The GOP recently revealed a plan that could hit hard on low income Americans in the healthcare front. I’m lucky I have Medicaid for now, but there’s a problem. Tax credits would go to buy healthcare instead of subsidies, and honestly, it’s not good for those whose income cannot be taxed. SSI is not taxable income, so how do we get healthcare? Medicaid also allows me to live a life outside the home, even if a job is not possible due to employer attitude. Blind people are 85% more likely to be unemployed or underemployed and underpaid in jobs. We can’t even buy things we would need for independence and seeking employment such as Braille displays, and the average blind consumer doesn’t have earning power. Therefore, it is apparent that the GOP is not caring enough for those Americans who need the healthcare insurance.
Let’s go away from blindness for a second. Ashley, a mother of an autistic girl, knows firsthand what her daughter needs in therapeutic treatments for the autistic symptoms, but the GOP doesn’t care. Ashley’s daughter was diagnosed at an early age, and Ashley is trying her best to give her daughter the experiences she would otherwise be deprived of. AShley’s insurance may not cover the daughter’s needs because of disability. Tax credits may not be enough to supplement the young girl’s therapy and other things, and Medicaid may be Ashley’s only hope of treatment for her daughter’s autism. WHat will the girl go through in her life due to the GOP healthcare plan? She could face bullying that is over and above what the average girl could face online and in the schoolyard, and she could be discriminated against in healthcare. Ashley’s daughter would probably face more discriminating factors, and the possibility of finding a job and a mate are slim to none. I know from experience that a mate is hard to find, and Trenton is the best choice I’ve made so far because at least he treats women like queens, including his own mother. Most men though they treat their mom like a queen, they would not echo the same sentiment with disabled females. AShley’s husband and daughter are both lucky in that they are both part of Ashley’s life, but the daughter must in any case be able to thrive, not just be a victim or survivor in a family environment that doesn’t always go as planned. Autistic people do not need to be fixed, they need to be able to do things differently as blind people do. But the communication tools that autistics use, mainly for Apple’s iPhone, cost too much on their own. An iPhone or iPad is expensive, and the GOP leader who made that comment about giving up iPhones for healthcare reasons does not understand that healthcare for autistic people may require an iPhone or iPad because Android doesn’t have autistic apps for help and focus as much as we’d like to believe that. Android doesn’t have guided focus settings that I devices have, and Apple integrated Prolokro into their app store which can help an autistic person communicate. Anyway, I am gonna run now.I have a lot to ponder.