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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The one thing that always brings me down about diabetes
Today’s Diabetes Blog Week prompt:
May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope?
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There’s one thing in particular that always brings me down when it comes to diabetes. That is talk of a cure.
Talk of a cure, you say? Why would that bring you down? Wouldn’t it give you hope? Hope that one day you won’t have to take pills or shoot insulin? Hope that one day you can go for a hike without worry that you’ll go low on the trail? Hope that one day you can eat a carb-heavy meal without judgement?
First of all, when people talk about a cure for diabetes they aren’t talking about 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
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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
Continue reading “The first, of what’s sure to be many, health care reform battles”