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One Drawing Sums Up Illustrator’s Frustration With This Troubling Part Of The Obamacare Repeal

"No one should have to choose between death and remaining alive but being unable to afford to live."

By now we all know that Congress, specifically House Republicans, passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and, in its stead, voted to make the American Health Care Act (aka Trumpcare) one step closer to becoming law by sending it to the Senate.

It has been widely reported that the AHCA will leave millions of Americans without health care, greatly slash the Medicaid program, and — most importantly — allow for discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions. Some of these pre-existing conditions, by the way, consist of things a huge amount of women experience: we're talking rape, domestic violence, pregnancy, C-sections, and postpartum depression. These instances could lead to higher premiums.

Oh, and they voted to defund Planned Parenthood, too.

While all of this outraged many people on social media, illustrator and writer Courtney Privett did what many creative people did: channeled her passion into making meaningful art that encapsulated what she and numerous others were feeling in the wake of this news.

Privett's drawing shows a woman — with various medical conditions written on her body — who is protesting by holding up a sign which reads, "I am a human being." She isn't alone, though, as there's an elephant — representative of the Republican Party, obviously — present who bluntly responds back: "Human being? All I see is a pre-existing condition. Too expensive! Should've lived a better life! Shame on you!"

In the caption, Privett wrote that "no one should have to choose between death and remaining alive but being unable to afford to live," and said that these pre-existing conditions "shames the population into potentially fatal silence via financial blackmail." Privett also shared details about her own medical past and how she has experienced denial due to pre-existing conditions.

"We are not our diseases, conditions, disorders, or injuries. It's dehumanizing to be seen as nothing but a label or a risk, and it's humiliating to be shamed for circumstances outside of our control," Privett told Huffington Post. "Our lives are worth more than that, and much more than a number on a bill, but there are those who look at their fellow humans and see only profit or loss margins. That mentality leads [to] not only reversion to the stigmas and stereotypes we've fought so hard to erase, but also to the devaluation of all of us from human beings into commodities."

This isn't Privett's first foray into political art. In response to Mitch McConnell silencing Elizabeth Warren with the phrase "nevertheless, she persisted," she has a series which highlights marginalized groups for being resilient, too. Check out those works — as well as Privett's other political art — on her Facebook and Instagram.


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