Consequences of the Race to Erase
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 49 Comments
Regardless of WHO gets hurt
or WHAT cost to American lives . . .
the incoming administration is focused on getting rid of anything
put forward during the Obama administration — as quickly as possible
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Reblogged: Source posted on the Hopeworks blog
Carefully considering consequences
With the exception of issues impacting Mental Health awareness, education, support and care, ADDandSoMuchMORE.com is not a politically-focused blog. Since time is in limited supply for each of us, we must each choose our battles wisely. Politics per se is not my battle.
I do my best to keep things as light as possible, and to inject as much humor as I can in the articles I post here.
But there is no leavening I can devise to alter the serious nature of this particular post.
Rather than attempting to to explain why I am so personally concerned – and about more than mental health – I am reposting a brief article written by a concerned blogger from the HopeWorks Community.
It puts a human face on what is likely to result, should the current insurance health policies be suddenly abandoned, regardless of how you feel about the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act (so-called “Obamacare”).
Following it is a link to an earlier article I posted here, which includes another reposting from Mental Health America.
In addition to some context for the importance to each of us (at the conclusion of that article), the linked article outlines some of the problems with the few suggestions that have been put forward as a replacement for the ACA that the incoming administration is in such a rush to attempt to repeal wholesale.
I added some formatting and a couple of headings to the reblog below, to help with readability for those of you who struggle to stay tracked on text alone, and a link to the original, for those who prefer to read it there.
It’s a short article. I urge every single one of my American visitors
to give it a read and to consider the implications carefully.
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Consequences of the Republican slaughter of healthcare
What are the consequences of the hurried, almost manic effort by the Republicans to repeal the ACA? How many people live where you live? In Tennessee there are about 6.5 million people.
There are 6.5 million consequences in Tennessee.
Tennessee Statistics and Stories
280,000 people have no insurance. They have waited for years for a year that was their year. There was hope that might be this year. It doesn’t look that way now.
I have a friend whose daughter died from a broken toe. The blood clot she got from the broken toe traveled up her leg and into her lungs, exploded and she died. A tragic, unnecessary death.
I have another friend who has the wrong kind of cancer. In Tennessee if you are female and have either breastfeeding or cervical cancer you qualify for Medicaid. She has bladder cancer and lives daily in an agony I can only imagine.
Many now insured who won’t be
Many more people have found insurance in the ACA marketplace. People who were without access to medical care now have it.
- In Tennessee hundreds of thousands.
- Over 20 million nationwide.
- Lives have been saved. Lives have been redeemed.
If the ACA is gone the human consequences will be real, will be deadly, and in some way touch the corners of every community.
Where you live matters
In Tennessee it matters now if you live in a rural community. 13 hospitals have closed. Others are in trouble.
A friend told me the story of man in her community who had a heart attack. The ambulance drove by the hospital that had been open but was now closed, on the way to the next hospital.
He didn’t make it.
On every level, politically, socially, emotionally, financially and morally, the death of the ACA will change what kind of state Tennessee is and what kind of country this is to become.
They don’t even know what they want to do instead. Perhaps the political reality has changed. The human reality has not.
Our voices need to be loud and we need to know this is
about more than the next battle fought, but of a war to be fought.
My grandson is two years old. I think someday he may ask you about a time when people were left to die because they were poor. Your child, your grandchildren may ask you.
What are we to tell them we did?
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Read MORE about it ’round the ‘net
- Talking points on health care: 24,000–36,000 per year will DIE if ACA repealed without immediate replacement
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- Huff Post: Rush To Repeal Obamacare Draws Warning From Another GOP Senator
- Fortune: Some House Republicans Concerned by Rush to Repeal Obamacare
- Chicago Tribune: Rushing to repeal Obamacare
- Nancy Pelosi: GOP’s rush to repeal Obamacare is ‘act of cowardice’ …
- Ducey: Don’t rush to repeal Obamacare without replacement …
- Denver Post: Fix, don’t repeal, Obamacare
- NPR: Poll Shows What The Public Does And Does Not Know About Obamacare
- NY Times: House Expected to Follow Senate’s Lead on Rush to Repeal Health Law
- Repeal Obamacare? What would Fr.Damien say?
- Envy and the Affordable Care Act
- I’m a doctor and I chose my job based on health insurance – Republicans voted AGAINST protecting pre-existing conditions