I recently received an unexpected letter from Speaker Paul Ryan regarding my upcoming swim and wishing me well as I advocate for more funding for metastatic breast cancer. His acknowledgment of the importance of research is commendable and I appreciate being given a pat on the back for our commitment to finding a cure.
Without getting too political (too late) I am responding to him on what it will be like if the current health bill passes the Senate. We have all been bombarded with the facts--millions will be without coverage. Our metastatic sisters and brothers are in jeopardy of losing major support to combat the financial toxicity of this disease. It will be an earlier death sentence for many of us if we can not afford the drugs and treatments that have been extending our lives for a few more months or even years. Will he hear my response that he can not allow this to happen? Will he heed the burden this bill will place on families who struggle with lost wages due to this illness but also be cognizant of the skyrocketing price of drugs that we require every month?
We have all witnessed caring communities around this great country of ours who rally around those who are suffering. Now--this very moment--we must join hands, grab our phones or our computers and write, call and scream loudly that this monstrosity of a bill will not help our fellow human beings. Please, please, please contact your legislators in Washington and tell them to vote NO. Tell them to go back to the drawing board and, with charitable hearts, consider their constituents need to have affordable health care and the chance for a longer life without sending their families into bankruptcy.
If you are still not convinced, read this article which goes into detail on where the money is being cut and who will benefit from those cuts-- NBC News on the health care bill.
Did any of this infuriate you at the injustice to so many? No more wringing of your hands. You can do something about it by going to these websites and locate your state's legislators' names and phone numbers - U.S. Senate: Senators of the 115th Congress and The House of Representatives. Call and/or write today. Our lives depend on it.
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