So the Chicago Tribune article is what got me started on the ACA advocacy adventure. This Facebook post is what triggered the design/launch of this web site. I cuss. A lot.
Zeke Emanuel is on CNN saying that Trump’s Rx plan will have modest savings for folks on Medicare but will do nothing for people with private insurance — the majority of America.
The majority of America has private insurance and benefits from ACA (Obamacare) provisions (no pre-ex exclusion, ban on lifetime limits & 26 year olds on parents policy). And that majority is unaware that their insurance is better because of those provisions ... because they’ve been lucky enough to not be really, really sick. Or they got really sick, but no one cut off their chemo mid-regimen because they maxed out their lifetime limit. These are working people who pay a fraction of the cost of insurance because their employer picks up the rest.
The majority of America.
Once again I ask: When will healthcare advocates messaging change rally THE MAJORITY OF AMERICA to join the fight to protect healthcare for all?
I’m not really a mathy-type, but if the mother loving MAJORITY of America realized what they’re about to be cheated out of (isn’t that the real issue these days? A ton of white people who are afraid they’re getting cheated out of something by a brown person or someone who hasn’t worked as hard as they have?) wouldn’t it stand to reason that their involvement would put this unending fight to bed?
No? Better idea to watch disabled advocates getting ripped out of wheelchairs or trolling mothers of chronically ill kids online to tell them how selfish they are for wasting the taxpayers money to keep their child alive? Is that the fight we have to have? Because honestly, guys, I don’t think any asshole who tells a woman to kill her own child is going to ... at some point ... develop compassion and support the effort.
But maybe .... just maybe, if we told the fucking majority of America that an orange guy is about to yank out all the provisions that keep their hard-working asses covered — medically and financially — maybe, perhaps, they’d do something to ... save themselves?
Or not. I don’t know, but I’m so fucking tired of the myopic focus. So fucking tired.