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What the Hell do We Do About the ACA (“Obamacare”) Repeal?

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)
(202) 224-4944
Twitter: @SenAlexader

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)
(202) 224-3344
Twitter: @SenBobCorker

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
(202) 224-2353
Twitter: @SenTomCotton

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
(202) 224-3353
Twitter: @RobPortman

U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
(202) 224-2523
Twitter: @SenatorCollins

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
(202) 224-5824
Twitter: @BillCassidy

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
(202)-224-6665
Twitter: @lisamurkowski

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Meriah Nichols is a career counselor, teacher and blogger. Single mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E), she is also a Trekkie who likes her coffee hot and black.
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