Is your Congressperson among those lily-livered sellouts (is being lily-livered a pre-existing condition?) who voted for this bill? Would you like to give her/him a piece of your mind but you find yourself just sputtering? At the request of a friend in a district represented by one of those hypocritical cowards (if this bill was going to be so great, why did they exempt themselves AND THEIR STAFFS from its provisions?) I’ve put together the following letter anyone is welcome, indeed encouraged, to use.
I am one of your constituents. I’ve read this so-called health-care bill — which, I suspect, is more than you did — and whatever nonsense you spout about coverage for pre-existing conditions, I can tell you this: if this bill becomes law, within two years I will be dead. However, you are up for re-election in less time than that. I promise you, whether the Senate passes this travesty of a bill or not, I’m going to spend the next 18 months fighting your re-election and making sure your career is dead, too.
Thanks, Jackie. I’m not a policy wonk or an organizer. Those aren’t talents I can offer the resistance. I’m a writer, and whatever good I can do with that, I’ll try to do.
Amen to that! I have 3 pre-existing conditions, 4 if you count Old Age, so I plan to drop this on my miserable excuse for a congressperson in FL — Yoho. I think what disturbed me the most was the laughing, back-slapping, selfie-taking, gloating kegger these shits threw in the Rose Garden — the rich and powerful celebrate their victory over the sick, old and poor. Classy.
Marcia — Marie Antoinette must be their patron saint.
I’m both a cancer survivor and a tuberculosis survivor, among other things, and my wife is from a family with a history of either heart disease or early-onset dementia. The irony of living near Hartford, which used to be called “the Insurance City,” is that most of the big companies have moved out or have been entangled in anti-trust lawsuits as they try to consolidate to the advantage of business and the disadvantage of the consumer. Congress is only following the will of the people who bought them.
Steve — Sorry about your health trials. Yes, Congress is following the will of those people. But they’re not elected by those people. Let’s vow that they will not be re-elected by us!