Nevada’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle is getting a lot of heated response, but holding her ground today on a comment she made criticizing a law that requires insurance companies to cover autism treatments.
The video clip, released by Democrats, is from a 2009 tea party rally. Watch the clip that was posted on YouTube here.
She says in part:
“Take off the mandates for coverage in the state of Nevada and all over the United States. But here you know what I’m talking about. You’re paying for things you don’t even need. They just passed the latest one, is everything that they want to throw at us now is covered under autism. So that’s a mandate that you have to pay for. How about maternity leave, I’m not going to have any more babies, but I sure get to pay for it on my insurance. So those are the things we want to get rid of.”
KRNV News 4’s website readers were quick to weigh in, and here are some of the responses they left on the bottom of our online story (Click here to view the story and comments):
1: “Angle is certifiably nuts on many issues and a danger to Nevadans….her position on autism joins a long list of reasons why she shouldn’t be an elected official, possess a driver’s license, be allowed to vote, or allowed to speak in public.”
… KRNV News 4 asked Sharron Angle’s campaign for comment yesterday, and her spokesperson Jerry Stacy sent us the following in an email just before noon today:
“Sharron believes that anyone affected with autism deserves the best medical coverage and treatment, and she speaks out against these expensive government mandates which falsely label other symptoms as autism because it creates this huge cottage industry that drives up health insurance cost while diluting the needed coverage for those patients affected by autism…and nobody is buying Senator Reid’s latest despicable attempt of trying to distract voters from his failed record.”
Vice-Chair for the Commission on Autism in Nevada Ralph Toddre released this statement today:
“What Ms. Angle claims about AB 162 is false. The bill is very specific that the coverage is for autism spectrum disorders. It does not create a “cottage industry.” It covers medically necessary treatment and evidence-based therapy, as well as the screening and diagnosis. It is autism specific. Legislators and advocates made sure of that. Read the bill! You don’t condemn a bill that provides for medical coverage and treatment because you think it will become diluted! One in 110 children in this country is affected by autism. That is more than juvenile diabetes, HIV, and childhood cancers combined. All of those are covered by insurance. Why should autism be discriminated against by insurance companies?”
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After reading this, I was very saddened. As a parent of an autistic child, I am very concerned what will happen to my son, and to my family. If elected officials like this woman start saying, “why should insurance cover a condition like Autism”, then what can I expect from the average Joe? Perhaps the average Joe will have more compassion toward this issue.
You see, I didn’t cause this disorder to my son. I was a model married pregnant women. Never missed an appointment, did everything I had to do, ate what was right and avoided everything that was even remotely to be avoided. I had a perfect little boy until I was doing what elected officials told me to do – vaccinate my son.
You see that people like Sharon Angle and her supporters are so quick to jump to conclusions, and so quick to attempt to deny insurance coverage to citizens who are perhaps the most vulnerable in this society. It is not their fault, nor their parents fault. We work day and night to provide a safe environment to our children, to get education for them, yet we have been denied answers for our questions, and help that was so much needed.
Insurance is a pool of money that we pay into, and the company releases a certain amount to client as needed. So that is what you are trying to take away from our children. You trying to take away their chance to get speech therapy so they may be able to express that they are hurt, or want to eat or drink. You want to take away the opportunity from them to get Occupational therapy, so they may never learn how to get dressed, or hold a pen to write, or just to do simple self-care actions that you and me and many others take for granted, while these kids with autism are stripped from it. You want to deprive them from specific educational therapies, like ABA for example, that have been clinically proven to help these children be more self-sufficient.
Furthermore, proposals like this only serve to demonstrate a financial short-sightedness because denying these services to Autistic children now – when they can still benefit from them – means you will leave the American taxpayer with the burden of paying out 100 times more in SSI payments when these children become adults, in a number of cases institutionalized, who require 24 hour care since they never had the chance to learn to care for themselves.
We live in UNITED States of America. I capitalize the word UNITED for the reason that signifies its meaning. This is a great country that we live in, and part of its greatness is its inherent character of helping the downtrodden and oppressed.
Wherever there is a natural or man-made disaster, this county has always been ready to help. But now Sharon Angle wishes to withdraw the helping hand from this country’s very own needy children. I encourage you to reconsider your stance on this issue by spending some time with Autistic children and their amazing families. You will then discover how very much they do in support of their children and I think you will then become an advocate for their noble efforts and thereby continue the American tradition of taking care of our own.