Dear Legislator

Sweet Success: My life with Type 2 Diabetes: Dear Legislator

Dear Legislator

Recent developments within the healthcare debate in our nation have left me feeling powerless. I’ve tried, for a few years, to advocate for folks with diabetes and have targeted loads on stigma. Today I heard what a White House official mentioned about folks with diabetes. When the stigma is perpetuated by my very own authorities… properly it has left me fairly deflated. Then I remembered one thing: I’ve a voice and it may be heard by my elected officers, however provided that I attain out to them. The following is a letter that I’ll ship to my elected officers in Washington, D.C. I urge you to do the identical. You can use this hyperlink to search out the handle on your Congressmen/girls. Let our voices be heard!

I’m writing to precise my issues relating to the healthcare debate ongoing in our nation as properly to tell you of my needs as one in every of your constituents.
Healthcare within the United States is in a shambles and I don’t blame that on the Affordable Care Act. Yes, the ACA is imperfect and must be mounted, however the considered the Republican led Congress axing it and changing it with the travesty you name the American Health Care Act frankly scares me to loss of life. I converse as somebody who has a pre-existing situation; two, in actual fact. I converse as an American who’s over 55 however not but sufficiently old for Medicare. I’m amongst these Americans who might be hardest hit by the provisions within the healthcare act you search to move. Not solely will older, sicker folks be unfairly affected, however tens of millions of individuals with pre-existing situations will discover it practically not possible to purchase insurance coverage.

The Republican reply to this situation is using high-risk swimming pools. Let’s discuss that. According to a examine carried out by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 27% of adults beneath the age of 65 have pre-existing situations.  This consists of pregnant girls! People on this group will discover it practically not possible to buy medical insurance except they’re fortunate sufficient to be lined beneath a bunch plan (ie: via their employment). These folks could be subjected to increased premiums and lesser protection than different Americans. These are the individuals who desperately want well being protection! The Republican plan says that these folks could be allowed to take part in high-risk swimming pools to help them in with the ability to afford their increased insurance coverage premiums. I’m sorry, however I discover it ludicrous to assume that the federal government, state or federal, has sufficient cash to fund insurance coverage help for 52 million folks. High-risk swimming pools have been tried previously and have most frequently failed. Also, the concept that yearly and lifelong spending limits could be reinstated is identical as telling folks with main sicknesses that the federal government is happy with them dying if their care turns into too costly.

Another topic that I really feel must be addressed is the concept that some well being points are the affected person’s fault and people folks don’t deserve help. The stigma that follows folks with power sicknesses is a really significant issue. According to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, individuals who develop sure ailments don’t deserve the identical degree of well being care as others. He mentioned, That doesn’t imply we should always maintain the one who sits at residence, eats poorly and will get diabetes. People with kind 2 diabetes didn’t trigger their illness nor do they need to be seemed down upon by condescending asshats anybody. (I’ll most likely take that out after I write to my Senators. Well, possibly). Gluttony and sloth don’t trigger kind 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a really sophisticated illness however it does have a genetic element and you can’t blame somebody for the genes they’re born with. Please see this press launch by the American Diabetes Association that explains this fairly properly. Living with a power sickness is tough sufficient with out having to battle the stigma and when that stigma is perpetuated by our White House it leaves me feeling hopeless.

The backside line is that too many individuals on this nation might be detrimentally affected ought to the American Health Care Act, or one thing comparable, transfer ahead. They will undergo if any change to healthcare consists of punishment for pre-existing situations or caps on advantages. We not stay in a society the place the nation physician makes home calls and is keen to take a rooster for fee. Medicine has come a good distance and completely each American deserves the identical degree of inexpensive healthcare regardless of the place they stay, their earnings degree or present well being. I ask that you just take these points into consideration when voting/debating healthcare in our nation. You are my elected official and I’m relying on you to be my voice.


Kate Cornell