My name is Michael Ogg. I am quadriplegic due to multiple sclerosis. This is how proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will affect me personally.
I have had progressive MS for over 20 years and, as a result, cannot independently perform any activities of daily living (ADLs) but am able to live in my own house with extensive long-term services and supports (LTSS) provided by very dedicated home health aides. Two years ago I had major surgery for G.I. cancer and now have regular oncology checkups and annual PET scans as well as being on daily medication.
I'm Ingrid Tischer. You may remember me as "headless female torso using a walker" from Anderson Cooper's "ADA Hit-Piece of Horror" on 60 Minutes. But I'm here today to tell you about a different type of horror: Being a plaintiff in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit, in which you're presumed greedy and where whatever happened to you was no more than an inconvenience.
This article originally appeared in the New York Times on May 3, 2017 and appears here with the author’s permission.
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