This is a message to various elected officials about my situation.
I am 33 years old and I have Aspergers Autism, executive function disorder and I suffer from depression and anxiety.
I’m disabled on Social Security and Medicaid at the moment, I live alone but I get help with transportation and daily chores through an non-for profit called Wildwood.
For most of my adult life, I’ve been unemployed and very depressed. However, in recent years because of therapy, support from wildwood, and my medication I’ve begun to turn my life around. I’m going back to school to earn a culinary degree, I have part-time employment at a local business and am I much happier, healthier person.
Someday I want to get off disability, pay taxes, own a home and run a small business.
However, without my medication and support at moment I can’t do this. These past few years have been the best of my adult life. I can see my goals getting closer and closer to fruition. But if the Trump health care bill goes through, none of this will happen. I will sink back into depression and in action. I need Medicaid and I need the support right now or I will stay in the system forever.
Please vote no on the Trump health care bill and the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] bill. For me and many others like me, it’s a matter of being able to live independently and successfully or waste away a life as a second class citizen. So vote no. We are counting on you.