I posted this on my own personal Facebook wall today. I’m reposting here, with some editing, to share with a wider audience. I’m angry. I’m sad. I’m scared. I know I’m not alone in this. – Jennifer
Today, the House is voting for you to lose:
- out-of-pocket maximums
- protection for pre-existing conditions
- protection from lifetime caps
- access to essential benefits
- and many other things
- but some rich people will get a tax cut
Essential benefits are: outpatient care, ER visits, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health services and addiction treatment, prescription medication, rehabilitation services and devices, laboratory services, preventive services, wellness services, and chronic disease treatment, and pediatric services.
Do not talk to me about free healthcare now. That’s not what this is about. This about the fact that they do not believe that millions of Americans even deserve the right to pay for insurance that will cover their needs without bankrupting them. They do not believe that we deserve access to care that can save our lives.
And do not tell me that there’s always Medicaid if you’re really poor. They’re cutting much of that too.
And the ER? The ER isn’t going to offer chemotherapy, or monthly prescriptions, or preventative scans. The ER is going to patch up what’s bleeding and send us home, where we will wait to die… because that will be the only option left.
This is not about “I don’t want to pay for somebody’s whatever” – this is INSURANCE. Maybe I’d rather not pay for your gallbladder surgery because you ate like crap, and I’d rather not pay for your sixth pregnancy, and you’d rather not pay for my thyroid meds and my annual MRI scans and 3D mammograms, but that’s what insurance is for. We all pay in, and we all get the coverage we need when we need it.
Listen, the ACA has issues. The republican party could have been the heroes. They could have worked to fix the broken portions and been heroes. Instead, they will be responsible for passing this travesty of a bill, and proving, once and for all, that there is no compassion in the republican party. It’s a shame. It really is.
And so help me – if you even consider responding to this with any mention of socialism or the constitution, you may as well just unfriend me now. We are a society, and we look out for each other, or there is no point whatsoever. We have schools and infrastructure and government and there is no reason – NONE – why every American should not have access to quality healthcare – whether that be by paying a reasonable amount for insurance, paying for it through taxes, whatever it takes.
I look at the damage this bill can do to those who are nearest and dearest to me, and I grieve. I grieve, and I am angry and disgusted that we, as a nation, do not see that the health and safety of all of our citizens is vital to our success as a nation.
And if you voted for this party, and you support this, and you think that denying insurance to millions of people is a good thing? Then why are we even having this conversation?