⚠️ THREAD: According to the HHS Dept., appx. 130 MILLION non-elderly Americans have pre-existing conditions which would likely get them either denied coverage or charged so much for coverage they’d be effectively priced out of the market. 1/
THREAD: Snapshots of our broken Healthcare system. Without even approaching universal healthcare or medicare for all, these snapshots from personal life experience bring into stark relief WHY the U.S. Healthcare system is in a trash heap.\1
In December, I was hospitalized for a minor intestinal infection. During my evening, a staff doctor visited and told me she was shocked they hospitalized me. She said typically patients are just sent home with medication, but THIS hospital admitted 'everyone for everything' \ 2
During my 36 hours, they did everything they could to push every conceivable EXPENSIVE test on me. I had migraines, diagnosed 25 years ago, occasionally, so they wanted to run new MRIs and CT scans \ 3
⚠️⚠️⚠️ THREAD: On the 1-year anniversary of the @HouseGOP passing the #AHCA (to repeal the #ACA), how many Americans would’ve lost their healthcare coverage in YOUR Congressional District?
1/ One year ago today, the @HouseGOP passed the #AHCA, which would have repealed the #ACA and replaced it with a plan which the CBO projected would cause 24 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026: cbo.gov/publication/52…
#RudyGiuliani is up to no good. He's not suddenly senile. He's admitting to the Cohen repayment to preempt evidence in the Cohen files & he's admitting obstruction re Comey that Mueller was initially brought on to probe for an excuse to fire him if settled & the job is *done*.
WoW. I usually have to wait a lot longer for confirmation of my theories. @JoyAnnReid
Bet Trump already has a deal w/ Ryan & McConnell to allow toothless reprimand/censure from Congress -- as opposed to impeachment -- for his now-admitted obstruction of justice in firing @Comey. Huge move. HE'S GEARING UP TO FIRE #MUELLER, IMHO. @JoyAnnReid
"We support the heroes of law enforcement...We defend our flag and we honor our flag. And if others honored our flag they'd be much better off wouldn't they?"-@realDonaldTrump@POTUS Washington, Michigan H/T @GST_Politics
More hospital for me, today.
The rest of you, remember to breathe and keep the toxic at bay.
And take in some beauty.
The tulips and daffodils are in bloom!
Thanks so much to all the lovely, kind people wishing me well. Your support is so vital.
It was a harrowing day. #Cancer is a slog, but I am managing (except for some trolls who have sad lives).
I remain grateful for all of you, for great docs, for my fab fam.
Thank you. 💜🌿
Filing columns from hospital beds is exhausting.
Once, when I was at @PhillyDailyNews, before email was a thing, I wrote my copy long-hand from the ICU. That story, about the ICU, was later nom'd for Pulitzer, but all I remember was thinking those might be my last written words.
BREAKING: Trump's radical leaked “public charge” reg that will separate families, discriminate against ppl w/disabilities & effectively deny healthcare & other basics to legal immigrants & citizen kids just moved to OMB, meaning could be dropped soon reginfo.gov/public/do/eoDe… 1/
What is “public charge?” It’s an arcane immigration provision, designed to exclude immigrants who would be primarily dependent on govt for subsistence. Traditionally that's meant that they rely on cash assistance for subsistence or receive Medicaid for long-term care. 2/
The draft executive order would radically redefine “public charge” in three ways that would mean millions of legal immigrants and US citizens would be affected. 3/
After six hearings and over 30 hours of testimony, the Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage has released its report and recommendations for paths forward: healthcare.assembly.ca.gov/sites/healthca…
Here are some of the select committee's findings:
Despite four million Californians gaining health coverage thanks to the #ACA, three million residents remain uninsured.
California’s lowest-earning families are the most likely to struggle from having inconsistent sources of health care.
The funny thing about this @Heritage analysis bashing the #ACA is that I agree 100% with everything I’ve quoted here. Yes, #ACA regulations like denying pre-existing condition discrimination, requiring EHBs & so on DID cause most of the rate hikes… 1/
…which is why tax credits need to be beefed up to cover the bulk of the increase. Alternately, we could impose price controls on doctors, hospitals, drug cos, device makers etc. Take your pick. What ISN’T an option anymore is “keeping costs down” by kicking the sick to the curb.
If you want to *significantly* cut down on how much *patients* pay for healthcare (beyond nibbling around the edges via “increased efficiency’ & the like), there’s really only 3 ways to do it:
—Throw the sick under the bus
—Reduce how much providers receive
—Increase tax funding
20 states seek to hold Roberts to his saving construction: "Because this recent amendment renders legally impossible #SCOTUS prior savings construction of ACA's core provision—the individual mandate—the Court should hold that the ACA is unlawful and enjoin its operation."
COUNT ONE: "Declaratory Judgment That the Individual Mandate of the ACA Exceeds Congress’s Article I Constitutional Enumerated Powers"
CA Dems declined to endorse @SenFeinstein for senate this past weekend calling for "new blood." Before we dismiss the 84 year old senator who broke gender barriers by becoming the first woman senator from California, let's look at Dianne Feinstein's long history #ImWithDianne
Dianne Feinstein began her career in 1970 when she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She was the 1st female president of the board in 1978 when Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated. Feinstein discovered Milk's & and announced his death
Feinstein succeeded Moscone as Mayor of San Francisco as the 1st woman to hold that position. In 1992 Feinstein & Barbara Boxer were elected to the senate on the same ballot. They were the 1st women CA senators. In 2012 she claimed the record for the most popular votes w/ 7.75m
There have been many attacks on the #ACA from the GOP over the years, and many of these have undermined, sabotaged and weakened it. Two of the biggest and most damaging attacks were the #RiskCorridorMassacre (spearheaded by @marcorubio) and the mandate repeal. 2/
The #RiskCorridorMassacre led or contributed to a domino effect of over a dozen insurers going belly-up, kicking over 800K off their policies, reducing competition, putting hundreds out of work and causing mass confusion while driving up rates. acasignups.net/16/08/31/retur… 3/
What does this mean? It means the funding sources the @GOP has used to prop up rancid puppets like Roy Moore and hoped to use for Arpaio is gone. It also means that the @GOP is no longer going to be able to keep their reverse laundromat: #Resistance @GOP ==> Trump, Inc ==> ??
Trump, Inc. has been absolutely voracious in getting money. From inappropriate spending at T properties (100% of it) to hats to overcharging the @GOP for basic services, stealing the money from the inauguration, plus the phony Innaug contributors.
I can't afford my #healthcare after Feb. 28 because my monthly premium leapt to $1,978.10 in January.
I'm re-applying for #Medicaid and #SSDI, but no one should have to do this in America.
I am just one of millions.
I've been angry since Nov. 9, 2016.
I'm not by nature an angry person.
But when you're fighting for your literal life, you're in constant pain & you have to fight a system dedicated to crushing sick/#disabled people, it's enraging.
All over America people are crowdfunding
Not artistic works or small films or books but
THINGS THAT WILL KEEP US FROM DYING.
I had another life-threatening heart/lung episode today.
I'm not sure how much of it had to do with my cutting my heart meds back to once a day while appealing the increased price by my health insurance from $120 for 60 pills to $1k for 60 pills.
We had to call 9/11.
I couldn't afford to go to the hospital--when you call 9/11 the city charges you $1,200 for the trip to nearest hospital.
They only accept cash.
The EMTs checked me out, told me to take the heart meds the way they were prescribed, established I wasn't in VFib, just SVT AFib.
So all day, instead of doing work that needs to be done, I have been trying to get my heart rate under 140, which given my lung meds increase my heart rate, has been more work: breathing exercises my PT taught me, single nostril breathing @HillaryClinton taught me (try it).
Some things in the first year were fun: meeting like-minded people, the #scifi characters, learning how to take effective action. Celebrating #victories like beating the #ACA repeal bills.
A lot of it wasn't fun - the threats of nuclear war, the daily stress of bad news. 2
Follow parties were fun, and a good way to promote a message and raise awareness, connect with other resistors and grow our followings. They had themes and served a purpose and there was about about one a month. 3 #PartyWithAPurpose#trending#amplify#effective
If you're claiming Trump wasn't that bad in 2017, you missed #NeilGorsuch--the youngest #SCOTUS justice who'll be on the court for 40yrs if he stays to be #RuthBaderGinsburg's age--being ensconced in a stolen seat instead of one of the women or POC on @HillaryClinton's list.
If you're claiming Trump didn't do that much damage, you don't know any women who use birth control, who might be raped, who might want to have a baby or not, who might have been sexually assaulted on campus or at work.
Trump made the lives of all these women much harder.
A Twitter False Positive for Dodgy Activity Deep Sixed My Account in the Wee Hours last night. This broke the @paper_li automatic tweet Announcing The #AltGov Daily, The #Indivisible Times, the White House Press Daily, and my other Papers. Apologies for the Inconvenience.
2330hrs EST December 21 2017 Now Regenerating the White House Press Daily for Edits/Updates/Additions
2330hrs EST December 21 2017 Now Regenerating the #AltGov Daily for Edits/Updates/Additions
Women are the majority in America.
Stop calling issues essential to our survival #identitypolitics.
We are paid 3/4--or less--than men are for the same work.
We are 80% of the minimum wage workers.
We are the majority of the working class & the working poor.
Single mothers and women over 65 are the poorest people in America.
So when you talk about "economic justice" and the #FightFor15 you're talking about WOMEN--not the white guy Trumpers & Berners the MSM keeps writing about.
The claim of #identitypolitics is meant to shut down discourse on #ReproJustice--but nothing contributes more to women's economic inequality than being forced to have children before she's finished school or is financially ready.
If you acquire a new home, you can only deduct $750,000 in interest, compared to $1,000,000.00 before. This could impact many homes in California, NY, and in a lot of urban areas that vote Democrat. #TrumpTax Plan 2/?
The #StudentLoan interest deduction will remain. Because they did not repeal all of the #EstateTax they just raised the exemption from 5 million to 10 million. #GOPTaxPlan 3/?