Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Medicare Privatization, SSDI 19% Cuts and the Ripple Effects
Just off the Press
"Trump Signals Big Health Policy Changes are Coming" (see full story below)
Our elected officials, Democrats and hopefully a few of our Republicans who support social equality, both in the House and Senate are going to need our help. The Republicans to the left by way of getting those whom they represent just as active as I am today.
To mess with Medicare and possible SSDI, Social Security Disability Insurance, isn't the right thing to do, it will have ripple effects on those on disability, the aging and our mental health population and their over all mental health recovery and wellness.
Listed here: Eight dimensions of Wellness (Adapted from Swarbrick, M. 2006. A Wellness Approach. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal)
If any of you don't have your elected officials on your cell phones, look them up, www.senate.gov and www.house.gov.
Those of us who sit in traffic, on lines waiting for mass transit, all the down time to and from work, this is a perfect time to call our elected officials in Washington. Thanks to a friend RH, for this idea, it's one way we keep up with one another.
"The incoming Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, said he's urging his Democratic colleagues to give Mr. Price a thorough vetting."
Senate Minority Leader Schumer, "Go Chuck," also adds that, " A lot of Republicans have been dancing on the head of a pin because they know the hard right of their party wants it but they know it's unpopular with the Public, he said."
The whole thing is a mess, Medicare Privatization, the Affordable Care Act and SSDI recipients are facing 19% cuts in benefits. ( Read Full Paper - NAMI below)
"SSDI provides monthly income to individuals who are limited in their ability to work because of physical or mental disability. Currently almost nine million individuals receive SSDI, and as of 2013, 35.2% of recipients qualify for disability based on a mental health condition." (For full story read NAMI's paper below).
Everyone needs to get involved in whats going on around them, to become proactive on these issues, so that all Americans are being taken cared of, not the Republican...survival of the fittest mentality.
We have two years to stall, slow down the attack on Medicare and Social Security, just long enough so that reinforcements can be deployed by way of the next mid-term election in November of 2018.
Until then start calling.
References & Resources:
"Trump Signals Big Health Policy Changes are Coming" (source: Wall Street Journal-Politics 11/29/16) by Louise Radnofsky
NAMI, Learn more Mental Health Public Policy / Social Security Income (SSI) and (SSDI)
A Wellness Approach