I had a whole draft of a blog in my head all made up, but it has been a day. And now that I've come down from all the life-stuff of the day, I'm left to ponder with a growing, nauseating dread what 217 elected representatives voted for today.
Forgive the pun-y and ridiculous title. I'm just so afraid that this is our country now.
In case you're wondering who voted how, check out this helpful page in the NYTimes.
Listen - we all know Obamacare wasn't perfect. But I know several people who would literally not be alive today without it. I wouldn't have health insurance without it - and you better believe I use my health insurance.
Instead of having a group of adults who can intelligently discuss policy and talk about improving our health care system, we have a group of children who stick their fingers in their ears and simply shout about destroying any bit of legacy President Obama may have had. They've denigrated this so deeply that there are literally people in the world who don't realize that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. It's politics. Not policy. How much do you want to bet that most of these jackals haven't even read the bill? We know the President hasn't.
Victim of a sexual assault? You now have a pre-existing condition under this bill and would be denied health insurance. So that basically covers half the women the President has ever come into contact with. Cancer survivors, pregnant women, asthmatics like me - basically everything you could possibly imagine is a pre-existing condition and grounds for denial of coverage, except for erectile dysfunction, probably because the majority of congress suffers from it. Not that that really matters, since they're not including their own health care plans under this bill. Even they don't want this unhelpful piece of garbage that doesn't solve any actual problems of Obamacare - it just creates all new ones.
This has nothing to do with yoga. I'm angry. I'm sad. I feel sick. I'll do some yoga tomorrow and feel better and more balanced and better able to fight back and do what I can to protest this horror of a bill.
Please, please, please - call your reps. Write your reps. Show up at town halls and give them hell. And then tell me what else I can do. I feel at such a loss. All my reps are solid blue - they're already going to vote my way. So I'm open to ideas, friends. Tell me what to do.