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Maine Governor Says ‘No’ To Kids With Autism
April 29, 2014
AUGUSTA (April 29, 2014) — Maine Governor Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would raise the age cap on the state’s 2010 autism insurance law from 5 to 10, saying it would raise insurance premiums and taxes. The Legislature, which reconvenes Thursday, had passed the autism bill by a two-thirds majority, the number of votes which would be sufficient to overturn the veto.
LePage’s veto of LD.347 was among 30 he issued at the conclusion of the current legislative session, raising the total issued during his first term in office to a record 163, according to a report in the Bangor Daily News.
In his veto message, LePage said “it is perplexing that any legislator would promote individuals seeking inexpensive coverage through the (Affordable Care Act) exchanges while simultaneously voting for a bill like this, which makes that coverage less affordable.
“With respect to the taxpayer-funded State Employee Health Plan, every bell and whistle we put on that plan adds to its ‘richness’,” LePage added, “In just a few years, the ACA’s Cadillac tax on rich health insurance benefits will take effect-if we simply keep adding benefits on to the State Employee Health Plan, the estimated Cadillac tax to be paid from the State is $18 million for the first year. I ask you to consider if this bill will help or hurt us in the long run.”
LePage in his message did not address the 60 percent increase in the prevalence of autism since Maine enacted its 2010 law, nor the out-of-pocket cost for families to cover autism treatment without insurance which can be $60,000 a year or higher. Without insurance, families have gone bankrupt, sold their houses or moved to other states in order to provide their children treatment.
Maine is one of 36 states to require state-regulated insurers to cover medically necessary therapies for autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA) and speech, occupational and physical therapy. Ten other states have amended their original laws to make them stronger, including Vermont, Texas and Louisana which all raised their original age cap.
The Maine expansion bill was the first ever to be vetoed.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
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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.