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Marcus Says Georgia Governor Pledged to Sign Insurance Bill
February 21, 2013
ATLANTA (February 21, 2013) — In an interview aired last night on NBC 11, Home Depot Co-founder Bernie Marcus said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal assured him he would sign an autism insurance reform bill if sent to him by the legislature.
Reporter Jaye Watson asked Marcus, a member of the Autism Speaks Board, “Did Governor Deal [right] tell you he would support it, that he would try to push it, put in a good word?” Marcus answered, “He said all of those things. He said if the legislature passes it that he would support it and sign the legislation.”
A bill called “Ava’s Law”, (HB.309), has been introduced in the Georgia House by Rep. Ben Harbin (R-Evans). It would require state-regulated health plans to cover autism-related therapies. The bill is named for Ava Bullard, whose mother Anna, has urged Georgia lawmakers for years to require autism insurance coverage.
Watson’s interview with Marcus is part of a weeklong series airing on NBC 11, called The Autism Gap. The station has collected over 4,000 names on petitions urging support for the bill.
Marcus called the lack of of autism insurance “disgraceful” for Georgia. “Thirty-two other states — Democratic, Republican states, have all voted for this,” Marcus said. “Why is Georgia not doing it? It doesn’t make sense to me.”
Marcus countered arguments by the insurance lobby regarding the cost of covering autism.
“The insurance lobbies obviously don’t want to cover it and yet we know the cost is only 32 cents per month per member,” he said. “And they’re fighting it tooth and nail. I put it into Home Depot years ago and I will tell you, it didn’t break Home Depot.”
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Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.