I’m not going to write a blog post pretending to know everything that happened yesterday in Washington D.C. I am not going to point fingers. President Trump made a promise to the people to change and replace the Affordable Care Act, so our cancer community has been bracing ourselves for this day. I still have hope the Senate will block this but more importantly I have faith in Connecticut; my home state to do the right thing.
Now if you only think “lazy” people will be affected by these revisions or if you think people like me shouldn’t get “free” handouts please let me explain. I do not get free healthcare. I actually pay $600.00 per month for my plan through the exchange. You are either thinking “wow, that’s a lot,” or “oh, you should pay more”… I cannot afford more, but I’m not complaining because I’m thankful for my health insurance. It would absolutely suck if I couldn’t get good health insurance! Insurance companies hate people like me because I’m “expensive.” I have worked since I was 16 years old, I have paid into the system, I have paid into insurance pools when I was healthy and barely used my insurance. I didn’t ask to get cancer. Now that I need my health insurance to keep me alive insurance companies do not want me.
Does the Affordable Care Act need revisions? Most people say yes, and some people say no. The real question is how to make those revisions so that they don’t hurt millions of people. Like I said, I’m not going to try to explain those details because I'm not an expert on this. My father, who is the CEO of Mental Health America, posted his response about yesterday’s passing vote in the House of Representatives, and what that can mean for anyone with pre-existing conditions. Some of you might find it helpful.
Blog Post written by my father Paul Gionfriddo CEO of Mental Health America
Do you know someone with a pre-existing condition who might be affected? You’re reading my blog… right? Well that means you know at least 1 person! So think of me if you must or think of anyone who has cancer, mental health, intellectual disabilities, Crohn’s, diabetes, heart problems, physical disabilities, or another pre-existing illnesses. Fight for all of us! Call your senators today!
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“These effects will be felt mostly by people with chronic conditions, just as drivers who have accidents and homeowners with storm damage experience increases in their insurance premiums. They will affect people with cancer and heart disease. They will affect millions with serious mental illnesses. This is not something we can ignore or forget as we move forward. Lives are in the balance. -- Paul Gionfriddo