I won’t say that Tim Murphy’s bill is completely without merit. That would ignore improvements such as eliminating the 190 days lifelong psychiatric care cap for Medicare/Medicaid and allow us to use Medicare at larger inpatient facilities. It makes it easier for psychiatrists to volunteer at mental health centers. It is about time that anti-psychiatrists stopped being in a position to make policy. Pete Early at The Mighty sings the praises of Murphy’s Law (where everything that can go wrong is guaranteed to happen). Here is my counter-list of why it is a bad law and why we need a better alternative.
I’ve been told that I don’t have to worry about Murphy’s Law because I am high functioning. But its prescriptions as to what constitutes a peer-to-peer program affect me directly. Our all volunteer groups can’t pay for a psychiatrist to be there at our every meeting. That will kill them which is what some lovers of Murphy’s Law want.
Furthermore, there is always the danger — no matter how stable I have been recently — of a breakthrough episode which might cause me to skitter and fall into Murphy’s “protections”. So, yes, I have every reason to be concerned about Murphy’s Law because it is waiting there for me in the event that I relapse.
There are better bills and better ideas for bills that aren’t backed by the National Rifle Association. Don’t be fooled. Without these changes, Murphy’s Law is not the friend of the patient or the caregiver.