You are condemned to silence, to suffering, and to death.

Elected politicians who associate themselves with conservatism and the Tea Party/Republican Party continue to show that they are determined to condemn sick people to a life of absolute silence, of cruel suffering, and of swift death. And because they are not speaking out, their followers and voters are also condemning sick people to a life of absolute silence, of cruel suffering, and of swift death.

It really is that simple.

This is not politics as usual. On second thought. Unfortunately, it is politics as usual. 

This is an emergency. 

MILLIONS of people are doing to die if conservatives get their way on this, as revealed by the details of their healthcare bill today. Millions will die very soon. People will write about another “American Holocaust.” No one, even people with outstanding insurance, can afford medical care, especially if they have any kind of condition, disorder, or disease that requires on-going treatments, as everybody knows. No one, even people with employer-provided insurance, can be certain they will still have insurance. 

How is this conserving life? How is this “pro life”? How do conservative politicians live with themselves? Why aren’t they “impeached” for violating their oath of office? 

And why aren’t there any loud, really loud conservatives–among politicians or voters–calling out the bigotry and hypocrisy? Why hasn’t there been a schism in the Republican party? (The Democratic Party needs a schism, too.)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Obamacare has saved my life several times.

Prayers won’t help. Waiting won’t help. Best wishes won’t help. Compromise won’t help. The only thing that will help is actually voting differently, voting against the Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy, and demanding that people have the opportunity to live and receive the medical care they need.

As it currently stands, sick people (and immigrants and women and People of Color and queer people and people with a combination of such “otherness”) are not protected by the written or unwritten Consitution. They are essentially excluded by what I call the rhetoric of implied exclusion: It is so assumed in our everyday rituals and in our everyday public spaces that only the very privileged have the right to live that it doesn’t need to say who it specifically does or does not apply to.  

I wish conservative politicians knew what it felt like to have a heart. 

The following phrase from Allen Ginsberg’s poem “America” keeps coming to mind: 

America, I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing 

Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda

(and, as always, John Scalzi has excellent thoughts, too.)


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  1. They say that the only reason that the GOP is putting this health care plan up for a vote is to wrap it around a huge tax cut for the wealthy. However, I think there is another sinister plan here. In fact it is a very long-term plan. Ever since they decided to keep voting for a repeal of Obamacare, starting with right after it was signed into law, and never took it seriously enough to start working on an alternative plan, they hoped that once they repeal it, Americans will forget they ever had that opportunity. They had no luck in repealing Social Security and Medicare, so they decided to chip them down to get them small enough to abolish more easily. After all, they have been trying to get rid of these two ever since FDR and LBJ got them passed. They want us to forget that we ever had any such benefits. There was never even a squiggle of interest by the party elites to keep any such benefit for any one not wealthy enough to qualify for corporate welfare. If you just keep in mind that they absolutely HATE the poor, then all of their actions make sense. Anytime they are forced to pass something that includes any benefit for the poor, they either vote en masse against it or find a way to get rid of any part that helped the poor during the next legislative term.

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    • You nailed it. I didn’t understand how the GOP could have a tax break for the rich disguised as a healthcare bill until I saw something today-can’t remember where or who-that explained it as being about the “financial health” of the GOP/ultra rich. I really wish poor and middle class people would stop voting against their own best interests. And I wish they would see that the GOP is anything but “Christian”!

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