AHCA is Discrimination against the Disabled

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.”

 

What does the Dismantling of the Affordable Health Care Act mean for the Disabled

Affordable Healthcare Act bad name Obamacare

What does the Affordable Healthcare Act mean to disabled Americans. It means that we no longer have to worry about Pre-Existing Conditions disqualifying you for healthcare coverage as it did before President Obama made his legacy based on providing Disabled Americans (one who work and ones who don’t work) with affordable healthcare, well if not so affordable at least you could now get Healthcare if you have diabetes, or had a stroke and lost coverage because of you caps in insurance coverage. Ah, and that is another policy that we will lose if the forces that are railing against the ACA bad name Obamacare get their way!. What they are proposing is a total dismantling and repealing of the law back to square one.

Now they are now saying that a total repeal will not happen or there would be a revolt. And, we at DSHE say it would be a revolt of the 57 Disabled Americans. The largest majority minorty demographic in America. So we need to speak out, but again how do we speak out without drawing the ire of our impending change of government where the President proudly boasted of 180K new Disabled Americans job being filled by the US Government, more Schedule A hires than before, etc. We even have the signing of the ABLE Act by President Obama. The Supreme Court sided with Disabled Veterans in the Kingdomware lawsuit. 2016 was a powerful year for we disabled, then came November 8th and all that positivity was totally gone, but it should not be.

We have the largest Majority Minority in America. We should descend on DC with a Million Chair March in March- June if we get pushed to side or there is a push to get rid of our ACA protections such as Pre-existing or limits on insurance caps that will kill those of us who suffer from cancer, or have to us Orphan medicine for a rare disease. So I propose we organize a million Disabled in the streets of DC with as many of those as wheel chairs as possible. Send as many of us by bus, train, and plane to show what happens when you have chairs and disabled needing accommodations and there is more than one if us needing those travel accommodations. Civil disorder from disability travel is a great way to make out point.

DSHE has decided to fight any role back of the ACA without a replacement. There is no way we can go back to the old Wild West of Healthcare. DSHE has programmers who work with us, we know such a large application as Healthcare.gov was going to have problems at the rate of introduction to the largest database of health care recipients and subscribers ever existed. Thank You President Obama, now I hope President Elect realizes that we do count and that the Electoral college will listen to us if we vote in mass, so for the next four years do not grow complacent. No unneeded battles because DSHE has found Republicans to be condusive to disabled Civil Rights in Congress. We have meetings with them all the time. So there is Checks and Balances in the American Democracy. So you simply cannot get rid of the Affordable Healthcare Act without a viable, cost effective and plan that keeps the best and throws out the worst, that we can except but not a plan that says you the Government and President care more for bottom line and profits than for human lives and suffering when you are disabled.

Like Ann Lamont says “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” By Ann Lamont