Life, an unalienable Right
Today’s Diabetes Blog Week prompt:
Share an interest, hobby, passion, something that is YOU. If you want to explore how it relates to or helps with diabetes you can. Or let it be a part of you that is completely separate from diabetes, because there is more to life than just diabetes!
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I feel like I’ve been writing outside the lines all week. So, I guess I won’t stop now.
What is my passion?
I’m a policy wonk.
I believe that politics matter because government can do good for the people—or it can do bad.
My voice and my vote is how I influence my government to do good.
Politics and government are difficult subjects to bring up in polite company. Especially these days when the country if so polarized and seems to be experiencing collective PTSD over the legitimacy of those in power.
Why is policy so important to me?
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Can we talk about single payer now?
A week ago my head was swirling with the news that Trumpcare had passed out of the House by the slimmest of margins. Not only had the Republicans revived the AHCA, but they got the votes needed by adding the draconian MacArthur amendment.
And then Congress went on recess, returned to their home districts, and faced their constituents. Things didn’t go smoothly for everyone.
Rep. Labrador’s (R-ID) town hall went viral when he was filmed claiming that “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”
Rep. MacArthur (R-NJ) had a five-hour town hall meeting where the crowd was hostile and the news media well represented.
Continue reading “What now, that Trumpcare is on its way to the Senate?”
Looking at Speaker Paul Ryan’s argument against Obamacare it’s all about money. Not about the people or healthcare, for that matter.
As I mentioned before, it’s been a couple of wild months filled with whirlwind activity on healthcare reform.
I wasn’t really surprised at the political shenanigans in Washington, DC. After all, this isn’t my first political rodeo.
But, I was surprised by how this one felt. This one was different.
This one felt…personal.
Not personal, in the sense that it is important to me personally or will have a direct effect on my life. Although both of those things are true. But personal in the sense that it felt like I, as a person who needs health care and insurance, am being targeted for punishment.
It all started with the budget
Continue reading “Hey Rep. Ryan, it’s clear you don’t see me as a person”
It’s been a whirlwind couple of months filled with political intrigue and maneuvering. And still, Obamacare stands–for now.
Last Friday the GOP leadership in the House did the unthinkable. They pulled their health care reform bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), just before it went up for a vote.
As a patient advocate, I had naively believed I could track the health care reform efforts in Washington, contact my legislators to urge them to vote to preserve health care coverage, and write blog posts about it along the way. I was wrong.
Political intrigue and maneuvering
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Today is the last chance to sign up for Obamacare. What happens next?
Today, January 31, 2017, is the last day of open enrollment for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.
For those of us living with a chronic health condition, like diabetes, this is a sad day. Are we hearing the death knell of access to affordable health insurance? We don’t know.
While the new administration has begun the process of repeal with Congress passing a budget resolution and the President signing the Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal, it hasn’t presented a clear plan for replacement.
Since Obamacare touches nearly everyone, patients aren’t the only ones concerned about the effects of repeal without a replacement, or as some are framing it “repeal and delay.”
Continue reading “Last chance to sign up for Obamacare”