With the modern recession behind us, the stock market humming, and the national unemployment rate at historic lows, this is a great time to implement tax reform for all. We can all agree that lowering the corporate tax rate, supporting small businesses, and otherwise stimulating growth is a good thing.
However, the 57 million Americans with disabilities — and especially those who choose to work — are concerned that the proposed removal of medical itemization would have a negative effect upon their ability to support their families, contribute to innovation and save for retirement.
Without being able to itemize the substantial and reoccurring medical bills, many would find they simply could not afford to work, and would be forced to use the already strained public health support systems such as Veteran Affairs hospitals, as well placing increased and undue burdens on Medicaid.
Itemization of medical bills is a critical tool for those of us with permanent disabilities who are working. Thousands of veterans and persons with significant disabilities choose not only to live, but to work, volunteer, enjoy some affordable leisure choices, and to thrive as members of their communities. However, the astronomical costs encountered are daily, numerous and grow annually. Everyday challenges include simple things like getting out of bed, assistance with hygiene, and facilitation of defecation. Despite these obstacles, our fellow citizens choose to contribute to society rather than sit on the sidelines.