Nicholas Young

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Posts about healthcare

Erasing Yesterday

At precisely ten o’clock local time on October 23rd, I will be soundly asleep as doctors and nurses lay my dormant body on an operating table. For them, this is another routine procedure. On the other hand, I understand it as nothing short of rebirth. It’s been nearly four years at this point, but in the past, I was an extremely active cyclist; living on Chicago’s north side, tenaciously pursuing both my professional and personal goals....

Turn the Page

I’ve often found that the words you write are less important than ones left behind. Yesterday evening, as the Republican-controlled Senate attempted to ram through a [400-page, vastly unbalanced tax reform bill][bill], I furiously tapped out a Tweet that wouldn’t be sent. It begins, “I’m concerned spectacle isn’t enough,” before continuing to discuss recent moments of spectacle in my life. I thought the spectacle is a young man falling to the pavement while trying to cross the street with crutches would be enough for my insurance and doctors to help me obtain better mobility aids....

True Colors

Writing in Tuesday’s edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Senator Lisa Murkowski, a crucial swing vote on both healthcare and tax reform, announced her support for the besieged GOP tax package. “I have always supported the freedom to choose,” Murkowski writes. “That is the fundamental reason why I opposed the Affordable Care Act from its inception, and also why I co-sponsored a bill to repeal the individual mandate tax as early as 2013....

Talking Points to Oppose Graham-Cassidy

As the Senate rushes towards yet another attempt to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, several outlets, including Politico, are reporting that the long-besieged healthcare bill may remain intact, for now. This does not mean we can rest. Tomorrow, the National Disability Call-in Day to Save Medicaid will heat up D.C. switchboards in opposition to a dangerous volume of amendments modifying the ACA, and known only by the names of co-sponsors Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson....

If I Left You Behind

I have spent most of 2017 writing long-form non-fiction pieces concerning flaws in the American healthcare system, often attempting to communicate why we, as a country, shouldn’t embrace changes that would severely limit access to care for chronically ill and disabled citizens. Most words, I fear, were skimmed or disregarded; even by individuals who had offered support in the past. One by one, friends have become strangers when asked to share my articles or take simple political action that will enhance my life and the lives of those around me....

Hidden Costs of the ADA Education and Reform Act

July 26, 1990 won’t be soon forgotten. On that day, President George H. W. Bush signed what White House staff publicized as as “the most sweeping civil rights statute since the 1964 Civil Rights Bill.” The legislation prohibited discrimination in employment, public services, accomidations, and transportation, while simultaneously improving communication services for disabled individuals. Last week, H.R.620, the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017”, moved out of committee and will soon be voted on by the full house....

The Politics of Terror

If healthcare reform is a stage play, the curtain rose anew in November, 2016. The audience, hopeful if unsure, beheld a ragtag group of players flanking our most ill-advised main character. During the intervening months, four radically different pieces of healthcare legislation have also entered the stage, each scoring progressively worse on issues of public health. For the disabled and chronically ill, those months have been pure terror. Many have felt betrayed for the promise of lower health insurance premiums, but it’s difficult — and dangerous!...