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I don’t really know what to say. I’m speechless. I have never had to do this before, as a person with a visible disability. Here in my country, Canada, advocating for my rights has never involved a protest, peaceful or otherwise. Thanks to the heroic efforts of the late Tommy C. Douglas and many others, I’ve never had to wonder whether I could afford to live or die.

But watching people in wheelchairs being rough-handled by security guards and police (who I’m sure in fairness, hated themselves when they went home from work that day) convinced me that whatever I had to say on this issue needed to be said. The time to sit on the sidelines is over. The disabled are under attack by (and oh yes, I’m naming names) Senator Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republicans – and many Democrats, like Senator Joe Manchin and Nancy Pelosi, who can watch people suffer and claim she’s “not there yet” on life-saving single payer healthcare.

And Senator Rand Paul, I know you’re a libertarian at heart, but what are you doing? I have lost every ounce of respect I ever had for you. Where is your humanity? Or are you just as ignorant as the 17% of Americans who still support the American Health Care Act or Trumpcare? It’s typically not a crime to be ignorant, except in this case, when millions will die without adequate coverage according to the CBO, IT IS.

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This so-called “health care bill” which cuts hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid isn’t a piece of legislation – it is a crime against humanity perpetrated by humans. Tax cuts for the rich are one thing, but financing them off the backs of the most vulnerable people, who will surely die without adequate coverage is evil. And I don’t use that word lightly. That’s a word used by the Religious Right.

These are the people who are supposed to stand for the teachings (and commands) of Jesus Christ. With this health care bill, negotiated largely in secret, Republicans and many Democrats have violated every relevant tenant of their own faith.

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and yet forfeit his soul?”

That’s what these politicians are doing by supporting this draconian health care bill that will destroy the lives of disabled people and others or worse, rejecting it because it isn’t draconian enough.

This is all so foreign to me. Watching people in wheelchairs hooked up to IV machines fighting for their rights at the office door of a politician. I knew things were bad. They’ve been bad for a long, long time. But creating a crisis is not what Jesus would do, Mitch. And I’m pretty sure when your donors aren’t on the telephone with you and you’re alone in your office, you know that.

This isn’t about what I believe. It’s about what so many in congress claim to believe, and yet in the end, they reject every tenant of the faith they claim to hold so dear. Apparently it’s not good enough to kill kids overseas – they have to be purged at home.

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Maybe one day soon I’ll tell you what I really think.

 

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