We're all sick of the health care debate. But those who are actually sick, trying not to get sick, or taking care of others who are sick don't have the luxury of absenting themselves from this debate.
They (we) are looking on in horrified fascination as the GOP makes its plan known: dismantling Obamacare and leaving millions without insurance -- replacing it with stopgap subpar underfunded skimpycare.
The so-called "skinny plan" is chockfull of real harm. 15 million more uninsured. 20% premium increases. And that's before the skinny bill is stuffed even more full with add-ons designed to pacify the elements in the GOP who take moral exception to Medicaid. (The poor should refrain from getting sick, you see. Government should not be involved in healthcare. We should go back to the good old days, whenever and wherever those were.)
It's as if the check-engine light was blinking on your dashboard, and in response your mechanic doused the car with gasoline and set it on fire.
If you have a Republican senator, call them and tell them your healthcare story. Ask them if they came to Washington to harm the sick. If you have a Democratic senator (or if your senator is Collins or Murkowski!) call and thank them for standing up for what's right. You can also go to the Indivisible website to be patched through to those in red states, whom you can connect directly with their senators. (I've done it. It's addictive.) https://www.indivisibleguide.com/hubdialer-signup/
Yes, life is full of complications. Things are hard. There's plenty to do besides this sort of advocacy. You have work to go to, kids to raise, doorknobs and toilets to fix. If you are involved in whatever else you have to do, no one should criticize. But if you can just take a moment to speak up, you'll feel good, and we'll all thank you.
C4PC founder Zackary Berger, MD, PhD : "With her experience in the workings of the federal government and the health care system, Allison stands for what Andy Harris can't stand: meaningful health care for all without regard to who you are or where you come from."
About C4PC: Clinicians for Progressive Care supports candidates, issues, and advocacy which promote equitable, compassionate, evidence-based, and progressive healthcare for every group and individual.
Dr. Berger can be reached at: email@example.com
Per latest updates, it appears that the AHCA is proceeding through the Senate despite the CBO's calmly worded damning assessment (https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/americanhealthcareact_0.pdf). That means, at this point, the House Budget Committee will have to combine the versions of the Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means committees, then send to the floor for a vote.
What does that mean for you? Call your Representative and tell them to vote against AHCA and against any ACA repeal. Call your Senator and tell them the same thing.
Okay, this is the same thing we've been saying for weeks. Maybe where the AHCA is in the hopper doesn't matter to our advocacy actions, but throwing our bodies against the machinery of negligence and death matters to us, our patients, and our country.