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In news coverage of the GOP health care bill, outlets should be asking how in the hell they justify premium hikes for survivors of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence – all considered pre-existing conditions under the AHCA.

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Also, this:

https://www.vox.com/2017/5/4/15542990/republican-health-bill-ahca-medicaid-victims

Go back and read the list of preexisting conditions again. Do you see erectile dysfunction? Prostate cancer? Interesting, no? Yet pregnancy is on the list, as is breast cancer.

And you may suffer from one or more listed items. If so, the House has voted yesterday to take away your health insurance.*

*I should have said, “make your health insurance (vastly, possibly prohibitively) more expensive.”

“My friend and I chatted yesterday about this repeal, as chronically ill and disabled people, this is not the first time we have faced people implying we would be better off dead.

Not like economic access to health care has ever been easy, it DEFINITELY hasn’t for me. I don’t have access to the meds I need which causes me to be bed bound most of the time with high levels of chronic pain & chronic fatigue.  

But when your government outright says things like “people who lead good lives don’t need healthcare”, when they pass laws that make it THAT much harder for your vulnerable and sick to get the help they need,  I am not being hyperbolic when I say, it’s a death sentence, it’s systemic genocide. People WILL die. People ARE dying.  

My friend and I feel hopeless at able silence, feel ignored, as we crawl our ways through life without access to the medical care we need, and invisible as our lives are lost and will be lost, and the more privileged will not wake up, they will not bat an eye.” 

(Link to twitter thread)

Regardless of the number of Democrats in the House, the number of people who are affected, 24 million [people] who would lose their care, I’m depending on public opinion…. The fact is the more we point out the shortcomings of the legislation, the fewer votes [Republicans] will have.

“I am a cancer survivor. My journey began with an early screening at Planned Parenthood in 2008, after which I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I get follow-up testing every year to ensure that I remain healthy, and alive, so the A.C.A. is crucial for me. My sister is also a breast cancer survivor, and she relies on Medicaid to take care of herself and her three children. My mother has a chronic illness. My health and the health of those closest to me will be in great jeopardy if the A.C.A. is repealed.” — Natarsha McQueen, Brooklyn


If We Lose Our Health Care … By the NY Times Editorial Board

📷 : Joshua Bright for The New York Times

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The Affordable Care Act replacement plan championed by President Trump would hurt low-income people in rural areas that voted heavily for the Republican last fall, according to an NPR analysis of data on proposed subsidy changes from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The new changes in tax credits and subsidies for older Americans are a big reason many Republicans are hesitant to get behind the American Health Care Act, which is set for a vote in the House on Thursday.

Health Care Plan Championed By Trump Hurts Counties That Voted For Him

Charts by Alyson Hurt, Katie Park and Tyler Fisher

The best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It’s exploding right now.
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President Trump said on Friday after the GOP health care bill went down.

The law has its problems — but it is far from “exploding,” using any reasonable definition of the word. Here is a quick rundown of where the Affordable Care Act stands right now: what’s going well and what’s not-so-great.