I keep wanting to write some kind of definitive take on disability and health insurance. Unfortunately, the speed and sheer absurdity of the Trump Administration and Republican Congress' American Health Care Act forces me to slap together more of series of thoughts, and hope they do some good. At the very least, it will do me some good to try.
I decided to hold off on the final post until after the House vote on the AHCA was resolved one way or another, or, you know, ANOTHER.
Post Four: A Positive Message, or What Do We Actually Want?
So, now that the American Health Care Act has been withdrawn ... this version of it anyway ... what kind of health insurance system would actually be good for disabled people? Put another way, if Hillary Clinton were President and there were slight Democratic majorities in Congress, what would the disability community be fighting for in health care?
I don't think we as a movement should spend too much time trying to decide which grand health care scheme we should endorse. Instead, let's focus on what disabled people, specifically, need from ANY health care system.
I would like to suggest three possible criteria:
1. No out of pocket price difference or service restrictions, regardless of disability.
2. Long term care at least as strong and community-based as found in the best state Medicaid programs.
3. Full eligibility for disabled people, regardless of employment status or income.
It may take years before we can once again really focus on disability health care policy we want, and in the meantime, we will probably have to keep playing defense. But just in case we are ever asked, "What do you really want then?" I think it's a good idea to remind ourselves what we are actually after.
What do you want to see in health care policy for disabled people?