"Tennessee woman dies after losing government benefits and medicine" by Walter Einenkel, Daily KOS 3/15/2017
My first question is how in hell does the Social Security Administration get the right to decide that you sick or not?! That's for doctors to decide.
Amy Schnelle died a little less than a month ago due to an epileptic seizure she suffered at her home in Knoxville, Tennessee. The 31-year-old former factory worker had suffered from severe seizures and was on disability. Her government subsidized disability paid for her very strong anti-seizure medication. That was until September.
On disability for several years, Amy Schnelle was receiving powerful anti-seizure drugs and had been seizure free since 2015. Then the United States Social Security Administration threw her a curve ball in September 2016 when they informed her she was no longer sick.
Schnelle appealed this decision and in January of this year, the Social Security Administration put her back on disability. However, according to her mother, the time spent off of the drugs had a terrible effect on Amy Schnelle's health.
“She had a whole lot of seizures because one of the medicines didn't come through,” said Sylvia Schnelle. “Once you stop your medicine so abruptly you go into a tailspin of seizures and you don't come out of it.”
Writing to Congressman Jimmy Duncan, Amy Schnelle was able to convince the government to resume her benefits. That happened in January 2017, but in February 2017, from her apartment, she texted her mother she had a “bad” seizure and asked her to “please” come. Her mother rushed to Knoxville from her home in Dandridge.
Part of the Republican concept of healthcare is that you die or to go to the emergency room, and hopefully get lucky and don't die. What happened to Amy Schnelle can and will continue to happen to many more people now that tax breaks for the rich are the main focus of our government's healthcare plan.