Happy Friday, y’all!
Let's talk about Medicare and Medicaid, shall we?
A lot of folks are debating Medicare and Medicaid funding and some politicians have proposed radical changes to both programs. I’ve heard from advocacy groups representing the poor and seniors…but I haven’t seen interviews with groups representing a huge population that would be fucked over if Medicare and Medicaid are dismantled in favor of unproven reform-based fubarity – the disabled.
Longtime readers know that my sister and I are co-guardians for our older brother. My brother is autistic and relies on coverage from both Medicare and Medicaid.
He isn’t getting over or participating in a hustle…trust me.
Last year my brother’s primary care physician opted to no longer take patients with Medicaid, so I had the joy of trying to find another provider in a city where fewer and fewer doctors are seeing patients with Medicaid.
The reason behind a doctor’s decision to no longer accept Medicaid patients is clear – the program is slow to pay and doesn’t provide adequate coverage.
But that’s not what these politicians are trying to "fix."
Rather than address the issues within the program that would alleviate the burden placed on doctors and patients, these callous knaves seek only to slash funding.
And trust me on this too – funding is already lacking because of the issues within the program that are placing a burden on doctors and patients.
With another generation of autistic children becoming autistic adults, we can no longer afford for the disabled to remain unspoken for in this debate.
People like my brother are part of this equation...BIG TIME.
I’d love for policy folks to work on instilling some efficiency…something tells me that would also cut costs without cutting coverage.
But I’m not seeing that…I guess it would be too much like “right.”
As a guardian and an advocate I’m speaking this shit out into the universe – Medicaid isn’t a program for lazy freeloaders and Medicare isn’t a program for solvent retirees who could afford other coverage but opt not to.
This isn’t about stereotypes…this debate is real as hell for millions of Americans…and I’ll be damned if the spin takes out yet another program my brother needs because some motherfucker with political aspirations what’s to pander to his gleefully ignorant base.
We need to revise our definitions to include all the people who actually use these programs…
….because Medicare and Medicaid recipients reflect the kind of diversity Congress should.