News Update

Hi, folks! I’ve been in the process of moving and getting ready to spend a couple of months doing research and visiting relatives in Portugal, so things have been kind of hectic and I haven’t gotten to fully sort through the submissions I have hanging in my email. However, I don’t want to go too long without posting anything, so here’s a news/features update on the American Health Care Act.

The Atlantic ran a good piece yesterday titled “How Kids Would Fare Under the American Health Care Act” that highlights the parts of the bill that would allow for states to cap funding specifically for children and pregnant women. The bill has the potential to thrash Medicaid, which would be devastating to children, particularly kids from low-income families or kids with special needs. I have an acquaintance whose son has neuroblastoma. His life shouldn’t be in jeopardy at all, but it definitely shouldn’t be in jeopardy because of insurance coverage.

Earlier today in New Orleans, a group of activists staged a “die-in” at Tulane Medical Center. Many of the protestors were aligned with the group Indivisible, and the funeral-themed rally was meant to convey the potential loss of coverage, which could result easily in loss of life, being threatened via the AHCA. Some of the protestors showed up dressed as the Grim Reaper or holding signs shaped like tombstones. A full news feature ran on www.bestofneworleans.com.

According to Healthcare Finance News, Senate Republicans are seriously reconsidering the American Health Care Act. This feature, which ran on May 17th, claims that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch has said that he would not mind holding off the repeal of the ACA mandate until 2020, or indefinitely, and that several Republican Senators agree. The article also states that the Congressional Budget Office is set to release the expected costs and impacts of the AHCA on Monday, which would be the 22nd.

Please, if you like the idea of this site, keep sending me your writing. Keep sending me your gut-wrenching lines about life on the edge of a pre-existing condition. Keep sending me you heartwarming hopes for the future, too. And most importantly, keep standing up for each other in the face of a government that seems to care much more about the fiscal bottom line than about the people they are meant to serve.

Also, while it is unrelated to healthcare, I’d like to draw your attention to the global attacks against LGBT rights, particularly the situation in Texas and the situation in Chechnya right now, which I’ve written about on my personal blog here. (Then again, considering that some places are listing “transsexualism” as a pre-existing condition, LGBT rights definitely belong here too.)

Go forth and do good.

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