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Sep 25 2013

Republicans in DC: Stop claiming to care about life

As you know, I am from South Carolina, one of the worst states in the union, politically speaking. Occasionally I get really angry about some stupid something people who claim me as a constituent are doing in DC, supposedly on my behalf.

STOP TRYING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT

Sorry. I have spent literally my entire adult life wishing I had access to insurance that would cover my pre-existing conditions, women’s healthcare, and mental healthcare. I am not exaggerating when I say that this has been one of the most important concerns in my life. Because I developed severe allergies and asthma when I was 7, insurance and medical costs have driven so many of my life choices. Other people have had it far worse than I do, I don’t claim any special claim to bad circumstances, but I tell you the fact that, as of January 1, I will have, regardless of my employment situation, access to full healthcare coverage is such a relief that it makes me want to cry.

And *my* representatives are participating in these shame shutdown shenanigans because they want to take that away from me.  That makes me angry.  So I wrote a letter to Joe “You Lie” Wilson, against whom I ran a write-in campaign that may have earned me votes into the double-digits, Lindsey Graham, and Tim Scott.  By the time I got to Tim Scott, I had perhaps over-flourished it all, but you can judge for yourself.

Senator Scott,

I am really struggling with the behavior of Republicans in Washington, DC right now. Shutting down the government in what appears to be an attempt to hurt the poorest of your constituents.

I am a 29 year old woman who works a full-time job, two part-time jobs, and is in school full-time as well. Despite this, the only insurance I have access to currently is individual insurance, which can deny me for my pre-existing asthma. Furthermore, it is impossible to get individual maternity coverage in South Carolina. Unless you are part of a group plan, you cannot get maternity coverage at all in this state. If I get pregnant it is far more economically feasible for me to abort than to have a child, and not because I am not willing to pay for coverage, but because out of pocket a birth can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

If you were honestly pro-life, you’d support women getting access to that care. If you were honestly pro-life, you’d support everyone getting access to healthcare.

This is all changing on January 1 thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Starting then, I will have access to care regardless of my childhood asthma and that care will cover maternity. I have spent my entire life wishing that I’d have access to that some day — and now Republicans are trying to take that away from me. It feels like you’re playing political football with my ability to afford having a family.

I am not some lazy bum and I am not looking for handouts, I just think that I shouldn’t have to work so hard to still face catastrophic bankruptcy if something wonderful like pregnancy should befall me. Offer me an alternate plan, offer me a promise that South Carolina insurance providers will have to offer maternity coverage and coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Or stop claiming to care about life.

Regards, Ashley

I mean, I might have upped the pathos dial a bit much, but goddammit, could you just care about people instead of politics for once?  Also, how infuriating is it that South Carolina is not the only state in which it is literally impossible for a woman to get individual maternity coverage!  HOW MESSED UP IS THAT

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    Al Dente

    Silly Ashley, do you think your congresscritters actually care about people like you who have to live in the real world? You’re not a corporation or a billionaire libertarian so Scott et al don’t give a damn about you and your real life problems. Obamacare has to be gutted because a Black, non-right fringe president is in favor of it.

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    Ashley F. Miller

    Honestly not sure I’d have spent the time writing it to my representatives if I didn’t know I could also put it on my blog. So there’s that.

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    leper

    Presumably you’ll post any replies you get, since the replies (or lack thereof) are often interesting in what they say and don’t say.

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    Miguel Cabrera Memorabilia

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article. Many thanks for providing these details.

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    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    I rhink that a commenter with the name “Memorabilia” is probably commercial spam.

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    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    Oh, yes, and thank you for posting these compelling details. It is almost impossible for us in Canada to realize what an impact this has on day-to-day life, because we have had universal healthcare insurance provided by the province and paid for by modest premiums and taxes since 1966. The knee-jerk resistance of some people to health insurance, when they will accept government roads, government food inspection, government schools, government libraries, government universities, government savings bonds and so on is incomprehensible.

    Insured hospital services and insured physicians’ services, introduced in 1959 and 1966 respectively, were combined under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) in 1972.

    If you have a contract to work in Canada you are covered from the moment you arrive. If you move to Canada coverage kicks in after three months.

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