Friday, May 5, 2017

PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU ARE WRONG

We the People - how the United States of America began. We did not fight to become We the Wealthy or We the Privileged and we certainly did not escape being a part of a tyranny just to become one again. In case you are confused, the description of tyranny is “arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority. Oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler. Undue severity or harshness. Cruel or harsh act or proceeding; an arbitrary, oppressive or tyrannical action.” [1] Does this sound eerily significant with the recent events of the recent Healthcare Bill?

In very plain terms – PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU ARE WRONG.

I am not writing this to make anyone angry or tell them that their political choice is wrong. I AM writing this to tell you that regardless of your political position, you need to step back and begin to consider your position as a human being, a parent, a sibling, a friend- a United States citizen. Are you proud to be a part of this country? I am too. Are you grateful to have all of the freedoms that you do? I am as well.  But there is a civil war happening right now between all of us that should not be happening at all. And unless you are one of the select few members of Congress [2], this WILL affect you (because, YES, they are also voting to have their own policy… which strikes me as very odd if the plan is so very trustworthy).

Follow me or unfollow me, it’s your choice- just know that I fight for more than just my family- I fight for yours too. I fight for your children that I have never met. I fight for your Uncle that needs a transplant. I fight for others because that is what we are supposed to do in this country. I am the mother of one child with multiple food allergies and asthma. I have another child who was born with one non-functioning kidney. Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I will not be able to keep my children healthy. Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I may not be able to keep my children ALIVE. If this new healthcare is approved, you may not be able to either.  Before you shake your head and insist that I am rambling nonsense, let me break it down as easily as I can.

Pre-Existing Conditions Under the Trumpcare, this will be an area that affects everyone. EVERYONE. Can you get coverage under the proposed plan- yes. Will you be able to afford it? Most likely, not. Will you be discriminated against when you go to seek out said plans- most likely.  Why? Because Trumpcare  will remove the previous law that prevents insurance companies from doing this. It will have nothing to do with what your employed may have to offer either so if you think you are safe in that aspect, nope. Stop and think about it for just a moment- do you have a pre-existing condition? Does your child have a pre-existing condition? Do you know anyone who does not have a pre-existing condition? Are you unsure what is considered a pre-existing condition? Here’s a list [3]-it may surprise you. Now looking at that list, I ask you again- Do you have a pre-existing condition? Does your child have a pre-existing condition? Do you know anyone who does not have a pre-existing condition?

Keep all of this in mind if this becomes our new healthcare system- while Congress is not keeping it in mind because it will not affect them. Under this new plan, I repeat myself- Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I will not be able to keep my children healthy. Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I may not be able to keep my children ALIVE.

In very plain terms – PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU ARE WRONG.
  
Will there Be Payment Help? There was a recommended amount of $8 billion over five years to be used by states who require additional funding for those with pre-existing conditions. In all honesty, do the math- number of states divided by $8 billion vs. the price of one major surgery of just one person with a pre-existing condition; let’s just pick one- according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) a kidney transplant is more than $262,000 [4]…. Go ahead, grab a calculator and see how many people would actually get what they need within that five years.  Do you need another number? It is estimated that 130 million American could be affected by this. Under this new plan, I repeat myself- Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I will not be able to keep my children healthy. Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I may not be able to keep my children ALIVE.

In very plain terms – PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU ARE WRONG.

Insurance A La Carte Currently, under the ACA, there are certain options that must be included in healthcare plans (things such as prescription coverage, mental health care, etc.) but Trumpcare would give insurance companies a way to bend the rules, per say.  Under the new plan, an insurance company could apply to leave these important options out of their plans. If this is the case and you are in need of these options, you may not be able to get them. Consider this the next time you pick up an asthma inhaler or an auto injector- both are life-saving, absolutely necessary but if you do not have prescription coverage as part of your insurance, how will you handle that? There are many families now that already juggle prescription costs. Thinking you can bypass it and use emergency services as a back up? Guess again- emergency services are also something that may no longer be seen as an option that must be covered. Under this new plan, I repeat myself- Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I will not be able to keep my children healthy. Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I may not be able to keep my children ALIVE.

In very plain terms – PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU ARE WRONG.

My very dear friend reminded me that now is the time to make my voice heard and so should you. Am I afraid that I will lose readers or people will think less of me- yes but I am afraid of not being able to keep my children and your children safe anymore even more so. Contact your State representatives, send out letters and scream out loud that you want to be heard. I will not sit back and watch millions and millions of Americans die in front of me and I am ashamed that our President chooses to do so. I am ashamed that the people who voted with him choose to do so. Did they forget that one day, someone they know outside of their own insurance plan will become sick or won’t be able to stay healthy or that one day, they too will be older themselves? One day, their children may be one of the people that they watch die and I am not ok with this. I refuse to be ok with this.

In very plain terms – PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU ARE WRONG.




2 comments:

  1. I am not up to date on all of this so I have a few questions: 1. Will it be like Obamacare (separate from State insurance) or will this replace state insurance? How will this effect my poor sick child? He already does not get the medication that he needs to thrive but he does get what he needs to survive (for now)...will he be denied even more? When will this be established? I already have no idea how long my handsome son is going to survive without the correct treatment now he might not even have his rescue meds?? What about the lung transplats?? I was told that he has a 95% chance of needing new lungs before he is 18 years old because of his health problems and lack of proper care..

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    1. Here is a link to see the basics: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trumpcare-bill-affect-health-care-consumers/story?id=47203086. This hasn't been passed completely YET but I urge you to write to your Senators & Congressman, tell them your story and keep having your voice be heard. It will be voted upon in 2018 but we need to let them know NOW not then. Organ transplant IS on the list of what is considered a pre-existing condition (there is a link in article above). Before you get upset, get angry and be a part of changing it.

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