There should be no repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement that ensures that no one loses coverage, and that does not weaken Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP.
I have a close family member who has a child on the autism spectrum. Their child receives Medicaid to help with the cost of all of the therapies and medications. This family could not provide all this child needs to be successful in school and society without the help of Medicaid. This child has received speech therapy, social skills, counseling, psychiatric evaluations, medications, occupational therapy and more to help them succeed.
Putting a cap/cuts to Medicaid will limit the success of many children and the help available to them. The wish I have for my loved one is for them to be a successful productive member of society and without the extra help Medicaid has provided it will be a tougher climb to get there.
Medicaid also pays the school to provide services that special education students need, anything from a wheel chair to speech therapy. School-based Medicaid programs serve as a lifeline to children who can't access critical health care and health services outside of their school. Under this bill, the bulk of the mandated costs of providing health care coverage would be shifted to the State even though health needs and costs of care for our children will remain the same or increase. The unintended consequences of the AHCA will force states to cut eligibility, services, and benefits for children.
We must move forward by fixing the broken parts of the Affordable Care Act. We cannot go back to when we have high numbers of uninsured, people having limited coverage, and when women face discrimination, and those with preexisting conditions cannot afford coverage or are excluded all together.