Since the beginning of this year, the Republican Senate and House quickly struck down an Obama administration rule designed to stop people with severe mental health problems from buying guns. The rule was focused specifically on disabled individuals whom require a trustee for personal management. These individuals would also have had the right to appeal.
Many people who got coverage through ACA/Medicaid expansion have a mental disorder, such as anxiety or schizophrenia, or an addiction to substances, such as opioids or alcohol. Repealing ACA without a replacement is careless and will come at an enormous cost for people struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. A partial repeal would also end Medicaid expansion which gave millions of the lowest-income people in over 30 states insurance. These states would most likely get block grants which would require them to make further cuts in what’s covered, how much is spent and how many people are eligible for coverage. These states may also get a set amount per person, which would also lead to additional cuts as the overall goal is to limit spending altogether.
The takeaway: Mental health treatment isn’t a right or a promise in America but somehow affording our most vulnerable citizens the ability to harm themslves and/or others in order to strengthen the gun lobby through gun sales is. When undiagnosed, untreated mental health disorders are criminalized we further ruin lives when consistent, comprehensive mental health treatment is still often not a routine service provided in our penal system.