Mike Mulvaney, the current director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), was asked if people should be denied healthcare if they can’t afford it.
HIs response was that he believed in helping to provide “a safety net so that if you get cancer, you don’t end up broke.” Then, he went on to separate that from others that he called “ordinary healthcare,” that he thinks is at the heart of the healthcare debate.
Mulvaney stated, “That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes.”
Interestingly enough, I have people in my life that I love who have diabetes. One, I lost at a young age to the illness. None of them are as Mulvaney has described of the variety that sits at home and eats poorly.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2014, approximately 9.3 of the United States adult population has a form of diabetes. That is about 29.1 million people.
Mulvaney statement is reckless that a requirement of determination and standard for being “deserving” of healthcare is required.
The new American Health Care Plan (ACHA) that is coming to the Senate floor for a vote next week will no longer cover pre-existing conditions for healthcare. Diabetes is one of those conditions.
Pre-existing conditions means expensive insurance premiums from high-risk pools. These policies come with imposed annual limits and lifetime limits on covered services.
It gives insurance carriers the right to ask permission from their state to “opt out” of covering chronic diseases like diabetes. (Please note: this includes people with coverage through their employers.)
With the future of Medicare hanging in the wind, this is critical. The bill presented today ends the Medicaid expansion, in addition to the budget cuts already voted on in the House.
For some the burden of diabetic medications and supplies under the ACA was burdensome. They need to get ready; the worst is to come.
The American Diabetes Association states on its website, ” Diabetes and its complications can be managed, and type 2 diabetes can often be prevented — if there is access to and availability of adequate and affordable health care.”
They might want to give Mike Mulvaney and Mitch McConnell a call this week.
You should call, too. 202.224.3121