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An Open Letter to All Breathing Republicans --- William Rivers Pitt

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According to the American Medical Association, more than 81 million people currently suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 11 million people currently suffer from some form of cancer.

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 9:37 am
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You, Mrs. or Ms. or Mr. Bulletproof, are sick.

But you feel fine, you say? Bloodwork normal, all tests clear, no lumps, no limps, no memory lapses, no problems at all?

Wait a while. Live a little longer. Sooner or later, you will make the list.

According to the American Medical Association, more than 81 million people currently suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 11 million people currently suffer from some form of cancer.

According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 24 million people currently suffer from diabetes; the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that half of all Americans could suffer from the disease by the year 2050.

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that some 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or lupus, 21 million of whom are disabled due to the condition.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than five million Americans are currently afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, a number that will shortly spike as our aging population grows older.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, some 400,000 Americans currently suffer from MS.

According to the National Parkinson's Foundation, between 50,000 and 60,000 new cases of Parkinson's are diagnosed in America each year.

The CDC estimates that close to a million people a year become infected with herpes.

More than a million Americans are infected with AIDS.

Some 79 million Americans are infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), a disease that causes cancer in both women and men.

That, right there, is more than half the country.

That, right there, is you. Sooner or later, and sure as sunrise, you can count on it.

If you're not sick right now, you will be, so if you're one of the people fighting the Affordable Care Act, wouldn't it be an example of enlightened, conservative self-interest to make sure this law is as robust as can be?

I know, I know, Democrat socialist Kenyan no-birth-certificate president and all that, plus Benghazi for good measure, but seriously: he's going to be out of office in three years, and for sure and certain you're going to get sick someday if you aren't already. The ACA makes sure your insurance company can't shaft you if your inevitable illness becomes too expensive for their balance sheet.

How is that not conservative? For the love of God, the whole idea was created in the first place by the Heritage Foundation before getting successfully road-tested by a Republican governor. Once upon a time, that kind of policy pedigree was worthy of a parade in Republican circles.

You are almost certainly going to get sick at some point along your personal timeline. This is unavoidable, and while your guns may give you a degree of psychological protection from ominous neighbors in hoodies, you can't shoot cancer, or stroke, or dementia, or diabetes...and one of these days, one of those things is going to ring your doorbell, and that's your ass, financially, if you're not covered.

The No. 1 reason for bankruptcy in America is medical expenses.

If you're not sick, you will be, because we are fragile creatures all.

Please stop deploying Denial-of-Service tools to disrupt the process.

Please stop forwarding flatly deceptive articles about "Obamacare" ruining lives.

Please take some time to understand why a very small percentage of insurance policies are getting re-defined or cancelled. Cliff Notes version: those policies didn't cover anything, and the insurance companies involved were pretty much basically stealing.

Please read the Book your party has claimed sole ownership of.

Proverbs 31:8-9 says, "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."

Matthew 25:41-45 says, "'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least among you, you did not do for me.'"

John 3:17-18 says, "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth."

Of course the Affordable Care Act is fragile. All things human are, including you.

Especially you.

For you will be sick one day. It is inevitable. Unavoidable. We are made to ail, to suffer, and to die.

Enlightened self-interest is the Republican way.

How are you feeling today?

Think about it.

By: William Rivers Pitt | Op-Ed | Truth Out |

William Rivers Pitt is a Truthout editor and columnist. He is also a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books: "War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know," "The Greatest Sedition Is Silence" and "House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation." He lives and works in Boston.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 9:54 am
He nails it once again! The pen is indeed mightier than the sword - and with that pen, Pitt slashes thru the GOP compost and stabs them right in the heart of it all. It is interesting to note that those who already have health care are the ones who are against giving it to anyone else - why?
Great article, Kit - thank you!

Wilde T (10)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 10:00 am
Yes it is all so simple until the profit motive gets involves then anything and everything can go haywire in using people one way or another for industry profit of insurance, medical, or medical technology or pharma. They will basically be self policing since that is the new mantra for disaster. Where testing for things can even cause the thing they test for or other thing, unnecessary treatments and as in some cases operating on the wrong patient or limb.
Meanwhile we hardly notice the disease of the logic of war embedded in the idea of competition and strewn like a bad gene in society. Even trying to do good can end up trying to keep the offices and hospitals full and the testing machines working mightily to pay off for their hugely expensive costs. And avoiding malpractice suits too. Modern civilization has serious problems staying afloat enough for elites to live in the manner to which they expect to b accustomed.

Wilde T (10)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 10:04 am
Then even public non profit programs can have problems in keeping programs and jobs going all the time and the biases involved in doing just that..

Fiona O (565)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 12:06 pm
Arielle is so right. In this case, the pen is mightier than the sword.

I have an old fashioned streak....the sword could cause a few less Republicans to breath. (Oops...I did not write many federal agencies monitor Care 2).

If I become disappeared, remember you read something I wrote only from nostalgic thinking with no intention to act.

Before possibly vanishing, allow me to extend my thanks to Miss Kitty for some good reading this afternoon.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 12:15 pm

I think you'll be just fine,Betsy as long as the guys in the trench-coats have a sense of humor.

JL A (281)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 12:27 pm
Those in Congress have health coverage for life--no so the minions who are repeating the Koch brothers' talking points ad infinitum.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 12:59 pm
Betsy, if they come for you, they'll be coming for many of us! At least, we'll be in good company.

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 1:28 pm
Tried to post it to Facebook..but can't tell if it worked..

Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 1:59 pm

I posted it to Facebook about dozen times. Many in response to trolls.

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 2:51 pm
I finally got it posted - had to do it through Share instead of Like - it just wouldn't link with the Like button, though it Pretended to!;)

Robert B (60)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 3:23 pm
Republicans will not read open letters. They don't want truth. Now if it were retitled "You can't have my guns" by Floyd R. Turbo (Pen Name) they'll read it. :)

Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 3:25 pm

Guns, god and pick-up trucks in no particular order.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 3:40 pm
Since I cannot possibly repeat myself here over and again about WRP's greatness, I'll just agree with Robert B.
Thanks Kit!!
@ Betsy- don't feel too sure now, even stating something of criminal nature despite no intention to put that to action I understand IS a felony.. You might just find yourself in company of Mr Castillo.. ;)

Pat B (356)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 3:46 pm
Spot on article, Kit, thank you for sharing this with us. Passing on as well.

pam w (139)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 4:31 pm
Thanks, Kit!

XOXOXO to Andy!

Carmen S (611)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 6:35 pm
Thanks for sharing this, Kit.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Tuesday November 26, 2013, 7:20 pm
Unfortunately, unless the issues are Guns, God, Gays, Cutting Social Programs and repealing the Affordable Care Act the republicans are not listening.

Anne P (174)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 5:57 am
WRP nails it again. Too bad Republicans will never read this warning. Thanks for sharing, Kit!

Bryan S (105)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 10:31 am
Great article, Kit! Unfortunately it seems there's the group of Repubs who already have insurance so everything's fine as far as they care, and then there's the group who have been taught to fear and resent anything that involves the government (unless it's going to war) more than other real threats like getting ill and going bankrupt.

Roger G (154)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 1:06 pm
noted, thanks

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 8:58 pm
As so many said, too bad the people who most need to read it won't.

Craig Pittman (52)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 5:05 am
Everyone deserves health care and everyone, sooner or later, requires it. The Republicans need to take a look around the world to see how many industrialized countries do not already have universal (socialized) health care. There aren't many.

Kamila A (141)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 11:04 pm
Socialized healthcare is the only way. We are all vulnerable, we are all human! I hope that word didn't actually scare anyone. Seriously, it's time to wake up and realize we are One.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 11:46 pm
Thanks for another exceptional post! His pen is mightier than the sword, and I love the manner in which he skewers the thugs! (n, p, t)

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Friday November 29, 2013, 12:28 am
I am eternally grateful for universal health care and hope that one day the U.S. will have a universal system as well as it's one of the last western nations without such a system.

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday November 29, 2013, 2:48 pm
The fact that they will get sick is exactly the reason why they oppose the ACA so much. They really don't believe it will work, and that they are likely to get worse care due to it.
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