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It passed.

The amoral, atrocious, vindictive, abomination of a bill passed the house today. The more I read about it, the more I am horrified. Truly horrified. The media has been focusing on the pre-existing conditions clause, but what has made my soul ache is the complete destruction of Medicaid and the loss of $880 billion in funding. $880 billion. The fact that every single medical society, every single healthcare advocacy group decried it should have meant that they considered the ramifications and had a thoughtful, careful approach to it. But I overestimated their moral conscience.

I’m enflamed and outraged. I am also terribly depressed and worried. I’m not comforted by knowing that it has to go through the Senate, as everybody keeps saying. All this revealed is how much our voices are ignored. I hope that this really does bring change at the midterm elections – but it didn’t when the republicans shut down the government for weeks so I don’t know why this would be different.

A few years ago, I was really into politics – I read about how the Supreme Court worked, I followed different bills and lawsuits, etc. A colleague of mine suggested getting involved in the AAN (American Academy of Neurology), as they have some political leadership courses and I could get involved in advocacy. And 4 months into this presidency and all of those kinds of thoughts have vanished. I’m tired and the thought of getting involved more… I hear that this has encouraged many people of the democratic party to seek office, and boy do I wish them well, and sort of wish it was me, mixed with gratitude that it’s not.

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Date: 2017-05-05 02:50 pm (UTC)
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It's disheartening. Especially since the Republican party's true motive is to cut spending so that they can give a huge tax cut to business and wealthy people. Cutting healthcare is going to pay for the Republican tax cut for the one per cent. It's another huge transfer of wealth.

But I can't let myself get discouraged. That's not going to help anyone. When I need a break, I take a break. When I can get back in the fight, I get back in.

You have a job that is all-consuming. Your patients have to take precedence. To take care of them, you have to take care of yourself.

I live in California in a district that is a safe Democratic seat. There isn't any point in calling my congressman--he's as least as liberal as I am. He's a Buddhist. He's not going to vote for anything Trump wants. I can't march in the streets--I'm too old for that now. So I joined a group whose purpose is to influence the election of Democrats in swing districts. My focus is on the district immediately north of me, where my parents and two of my siblings and most of my nephews live. California's 25th. My goal in 2018 to elect a Democrat to Congress from that district. I'll help with money, phone calls, voter registration--whatever the Democrats in that district want, we'll help them with it. We're already doing fundraisers.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that you aren't alone in this struggle. Maybe you can take some comfort in that?

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Date: 2017-05-13 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Sick bastards. All for tax cuts.
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