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