With the upcoming presidential catastrophe, I’m still on the fence as to who to vote for. My candidate is clearly a wash and I’m left feeling a bit betrayed by his actions. Lucky for me (sarcasm) there’s a slew of other people to look into. One of these people I’m looking into is Gov. Gary Johnson, I don’t agree with everything he does, however I think he could be better than the other alternatives.
One of the big sticking points though, is universal healthcare. Without the Affordable Healthcare Act many Americans will lose their insurance coverage, be denied coverage based on preexisting conditions, or be denied access to procedures due to corporate greed.
The transgender population has the potential to be one of the groups of people hit the hardest by the repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act. Without the protections provided in the act, companies will be able to deny those of us that are transgender coverage or access to procedures that are necessary for our well-being.
Last June when I had a hysterectomy, my insurance company didn’t want to cover it. It took weeks of my wonderful GYN (Dr. Mahoney in Richmond, VA) and my loving wife fighting with Anthem Health-keepers to get the procedure paid for. I met all of the criteria for the procedure, but because my gender markers are all male, Anthem didn’t want to pay for it because I shouldn’t have female reproductive organs.
In the end it was finally paid for, but I was up for another battle when I had to change the way that my HRT is administered. I was without my testosterone for over a month.
All of this has happened WITH the protections of the act.
This morning I wrote a letter to Gov. Johnson to ask if he’d be willing to reassess his standpoint. Below is a copy of the letter. I am hoping for a response, but I’m not betting on one. I’d really like to see someone in office that cares about the country.
My name is Aydan O’Connor, I am a supporter of Bernie Sanders. The actions of the Democratic party during the DNC have left me with a bad taste in my mouth and I refuse to vote for a corrupt candidate that won a nomination through cheating, lies and rigging the system. I have been reading a lot of the viewpoints of Gov. Johnson and researching other potential Presidential candidates. I can agree with a lot of the views of Gov. Johnson, however I cannot, with a clear conscious, vote for a candidate that wants to eliminate the Affordable Healthcare Act. I am writing the campaign today because I wanted to ask if Gov. Johnson would be willing to reassess and perhaps change his stance on the Affordable Healthcare Act.
There are provisions in this act that allow American citizens the right to purchase healthcare when they have preexisting conditions. Without this protection from discrimination by corporations the American people are vulnerable. They are denied their freedom to choose an insurance company that will work for them because of discrimination, and there are many people that find this unacceptable. The Transgender community will also lose most if not all of their current healthcare benefits because of the unwillingness of companies to cover services related to their care. This will be a devastating blow for the LGBT community that has already faced so much discrimination at the hands of the US government.
Despite what other candidates say, Universal Heathcare is possible, the Affordable Heathcare Act may not have been the best way to go about creating a better healthcare system, but it can be used as a starting point for something better that will benefit all Americans. How are Americans going to be able to live free when they lack the most basic of healthcare rights? The quality of life will once more plummet and the living the American people will do, will be anything but free. They will be shackled by the chains of corporate corruption and discrimination.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I hope that you have a pleasant day, and good luck in the election.
Aydan K. O’Connor