Oh my gosh, oh my gosh…Obamacare Aka: The Affordable Care Act is saved! I’m saved, the American Public’s health is saved… I cannot tell you how much I have prayed and prayed for the Affordable Care Act to stay. Without it I might have lost my health care coverage and I would have been then very screwed over! I mean, not that long along ago I was sick for nearly a month with a sinus infection and bronchitis. If it wasn’t for ACA, I could have been worse. I might caught pneumonia…or worse…. For my bronchitis, I had to get an inhaler but the one I got was the cheapest. It was like about $70. Can you imagine how much I could have got that medication without ACA? Yeah…neither can I.
In fact I stumbled on this pic not too long along ago on the cost of medication here in the U.S. versus Canada:
This is only to name a few, but this just shows the ridiculous pricing in the U.S. for medication. I get it…it’s supply and demand, but really? C’mon there’s gotta be a code of ethics when it comes to the pricing of medication (and we’re not even talking about the price to seeing the doctors and undergoing testing for medical conditions). But for now the ACA is the best we’ve got. The ACA is still in its infancy and just like any game, car, house, heck… law (or anything in that matter) it will need updating.
But for the moment, I am so so so happy that the ACA is saved. The next things that needs saving is government programs (EPA), PBS (Grew up with that station, loved it. Want kids to love and grow up with it too), save our schools (e.g. arts program)…basically we need to protect America and the future citizens who will benefit from those programs too. And I will keep praying to ensure that.
For more information on *coughs Trump’s major loss* the ACA, check out the links below:
In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails
Ryan Pulls “Fundamentally Flawed” GOP Health Care Bill Following Call From Trump
Trump Asks Ryan to Pull Vote on GOP Healthcare Overhaul Amid Collapsing Support
In addition to President Obama to being the first Black President, he has done so much over the past 8 years to ensure the well being and civil rights of Americans throughout this great nation. He has tried his best and I have to say it has been an honor to have been under his administration. Though it was not without its difficulties and hurdles, he tried despite the oppositions facing him to prevent him from fulfilling the promises he made even before he held office.
I am trying not to cry because he has meant so much to me and not just as an African American, but as a woman and a human being. He has done so much especially in regards to health:
Affordable Care Act
(Technically made up of two laws: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) & the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-152). See article on Affordable Care Act.)
Justice for All Re-authorization Act of 2016 (S. 2577)
Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S. 2680)
Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights (H.R. 5578)
The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646)
The 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34)
It’s too hard to say good-bye to such a good man who all but wanted to help his fellow American be their their very best.
Think the Affordable Care Act is waste of taxpayer dollars? Well think again. It has greatly contributed to women’s health including mine and because of this act, I am eternally grateful. I would have not been treated for my fibroid, I would not have been treated for my mental health and I would not have received free HIV/AIDS and STI testing after being sexually assaulted. Before this act, I would not have been able to have insurance, because I already had an existing condition before getting a new health insurance policy…not to mention it was freakin’ expensive for just for lil’ old me! This act forces health insurance to open up their doors for many people living pre-existing, chronic conditions
To not have this health care in assistance, would be ridiculous, because one:
- This is best there is and with a little love, care and support, we can make the Affordable Care Act better every year. Remember, this act is still in it’s infancy. Nothing great happens over night, especially when it comes to bettering the lives of millions of Americans.
- We are the United State of America for crying out loud! How is it we are the nation of the “free” world and we don’t have even have free health care for our people?!?! Why is it that Canada and United Kingdom have free healthcare and we don’t? What the hell is up with that? Yeah they pay higher taxes, but at least it’s going into healthcare for their respective nations. And I wouldn’t mind paying higher taxes if it went back of taking care of me and everyone else in this nation. Watch Sicko and you’ll understand why.
- The Republican party does not have a plan. They say there is, but action speaks louder than words. They don’t even have an outline of a new healthcare system, much less a plan.
- Why would you take something away when you don’t even have a backup??? I mean…c’mon…
Anywho this little graphic from the Ultraviolet website, will explain the importance of saving this monumental act.
I know that bills/acts are not the most exciting things to learn about, but these particular bills and acts are crucial to you and/or your loved one’s mental health and your protected rights as an American citizen. As this year comes to a close, I wanted to highlight the accomplishments/milestones that has been accomplished for this year :
- The celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (U.S.)
- The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare (U.S.)
- December 3rd will be forever known as International Day of Persons with Invisible Disabilities
- The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (U.S.)
- Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 (S.1945) was instated
- The Mental Health and Safe Communities Act (U.S.)
- The 21st Century Cures bill (U.S.)
- The Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act of 2015 (S.993) (U.S.)
- Medicare Formulary Improvement Act (S.648) (U.S.)
- A $400 Billion Budget (or the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016; H.R. 2029) was established and approved for the year 2016 for Mental Health. The budget will increase funding in mental health research, mental health services, supportive housing, veterans, and criminal justice (U.S.)
- The re-approved and expansive funds toward the Mentally Ill Offender and Treatment Crime Reduction Act or MIOTCRA. This act includes veterans treatment courts, training for law enforcement & correctional officers on how to respond individuals experiencing psychiatric crises and alternatives to solitary confinement (U.S.)
- The upholding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) especially for those living with mental illness. The ACA (Public Law 111-148)
allows people living with mental illness to keep their health insurance (U.S.)
Not bad, not bad…. See this is what happens when we voice our stories living mental illness… This is what happens when we take part advocating for ourselves and each other….Let’s continue to take part in these activities as we take go into 2016! We still have some work to do!
For more information on these bills and acts, click on the article links below:
In the process…..
Ah, medication…. It can be so expensive. According to the American Psychology Association, in 2011, Americans spent $11 billion dollars on antidepressants. Let us take a closer at the prices. According to the Consumer Reports website, for example, a generic brand of the 75mg tablet of Buproprion can cost $53. Whereas, the wellbutrin brand of the 75 mg tablet of Buproprion cost $283.
Wait??? It costs that much? I wouldn’t have known that, all thanks to the Affordable Care Act. I pay about $30 for Wellbutrin. One time without insurance, I had to pay $118 for a antibiotic. That’s not even including to see the doctor! Well I have some info to help those who cannot afford or even spend so much on medication. Click on the sites below for more information:
Best Antidepressant Treatments: See which drugs and other options that could help you the most
Three Tips to Save Big on Prescription Drugs
Blogger Sari Botton, posted an except by Margo Jefferson author of her memoir, Negroland. As I really, could identify with the author as an African American woman myself. It is fustrating as a black woman to not be able to be show vulnerability, because of how American and Black America perceives the Black Woman as a sign of strength. And don’t get me wrong, being depicted as such is a great thing! I think that trait is one of the most positive stereotypes for Black Woman; a trait that should be more celebrated and recognized than the deogrotary stereotypes towards us. But like all strong people, we too can get weak, get depressed… I mean we’re people too dammit!😤 Can’t I be vulnerable for even one moment? Anyways I could go on, but I would rather you read the excerpt for yourself.
Click on the link below for more information:
Source: ‘Too Strong for That’: Margo Jefferson on Depression as Taboo in Affluent Black America
Again just a friendly reminder on how the Affordable Care Act can help your behavioral health.