Pissed off only begins to describe my reaction to the passage of WealthCare, TrumpCare, RyanCare. How about outraged, furious, despondent, bewildered. My frame has always been: Everyone has a right to basic health care. How can we align the forces of this great and diverse country for best health for all?
How have we so widely elected and supported such mean-spirited, empathy-free politicians? One friend attributes this to the concept of the OTHER – people who are not like us. Does this mean, I wish the best for my people, not other people? We shouldn’t provide health care for people who are not like us? I struggle to understand. My people seems to be growing every day. Granted, I’m an extrovert. I love meeting and connecting people. I live to hear their stories and their histories. One of my dear friends moved to a new town where she had a dramatically other appearance. Yet in her job at a pharmacy, she was embraced by her co-workers even though the community has a reputation for being slow to accept others. Another colleague this week told me that her method of bridging worlds was to invite people into her house – her home house and work house. How can we understand each other if we haven’t been to each other’s houses? Others talk of resistance – Marching, confronting, community organizing.
I can’t march. I’m weak and afraid. Wait, I can ride my trike! I definitely write. I open my arms and welcome others. I vote. Do what you can. WealthCare, TrumpCare, RyanCare can’t stand!
- Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. Dalai Lama
- Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
- Helping others in need is the simplest way to guarantee that Allah will help you at your own time of need. Yasir Qahdi