OK, I had my pity day over the Gov. Walker’s win in Wisconsin. It seems the monied interests can spend their way into getting what they want. And I know they want to dismantle what’s been accomplished in health care.
So, I’m ready for the fight to keep what we have — and to build on it.
I don’t know what the Supreme Court will do, but I’m ready for whatever happens.
If the court strikes down the entire law, we’ll start organizing rallies and other events again to educate people about what needs to be done and why. We’ll tell the stories of people who have been helped by the Affordable Care Act already and what they will lose if the law goes away.
If the court strikes down the individual mandate, that likely will do in the rules that insurance companies have to cover pre-existing conditions and at no greater cost to the consumer. You really can’t do that unless everyone is in the pool, so we will push for a public option (let me buy into Medicare).
If the court leaves the law alone, we have to educate people about what’s in the law and what still needs to be done to give everyone access to appropriate health care because even once the law is fully implemented, some 20 million Americans will be without health insurance.
So, no matter what happens, we health care advocates have our work cut out for us. We have to show people that the poor don’t choose to be that way; they are not lazy and they do deserve our care and help. We have to prove that helping people with a hand up works for everyone. People who get appropriate health care cost a lot less than people whose mental illnesses or other chronic conditions are allowed to fester until they reach a crisis point.
Of course, crisis care is far more expensive than chronic illness management — in other words, more profitable for the big money folks who are paying f0r the election of people who will cater to their interests and not yours.
I spent an hour on the phone with fellow advocate Crystal Roberts yesterday, talking about what we do in each case. We’ll organize information events to educate the public in any event; we will push for that public option.
We will tell the stories of people who have died for lack of care and the stories of people whose lives have been saved by the law. We will fight to get the truth out to people in spite of the misinformation being spread by the opponents of health reform.
We’re all proceeding with the assumption that the court will uphold the Affordable Care Act, but it doesn’t hurt to plan for the alternative.