Life is a Pre-Existing Condition

Author: Alli Jean, Current Events/Politics

After yesterday,  it’s a bit easier to imagine what the victims of the Titanic sinking must have felt in those final hours before the ship went down.

The lives of the privileged were seen as being more important, and while they were led to safety, thousands of middle and lower class passengers were sentenced to die. Thanks to the GOP Healthcare Vote in the House of Representatives yesterday, unless you’re a member of Congress who can afford to not be concerned, someone close to you will be negatively affected by this bill should it become law if passed by the Senate.

And while whether or not that happens is still up in the air, there are a number of truly chilling things to consider when analyzing today’s events, and the fact that 24 million people could lose their health insurance. Among the most frightening revelations from today…

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Republicans Care About Their Family, But Not Yours
Proverbs 31:6-7: Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.

That’s right, the solution Republican lawmakers have spent seven years writing is not good enough for themselves, as there’s a provision in the repeal that exempts members of Congress from the law. Let that sink in.. we elected these people and the best they can come up with isn’t good enough for themselves?

Also, tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans were included. Not to mention the fact that in several interviews with House Republicans today, many admitted to not even reading the bill in its entirety. If our elected officials have the work ethic of a high school English student hoping to fake their way through a Shakespeare quiz, they don’t deserve to be in office, and certainly shouldn’t have the audacity to put the lives of 99% of the population in jeopardy.

And while I should point out that there were several Republicans who voted against the bill today, the face that a leading political group voted to legalize blocking preventative healthcare should have us very, very worried.

The GOP and Trump Lied About the Repeal.. Over and Over Again
Jeremiah 30:17: For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast.

How many times did we hear Trump say that he would come up with the biggest, Hugest replacement for the “disaster” of Obamacare?

While the Affordable Care Act was far from perfect, this repeal will cause 24 million Americans to lose coverage, while opening the door for millions more who will, due to the provisions surrounding pre-existing conditions and the state by state market places that would be set up. Even this week, Trump proclaimed that his bill would keep the provision to prevent insurance companies from discriminating patients based on pre-existing conditions, but as evidenced by today’s vote and the beer-fest by Republicans afterwards, Paul Ryan and Trump celebrated at and toasted their “victory.”

Perhaps the most tragic part about today is that there are millions of hard-working Trump supporters who were promised protection and cheaper insurance premiums, only to be tricked by Trump, who cares about no one but the wealthy cronies he can rely on to perpetuate his brand and image as a success.

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Matthew 14:14: When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

The list of “pre-existing” conditions is truly sickening (no pun intended). Many are hereditary and completely un-preventable (including hemophilia, high cholesterol, asthma, celiac disease, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s). Other pre-existing conditions are directly related to mental health, including eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia, schizophrenia, anxiety, OCD, panic disorders and seasonal affective disorder.

This decision is a death sentence for anyone who develops chronic illness, including a multitude of cancers, heart disease, diabetes, HIV, asthma, gout, cardiac issues, and the list goes on and on.

How can a group of people who preach family values require pregnant women to pay more for health insurance? How can a largely Christian group of men prey on individuals that are already marginalized due to their socioeconomic status, mental state, race, sexual orientation/gender identity and how are victims of domestic assault and rape being punished?

Essentially, Congress has made being a woman a pre-existing condition. And as Jimmy Kimmel shared this week, a baby born with a heart disorder or other chronic disease faces the possibility of never getting health insurance. Explain how that is “pro-life.”

Let me say it again. Unless you are a member of Congress, you WILL be affected if this repeal is enacted by the Senate. Depending on where you live, if you or your loved ones experience any of these conditions, your healthcare will skyrocket. And remember, getting laid off or becoming unable to work could become a death sentence.

Our lives depend on fighting this together.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

Betsy DeVos Confirmed, But Voices Still Heard

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Current Events/Politics

This story is not for or against Betsy DeVos and will not discuss her politics – we have already discussed all of the Trump Cabinet nominees.

Rather, we’ll discuss the fact that what makes the DeVos appointment confirmation different is what has led up to it.

We’ve heard on and off for weeks about a barrage of names, from former Breitbart Executive Chair Steve Bannon to Jeff Sessions to Neil Gorsuch. And while they’ve all had their fair amount of press and opinions from both sides related to their respective nominations, none have had the press that the DeVos nomination and today’s subsequent confirmation has.

But aside from the press and the storm of social media posts calling for congress to not, in fact, confirm DeVos, we witnessed a number of Washington notables raise their voices against the nomination.

It’s worth noting that this incident was not the first time that Washington notables raised their voices during President Trump’s term (which is, of course, only a little over two weeks old). But instead of a walkout as was staged in the State Department, they went with a filibuster.

Monday, Senate Democrats pledged to stay up all night and hold the floor in protest of the DeVos confirmation. While, according to The Washington Post, they would not be able to prevent the confirmation that would come the next day, the protest shows the type of dedication to a cause and to beliefs that can be admired by millennials and all age groups

While many of us have not been pleased with President Trump’s decisions thus far – we’ve also witnessed a number of movements that showcase both citizens and politicians standing up for what they believe is right (case in point: the Women’s March). I hope that we can continue that trend into the future, and that millennials will continue to make their voices heard — as they did all throughout election season.

Today, Vice President Pence broke the tie with his Senate vote, making the final numbers 51-50 in favor of DeVos. We’re not here to tell you to be in favor or not in favor of that decision. But we are here to tell you that if you were not in favor, don’t get discouraged. Don’t give up the fight for what you believe is right. With enough voices, you can effect change.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.