I’m freaking out about the ACA (“Obamacare”) repeal and I’ll bet a lot of us with disabilities – or parents of kids with disabilities – are, too.
Who in their right mind wouldn’t be? I mean, the GOP wants to repeal this plan that covers us with pre-existing conditions with nothing to replace it!
Furthermore, when Paul Ryan talks about implementing “Health Savings Accounts” (HSAs), do you know what means? That means that ostensibly you’ll be able to sock away some money and pay for things yourself.
That makes me think of my brother Dana – he was shot, and went into a coma, and died after 3 weeks in the coma. His hospital bill was over $2 million. And he was shot, he was the victim in an armed robbery. You can’t forsee things like that, and who has $2 million saved to cover these types of expenses?
We are going to be royally screwed if we have to go with Ryan’s “plan,” no way can most people cover the types of expenses that come with cancer, violence, accidents or even birth. No way can people cover the inflated costs of medication, regular access to doctors and healthcare.
We’re going to be shafted if we lose Obamacare too.
But, as I understand it, it’s not all set yet.
2 good pieces that helped me wrap my head around what’s going on:
where do we go from here?
We don’t need to call Democratic Senators. They already fought a strong fight (look up their speeches on CSPAN); they are with us on this.
Pressuring moderate Republicans who have publicly expressed concern about repealing the ACA without a viable replacement will help get the 3 votes to stop attempts to repeal the law without a viable replacement.
Based on public statements, these are the Republican “pressure point” Senators who have expressed concern about repeal without a replacement:
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.