The Disabled..Good Targets for Assault in DC?

 

Pic from a twitter friend Miriam @ABC..used by permission.

 

There are a few interesting things going on In politics right now that really aren’t making the news cycle yet. One is a past history story that will predictably become a larger story in the near future.  Ive been writing on that and will finish it soon but today I wanted to write on something I saw that really bothered me today.

As many of you know on here, I do a good bit of protesting particularly in Washington DC.  I haven’t been there of late due to a fracture in my foot and a knee injury.  But do get tagged and updates on things because I am there often and return the favor.   I got a disturbing text which sent me into my twitter account about a protest outside Mitch McConnell’s office today of the disabled opposing the cutting of Medicaid assistance with pre-existing conditions.  McConnell actually worked with the lobbyists on the healthcare bill before consulting anyone else including his own members in Senate.

 

The new healthcare bill is going to phase out medicaid expansions and this hurts the elderly and disabled, people dont think about that, block grants arent going to cover the costs and the states cant cover the expense.

 

What most people do not understand and have not for years and unfortunately I do, is that prior to the PPACA, even people who work, rely on Medicaid as a healthcare choice IF YOU HAVE A DISABILITY.  The law prevents discrimination against the disabled, except in this area, this would be due to the excessive amount of lobbying dollars spent to ignore the high costs to insurance companies for those with pre-existing conditions.  I believe the current year totals are 78m for pharmaceuticals, 34 million for healthcare and another 24 million in misc healthcare related businesses.   It’s a big business in this country, healthcare.   Business always profits from those that can least afford it and need it the most.

 

I have nothing against free market except when free market interferes with the lives of people, that’s a line that business should not cross.  So today was a protest against that line, against McConnell and against the new healthcare plan which eliminates Medicaid for tax cuts to people who need it far more.  Please understand, this isn’t welfare, this is sometimes the only alternative for a person who cannot work, like someone diagnosed with cancer and their healthcare gets terminated for multiple reasons w/o PPACA coverage.  This happened to my Aunt Kathy right before the PPACA was enacted.

 

Ill give you an example, myself.  I worked for 40 years.  In two jobs I had health insurance, two. Out of those 40 years I took medicine for all of those years and had a disability that without it, I could not have worked. Fortunately, my mother was a nurse and got the medicine at a discount, I was married for 10 years and for 4 of those years my husband had healthcare at a steel mill so I had healthcare.  The remaining 6 years was difficult because I had to pay cash for my medicine. 

 

When I moved to Baltimore, I got onto Medicaid in 1990 after advice from a friend.  I didn’t even know it existed. So my daughter and I could go to the doctors and I could stop putting out money for my meds, which as it turns out was a GREAT THING because I found out I was pregnant and they changed my medicine both for the baby and liver issues from the lifelong usage of Dilantin.    But the medicine was VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE.  It was not paid for by Social services and my doctor and I had to appear at a hearing for it to be paid.  They consented and I got my medicine.

 

 In 2001, I had a status epilepticus, which almost killed me (kinda like a minor stroke).  They changed my medicine again.  This time I was working and on insurance.   They had to change my medicine again, it was very expensive and there were NO generics for the drugs so I had to pay 35% out of pocket. Now my medicines were 1300.00 per month.  I brought home 1600.00, and had to pay around 450.00 a month for my meds..my Mom helped and so did Medicaid.  I could NEVER have done it without the State program and the Epilepsy Association that helped get onto the temporary assistance.  This lasted until 2006.

 

When I started at the end of 2006 at my longest term job, the insurance denied coverage of anything to do with my disability for 1 year, no medicine.   Because my income had increased substantially, I was no longer eligible for Medicaid and the medicine was even more expensive then.  So I paid cash for one of them and the other two I got pharmaceutical cards for, which paid for most of the cost and I paid a deductible for a term of one year.  In January 2008,, I had health insurance and it paid for most of my medicine going forward and I had other allowances to also help.

 

Since that time, the PPACA came along and I don’t have to be concerned with that anymore, the cost of my meds have come down (due to generics) to about 400.00 a month and I am guaranteed to not have to worry about my medicines.    I cannot explain to you what it feels like to have a brain disorder, but nothing I have experienced in MY life is as painful or as debilitating. But it is nothing compared to the instability of not knowing if you will have a way to pay for your medicines due to expense and those must come first or you cant work and feed your kids.  Its scary and thats underplaying it quite a bit.  Those people in DC today, just want security in their healthcare thus a quality of life.  Its kind of like others who want security in their investments or tax breaks.  Except I dont think these are adequate comparisons nor a reason to beat handicapped people down.

 

There are 10s of millions of people that have to worry about healthcare now, but not only that, their medicines.  Critical things to give them SOME quality of life.  These things are beyond their control, they didn’t ask for the issues, like cancer, leukemia, Asthma, Some kinds of Diabetes, Some heart conditions, back disorders like spinal stenosis that are inherited, arthritis and other things that are more rare and incurable.

 

It is a shame that a small percentage of US citizens and Congress don’t care about the 53 million adults who have disabilities and about 15% of children have some sort of disability, whether it be learning, behavioral or health. Such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Cancer, Leukemia and ADHD.  It really reared it ugly head today in the halls of the Capital building while the Capital Police ripped a disabled woman out of her wheelchair and dragged her away or another man got dragged away bleeding.

 

This is not how PEOPLE are supposed to treat each other…not last week or this week.   It seems people dont want to deal with unpleasant things...but they are out there.  You can't hide the disabled  in an asylum, they were gone long ago, the disabled have rights now.  You cant , beat them to death or take away something people need to live.   People this needs to stop, we cant shoot each other or hide the problems...we need to deal with this.

Comments

wsucram15 Added Jun 22, 2017 - 7:38pm
Too long for most of you, but I wrote it becausw what happened today bothered me.  If you are going to try to justify it..dont.
Jeff Michka Added Jun 22, 2017 - 7:43pm
There's nothing that can be justified about dragging wheelchair bound people off to be arrested by those scions of the latest  police "thinblue line heroes," Capitol cops.  OF course, this is probably okay by the WB rightist usuals.  They're unhappy because the cops didn't break up all the wheelchairs.
wsucram15 Added Jun 22, 2017 - 7:53pm
Jeff.. I dont care what anyone thinks.  I have always been cool with the cops there, they were doing as told, its their job.  They didnt handle it very well but not all the people they dealt with were physically able to be moved around like they were. 
This was McConnell and his staff who ordered this and the ACLU I am hoping does something for those that were arrested.  This is unacceptable.
Tubularsock Added Jun 22, 2017 - 9:05pm
Very good and informative post, wsucram15. It has always been amazing to Tubularsock the lack of interest in these issues UNTIL it happens to "YOU"! Then they become shocked and amazed. 
 
Being on the front lines like you are brings into focus what so many look away from.
 
When you are ready to burn it down let Tubularsock know.
Stay safe.
 
Leroy Added Jun 22, 2017 - 10:22pm
Geez.  I thought this was an article about batteries.
Bill H. Added Jun 22, 2017 - 10:33pm
It just shows how "GREAT" we are becoming!
And aren't we getting tired of all of this "WINNING!"?
Sadly, I suspect this is just the beginning of the takedown of citizens while the big corporations start smiling all the way to the (offshore) bank.
It's going to be all about profits and nothing at all about the common citizen.
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Jun 22, 2017 - 11:36pm
"It is a shame that a small percentage of US citizens and Congress don’t care about the 53 million adults who have disabilities and about 15% of children have some sort of disability, whether it be learning, behavioral or health." 
I'm thinking of an inspirational poster after reading this... Conservatives, they just don't give a damn about you or your problems (unless you are rich). 
Bill H. Added Jun 23, 2017 - 1:10am
 
Or unless it makes them richer.
Billy Roper Added Jun 23, 2017 - 10:29am
If they were humanely euthanized rather being politicized as Sara promotes, they would no longer be occupying federal property demanding the rest of us support them.
Leroy Added Jun 23, 2017 - 12:53pm
Maybe the left can have the slogan, "You too can be a victim."
Dino Manalis Added Jun 23, 2017 - 1:43pm
Instead of repealing and replacing ObamaCare, they should focus on reducing expenses, like import foreign prescription drugs; cap medical malpractice compensation; and streamline insurance bureaucracy and paperwork, as well as encourage insurers to compete nationally.
Bill H. Added Jun 23, 2017 - 5:43pm
Dino, none of your suggestions would increase the profits to the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, so it won't happen on Trump's watch.
wsucram15 Added Jun 24, 2017 - 2:04am
This is a major issue.  I just watched a program this evening that showed how a young boy will die without medicaid.  He has what is called medicaid waiver, which is a program that enables the elderly or severely handicapped to reside in the home with care.
I know about this program because of my mother any my care of her for 9 years. 
I think that people think of the elderly and disabled as a bother and that medicaid is for people who should be working and not living off handouts.
Its not like that..there are so many people that do work and contribute to society in many ways, that receive some form of medicaid. They have to, its the way the system is set up.  It really isnt an option.
If the PPACA is gone, and there is no pre-existing coverage anymore, some of these people will die. ITs not a joke and I can tell how many care by the rating on this article. 
So Thank you to the people who commented...even you Roper..and this is Jeanne. 
Tubularsock,..thanks.  I usually in DC at least once a week.  I was sad I missed this one, but this was run by ADAPT and I am not a member of that organization.  I know some of the members were hurt by the officers though and it pissed me off.  You cant drag a handicapped person, whose muscles have atrophied and bones are more fragile, like a sack of potatoes down a hall.
I am usually outside and I try to make sure whomever I am with has a permit, I have some respect for the capital police. Not this time though.  
wsucram15 Added Jun 24, 2017 - 2:06am
All people need to do is call their Senators, specifically if they are Republican.  I will be on Monday, even if they dont represent me.
Bill H. Added Jun 24, 2017 - 11:18am
We never thought that we would treat our citizens in this way.
How we can become so cruel so quickly astounds me.
But then, when the priority is immediate profits, concern for people's well-being is out the door.
wsucram15 Added Jun 24, 2017 - 1:25pm
Its not just conservatives though.  People in general while they try to understand and some sympathize, they dont really understand.  Ive had people ask me about it over the years.  I even testified in court once about epilepsy as an expert. But you have to know the neurological functions and plasticity of the brain first. 
However, all the disabilities most people think that people that are poor are deadbeats, which isnt true.  Its hard to fight stigmas and prejudices.
It is sad that the disabled people in ADAPT were treated so poorly by the Capital Police and some were injured.  It speaks volumes as to the  status of humanity.
 
 
Jeff Michka Added Jun 24, 2017 - 2:28pm
Billy the Nazi sez: If they were humanely euthanized rather being politicized as Sara promotes, they would no longer be occupying federal property demanding the rest of us support them. - wsucram15 even thanked the Nazi for his "typical comment." Can't arrangements be made to humanely euthanized Nazis like him? I don't even think humane is necessary.  He's made comments like this before, being the "superior aryan" he thinks he is.
Jeff Michka Added Jun 24, 2017 - 2:30pm
Leroy, the human, disposable plastic bag sez: Maybe the left can have the slogan, "You too can be a victim." - Perhaps you'd like to try out the victimhood first.
wsucram15 Added Jun 24, 2017 - 3:24pm
Jeff.. Roper was trying to make me upset...get a rise out of me by calling me Sara (someone else he feels superior to).
I don't care what he thinks, I did ask him not to comment my threads though. I do not comment his, because I respect even people that do not deserve it.  But your comment was funny.
Jeff Michka Added Jun 24, 2017 - 4:48pm
wsucram15 sez: Roper was trying to make me upset...get a rise out of me by calling me Sara (someone else he feels superior to).- Geeze, that's his "purpose?"  Well, never really tire reminding people he is a Nazi.  Given the statement he made, he's clearly missing Adolf and his other "friends" here.  Hope you can make it to DC, AND MY SENATORS AND REPS ARE GOING TO HEAR ABOUT THIS whole scene your article is about AND about the latest "Healthcare Bill" "humor."  Yup a whole bunch of lives at stake.  What is so funny is the "Heroin Capitol of the US" (OH) will have handfuls of "good white people" ODing, just like those terrible people they hate with black or brown skin they want to see dying.  Headstones up?
wsucram15 Added Jun 24, 2017 - 5:12pm
Yeah Jeff..  " I dont want it near schools" (slams hand) " In my neighborhood, we'll keep it in  the dark people..you know the coloreds."  It was always intended for them.  Maybe thats why Maryland is in a state of emergency over that and there is no end in sight.
But they are starting to help now since its no longer a "dark problem", except the gov want s to cut it off..
Jeff Michka Added Jun 24, 2017 - 6:21pm
wsucram15 notes: Maybe thats why Maryland is in a state of emergency over that and there is no end in sight.-Well, if their press is to be believed, then mobsters are just "another drug company" where profits come before any moral responsibility.  -The other laugh is the gov't refusing to acknowledge the practice of "good white people" selling their wives and kids down at Motel 6 to pay for their heroin.  Once again, wasn't it just "those people" that did stuff like that?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jun 25, 2017 - 5:54am
Jeanne
 
I thought too this was about batteries ;-) Then I started to read and thought: You guys really have a problem with that healthcare issue. I will never understand why the people in the US can be against a general health care system as we have it here in Switzerland. I for example pay approx. 250 $ a month for compulsory health insurance, and whatever meds or treatment I need, the insurance pays 90% of the bill, I have to pay 10%.
 
When people think that a compulsory health insurance for all is a meddling in their privacy or start to yell socialism they probably would need drugs (paid by an insurance....) to cure their delusions....
Jeff Michka Added Jun 25, 2017 - 1:20pm
SEFa sex: never understand why the people in the US can be against a general health care system-Because they've been told to be upset about it.  Look at the reactions of Billy and Leroy.  "Free dumb and liberty" preclude "commie healthcare," and the awful intrusion into lives by that bad ol' gov't.  "We're 'Muricans!! Long live John Wayne!  Healthcare is for commies!!" Idiots.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jun 25, 2017 - 2:33pm
Jeff
 
LOL. Yep. One calls that "framing" in psychology.
 
SEFa sex
 
HEHEHEHE that one beats it for today. In my age, or, the age of my wife, sex IS safe LOL
 
wsucram15 Added Jun 26, 2017 - 7:16pm
SEF..
we have an issue becuase like I have said repeatedly, it is about the money.  78 million dollars so far this year in donations to govt, came from lobbyists for Pharmaceuticals. I forget the other numbers, they are in the article somewhere. But there is another 50 million or so from healthcare.
That doesnt count what hasnt been reported.
In the US, healthcare is not about health, it is about profit.  Mostly for those medicines which many times do more harm than good.
Jeff Michka Added Jun 26, 2017 - 8:47pm
wsucram15 sez: In the US, healthcare is not about health, it is about profit.  Mostly for those medicines which many times do more harm than good. - Selling you a disease, like all the garbage prescription meds for "IBS," and other so-called diseases that go back to crap dietary practices, and most people annoyingly have "symptoms" popping pills MIGHT solve, but selling the "disease" is what counts in getting idiots to unquestionably walk into their doctors and demand some brand prescription at $800 a month because they live on a diet of McGarbage.  Huh?
wsucram15 Added Jun 27, 2017 - 11:44am
Jeff,
McGarbage is definitely American. But one of my meds is East German from 1912. One created by McNeil Pharmaceuticals in 1998 and the last Was Glaxo-Smith Kline in 1994.
In 2001, I was put on a combination of these medicines and have not had a seizure since.   I would say for a neurological disorder that is VERY difficult to control...I am very grateful to be doing well.   At one time as I outlined those medicines were ridiculously expensive and I had to have help to pay for them since having a pre-exisiting condition at one time was almost impossible to get insurance for.
 
Look there are side effects to my meds that I do not like, and can say that I wont take meds unless it is absolutely necessary.  I will try to find a natural alternative instead, meditate, anything before adding a pill, shot or other form of unnatural pharmaceutical into my person.
 
I have two doctors I have known for years, my neurologist (27 yrs) and my PCP (25yrs), I can question them without any shit coming from them about my questions.  Both know I prefer NOT to add a script to my daily diet.
 
But they dont treat everything and I have been misdiagnosed. I just research stuff before I use it.  I  have been taking medicines for too long not to.
 
I do believe that in America, we are programmed to live like junkies. IT may not feel that way, but instead of pilates, yoga, acupuncture (which I swear by), water therapy, etc... for your back pain.. you get injections, surgery and pain pills.   Why? Alternative medicine hasnt been bought out yet by big pharma. 
wsucram15 Added Jun 27, 2017 - 11:45am
PS..SEF, I changed the title...K?
Leroy Added Jun 27, 2017 - 3:19pm
Geez.  I thought this was going to be about target shooting and assault weapons.
wsucram15 Added Jun 27, 2017 - 4:20pm
Leroy..no pleasing you..
Bill H. Added Jun 27, 2017 - 5:23pm
 
When the Trumpies who have been commanded by the Orange Buffoon to scream about "Obamacare" lose their health insurance (or have their premium doubled), they will be the first begging to bring it back.
wsucram15 Added Jun 27, 2017 - 6:47pm
It will happen exactly like that.  Its going to go up until 2020 I believe and then its projected to drop..but you know health insurance increases EVERY year...so good luck with that.
Jeff Michka Added Jun 27, 2017 - 7:35pm
 wsucram15 notes:  I do believe that in America, we are programmed to live like junkies.-Won't disagree with that and sorry, yet glad to hear there's some medicinal controls for your condition.  Side effects hopefully are not disabling.  We're all about to get really whacked hard by insurance costs where nothing will be gotten in return except industry profits.  We should, I'm told sit around and hand wring over the deep state and not do anything. 
Jeff Michka Added Jun 27, 2017 - 7:37pm
Leroy sez: Geez.  I thought this was going to be about target shooting and assault weapons. - And we can hear, once again about how if Leroy was "on the job," gun waving, everyone would be safe.  How is gun waving at incoming storm surge working out for you?
wsucram15 Added Jun 27, 2017 - 7:49pm
Jeff..many will be LUCKY to have insurance , most will have HDHP insurance.
Mike Haluska Added Jun 29, 2017 - 12:29pm
Why anyone as passionate and invested in this topic as wsucram would advocate that the Federal Government be responsible for his well-being is beyond me.  Look at how the Federal Government runs the VA hospitals and how totally unaccountable (until Trump) they are.
 
Please - someone explain why so many people just can't get enough of lousy, uncaring, incompetent, inadequate healthcare services from the Feds!!!
George N Romey Added Jun 29, 2017 - 7:42pm
I wrote an article around last Christmas here on WB about an elderly man that was feeding his wheelchair bound and handicap son pizza at a local pizza hut.  To the day I die I will never forget the love in both eyes and how patient the father was, never stopped talking to his son and his son smiling back.
 
I thought about as a father the prom nights that he would never see his son attend, the college he got accepted into, the women he would marry and the wedding, the first professional job out of college.  
 
Jesus said we judged on how we take care of the least of us yet the bible thumpers on this site somehow think these people should just "take care of themselves."  What a bunch of cry babies.  Maybe they should have led the life that father has endured. 
Jeff Michka Added Jun 29, 2017 - 7:42pm
Mikey HaHaHaluska sez: why so many people just can't get enough of lousy, uncaring, incompetent, inadequate healthcare services from the Feds!!! - Because the Feds, other than VA AREN'T SUPPLYING HEALTHCARE.  ACA was about health insurance, rightist minion.  Get it right, far right, but correctly if you're going to whine like a stuck pig.
Jeff Michka Added Jun 29, 2017 - 7:44pm
"Those people" should just line up at St. Judes or nearest Shriner's hospital to get health services from charitable americans, right, Mikey?

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