Health care is back on the current administration’s agenda. Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) has put forth an amendment to the original American Health Care Act (Obamacare replacement) to win over the conservative House Freedom Caucus. The amendment would allow states to obtain waivers for the pre-existing conditions clause and “essential health benefits” clause which covers items such as emergency services, maternity care, mental health, and substance abuse. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated the original American Health Care Act would lead to 24 million more people uninsured, and the new amendment is not expected to improve upon that number. The House GOP hoped to vote on the revised bill Friday, which did not occur, but a vote could come any day. Here’s a petition asking Congress to “put their money where their mouth is” by putting themselves in our shoes when it comes to their health insurance.
This week we donated to Molly’s Medical Fund on GoFundMe. We don’t know Molly, but as a non-salaried voice teacher and contract singer she is a big supporter of Obamacare. Her friend Stephanie says, “Our vivacious and formidable friend, Molly Young, was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Thanks to the insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act, she was diagnosed early and her doctors are optimistic about her recovery. But first she has a long road of treatment ahead of her…” We are sending Molly our love, good thoughts and best wishes for a full recovery.
In the Declaration of Independence, it states that three of our “unalienable rights” are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We feel that all three of these ideals are impacted by access to affordable health care. Quite simply, Obamacare has saved lives. If 24 million people lose their health insurance; if people with pre-existing conditions are unable to find affordable health insurance; if women’s health services and mental health services are cut — these changes will harm the lives of millions of people. Everyone deserves the freedom inherent in securing medical care for themselves and their loved ones. Everyone deserves the happiness and comfort of knowing that, should a medical problem arise, they will be able to take care of it without going bankrupt. We donate to Molly’s Medical Fund this week in honor of the people we know who have devoted their lives to caring for others as doctors and nurses; and in honor of the doctors and nurses who have personally cared for us during our lives (in particular the NICU doctors and nurses who saved Dallas’s life when she was a preemie).