Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nothing to Love


President Trump and congressional Republicans are seeking to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.  Trump claimed: “People hate it.  But now they see that the end is coming and they’re saying, oh, maybe we love it.  There’s nothing to love.  It’s a disaster, folks.  OK? ”
Breast cancer survivor, Xeni Jardins points out: “There’s nothing to love about cancer and the experience of going through cancer...  But the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, for me meant that I was able to get the life-saving treatment...  It’s really important for Planned Parenthood, and other kinds of clinics that offer low cost cancer screening.  If that gets wiped away, we’re going to see a lot of people who don’t get diagnosed until much later stage when the treatment options are brutal and limited.
“When I was receiving cancer treatment, there was one very important drug that kept me from vomiting.  And when you’re going through cancer, if you aren’t able to keep down food, it’s not a good thing.  That drug costs 800 bucks a pill before the Affordable Care Act, and now those kinds of prescriptions cost what I can afford.
“The bottom line is this is an imperfect system, the Affordable Care Act was a compromise, as everything in politics is.  But this is better than no protections at all.  I know men and women who died early, who died bankrupt and whose quality of life was destroyed by the fact that they did not have access to affordable care.
“When you have to choose between your rent, your food, your children’s food and your cancer treatment, you’re not living in a civilized nation.  I remember an America where we cared about the lives of our people.  It’s not OK to turn cancer into a political football.”

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