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Dear Connor,

It’s been too long, and I’m glad to be back in front of a keyboard. As you know, a medical crisis has once again broadsided my family. I’ve missed our exchanges, as they are often subjects near and dear to my heart, sometimes too much so. In accord with our editor’s advice, recently I’ve been trying to be conscious of particular bias and not write about issues here or elsewhere that overly reflect intense personal anger. Generally, it is true: When I wait until my emotions and passions have subsided a bit, taking the time to reflect makes my written message more meaningful.

As you know, I deal with and try to help several disadvantaged, disabled, and intellectually challenged people on a daily basis. These individuals neither have nor have had any sort of addiction, yet most of them are victims of addicts, but their disabilities are from no actions of their own. I say this not because I am insensitive to addicts: I’m not, but there is a general rush to a conclusion that projects a certain amount of guilt onto these people. Although they are not generally bitter people, secretly, it’s hard not to feel bitterness for them — in their stead and on their behalf. Their struggles are enormous. They find themselves in a position resembling servitude for the difficulties they encounter that are often inflicted upon them by the sins of others. Even so, they are generally happier and more content than most people.

This makes me wonder: Why do I feel so annoyed by politicians who refer to themselves as “public servants”? Has there ever been a politician who truly served his/her constituents? To serve another, one must abandon ego. Of course, many people do live lives of true servitude: Soldiers, social workers, law enforcement, many clergy, and volunteers — these are people who often simply do the right thing without regard for self. Politicians? Not so much.

We need health reform, and every politician in the beltway knows we need to repair and/or replace the imploding system. Nevertheless, the egotistical heels of the lawmakers on the Hill are planted in a heterogeneous garden of personal principles that are meaningless to anyone but them. It is becoming a cold and calculated war on the American people by both parties.

Connor, Americans are pleading for relief from high premiums, outrageous deductibles, and —  most of all — uncertainty. Insurance companies are pulling out of states and districts every day. Many people fear that the impending implosions that will certainly leave ill-insured patients and indigent people who never did anything wrong without lifesaving medications. For what? All we see is public rhetoric based on some manufactured technicality in a previous promise no one ever believed in the first place. Repeal, repair, replace — we don’t care. Make it right for the people. Quit being afraid of not getting re-elected. It’s making these politicians look sickeningly weak. These politicians need to get out into the trenches, where people are sick and needy, and fix this system. After that, they need to stop the system’s gamers.



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