Why is my life not worth more than a vote to this administration?
That’s the question I asked myself when I woke up to the news that an amendment has been added to the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The change doesn’t ensure people, like me, with pre-existing conditions will be able to keep or get health coverage.
The amendment crafted by a Republican congressman from my home state of New Jersey allows states to seek individual waivers. One could end continuous coverage and give insurance companies a year to write policies that consider a person’s medical status. Does anyone really think this won’t raise the cost of plans? The amendment also doesn’t address what sick people are supposed to do while they wait for coverage. What happens to their bodies during that time?
American medical experts says sick people will get second class care if any at all. Why is it acceptable for chronically ill people to be forced to become second class citizens in their own country?
Earlier this week, more than 200 members of Congress came together to reintroduce the Equality Act. It’s designed to protect LGBTQ rights, to stop discrimination against members of that community. Where’s the bill for the chronically ill?
When the Equality Act was proposed again, I heard passionate speeches about attacks by the Trump administration on the rights and values of Americans. Congressional leaders said action had to be taken to protect vulnerable citizens. Aren’t the sick, the weak and people suffering from mental or physical ailments in need of the most assistance and protection in this society?
Republicans are thrilled the new health care bill may pass in the House today. But I wonder, will their glee over a political victory be consolation to my parents and the loved ones of other sick people as they waste away from illnesses they can no longer get treated?