you want to be known as being better than President Obama do more for the people otherwise you are the Corporations Racist President who also hates the disabled like mocking the reporter. We disabled will never forget you and we write books, plays, movies, and document our suffering. You will never be forgotten for what you have done to disabled Americans Civil Rights. Stop the Assault on our lives and you may be forgiven!
How can members of the Senate plan to pass a bill that leaves 57 million people paying more for health insurance and in fact will cost 15-25 million of those disabled Americans to lose their coverage because of “Pre Existing” Conditions. This assault on the health of Americans goes beyond that because according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that under the House bill, such changes would cut Medicaid spending by $834bn over 10 years, and lead to 23 million fewer people having insurance coverage.
The Guardian went on to state “The Senate healthcare plan, like the House bill that narrowly passed last month, would phase out Medicaid expansion under the ACA, under which 31 states and the District of Columbia added more than 11 million low-income adults to the program.”
Furthermore according to the Guardian “Medicaid is the nation’s largest public insurance program, providing health benefits to nearly 74 million Americans including low-income adults and children, seniors and people with disabilities. It has unparalleled reach: about half of all babies are born on Medicaid and four in 10 children are covered by Medicaid or its sister benefit, the Children’s Health Insurance Program.”
Just what does taking away the ACA protections for disabled persons with Pre-Existing conditions. It means no more transfer to other insurers because a disabled person need payments for cancer medicines when their current policy reaches its caps. According to the AAPD ( American Association of People with Disabilities) “The AHCA gives states the power to decide whether or not they will provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. When states had the option to expand Medicaid, many did not take it and left millions of people with disabilities uncovered or with insufficient coverage to live independently. It is likely that many of these same states will opt to leave people with pre-existing conditions without coverage. Proponents of the AHCA argue that it provides $8 billion for states to set up high-risk pools to cover those with pre-existing conditions who are unable to find affordable coverage on the open market. This pool of funding is inadequate to guarantee affordable coverage.
Furthermore, the AHCA would slash Medicaid funding by over $800 billion and end Medicaid expansion, leaving states with the option to provide less coverage to existing Medicaid recipients, reduce the number of people who receive Medicaid, or both. The AHCA would also reduce or eliminate essential health benefits (including prescription drugs, mental health services, rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, and more).
Unfortunately, it is difficult to gauge the full impact of the bill that was passed because the House voted on it without waiting for an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a nonpartisan federal agency that provides budget and economic information to Congress. The CBO analysis of an earlier version of the AHCA estimated that 24 million people could lose their health insurance within ten years.”
DSHE formally opposes any healthcare plan to change the pre-existing conditions protections of the Affordable Care Act. But unfortunately by the time anyone reads this the Senate which only needs 50 votes will have passed the bill. We can only hope the 4 Republican holdouts are given what they want to get the AHCA passed.
I will leave you with what one person said to the Guardian “My story is so many other people’s story,” Merlino said. “This new bill they’ve come out out with, it targets poor people and you never know when you were going to be that poor person. “I didn’t know. I had a very good job and suddenly I was making below the poverty level. You never know when you’re going to become that person with a pre-existing condition without the ACA rules.”