This is my son. Just hours old. 3 tiny pounds. He was born growth restricted and premature at 32 weeks gestation. I had preeclampsia.
Next year, in 2018 if not sooner, if Obamacare is repealed, he will no longer be eligible for health insurance. Because of something that happened to my body, before he was even born. This is the greatest terror of motherhood I have ever faced.
That is the reality of this.
My family? We can deal. We’re solidly privileged middle class white folks. But this disproportionately effects people of color, LGBTQIA folks, poor and rural communities. Veterans.
This is real. This is unacceptable. Call your legislators. Both sides of the aisle. Tell them what this will cost, in money, in time, in health, in human lives. People WILL die, in agony, unable to afford medicine and treatment. Please call your legislators and ask that they do the right thing. Protect my son. Protect all our children.
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The Senate voted The Senate voted 51 to 48:
1. To end coverage for preexisting conditions, veterans benefits, and aid to rural hospitals.
2. To remove discrimination protection for women in healthcare.
3. Against the provision allowing children to remain on their parent’s insurance till the age of 26.
4. To cut off funding for the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
5. Against ACA contraceptive coverage and maternity care provision.
6. To direct committees to send budget legislation to defund and repeal the Affordable Care Act.
For those who get health insurance through work, no pre-existing conditions.
Lifetime caps for coverage are back for everyone.
Real and disastrous actions are being taken that will affect more than just the 20-30 million people who will lose their health care coverage and the 3 million people who will lose their jobs.
Despite their assertions of this being an action to “repeal and replace,” no viable alternative plan has been proposed.
The House votes Friday. As of this moment, no replacement exists.
Find your representatives here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/