Those of us who've faced and fought cancer can take courage and hope from reading Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh's story below on how he won the battle against his childhood cancer.
But not all Americans have the medical insurance to help them through this very difficult and expensive ordeal. The current bill in the Senate is a national disgrace that threatens to take away Medicaid from our most vulnerable American citizens and re-introduces lifetime caps on insurance coverage; and at the same time, enriches already very wealthy Americans by giving them huge tax cuts.
Are we our brothers' and sisters' keepers? Does the Republican Party believe in helping those who cannot help themselves? Does the Republican Party believe in anything except tax cuts for the wealthy? Does the Republican Party have any humanity left in it?
One of our blogging buddies, Jersey McJones, is fighting cancer. Think of him and the thousands of other Americans who face this struggle every day and who need affordable medical insurance to help them fight this battle.
I know what that struggle is about. I've fought against cancer four times. Thanks to the exceptional medical teams at Massachusetts General Hospital, I can count myself as a cancer survivor, just like Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh. I fervently hope Jersey has the same outcome I've had, and I wish him courage and strength to face this ordeal. All of us in the blogging community hope for the best outcome for him.
Keep calling your senators and representatives to let them know this inhuman legislation is not acceptable to Americans who care and who believe we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers.
Here's Mayor Marty Walsh's story:
When I was a kid, I fell asleep in school a lot. The teachers didn’t scold me, and they kept the other kids from pointing and laughing. Because I wasn’t just tired — I was exhausted. I was drained. I was going through chemo.
When I was seven, I was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma, an aggressive cancer. The doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital gave me two months to live. I spent four years in and out of aggressive treatments, missing second and third grade, fighting for my life when I should’ve been playing hockey. But slowly, I recovered.
My community stood by my family, and my dad’s union insurance made it possible for us to afford costly treatment. By the time I was a teenager, some of my friends didn’t even know I had been sick.
Cancer is hard enough on a family. Imagine having to choose between saving your child and staying in your house? Or saving your child and selling the car you use to get to work?
The healthcare bill that’s racing through the Senate right now is designed to do just that — make cash-strapped families pay for situations beyond their control, and put the savings toward tax cuts for the ultra-rich.
|I can’t imagine what would’ve happened if my family didn’t have insurance. My treatment would’ve bankrupted us.|
Evan Seigfried (conservative Republican):
Senate’s BCRA does not help Americans or health care system The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate’s health care bill, is a draconian proposal. Following in the footsteps of the House’s AHCA, the bill does nothing to lower the cost of health coverage, while also failing to improve the quality of care.
On top of this, the BCRA is a bill that leaves the health care system worse off and ignores the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm. One would think that after the AHCA debacle, Senate Republicans would have proposed a vastly different bill, but they did not. The BCRA disproportionately impacts Americans on the lower end of the economic spectrum.
Take how the bill proposes aiding low income individuals and families by giving them federal tax credits to help them purchase insurance. In no way would that be of assistance to those Americans, as they do not earn enough to pay federal income tax in the first place. Without paying federal income tax, they cannot receive the tax credits. This portion of the bill sounds good, but does not actually have a meaningful impact.