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Being sick in America.
Being poor in America.
Having your healthcare stolen in America.
Having the Speaker of the House lie to America repeatedly & no one hold him accountable.

Knowing if I were screaming "Help me! I’m dying!" SOMEONE would try to save my life, but people will let #GrahamCassidy pass. 3/
Gasping for breath, heart pounding with Afib cause by a PE & not being able to get people to help prevent #GrahamCassidy. 4/
Tweeting about having cancer & MS & how #GrahamCassidy will kill me. Screaming for help. Pleading for a viral response. 5/
Focus is on #singlepayer, which folks think we’ll have after #GrahamCassidy passes & 35M lose health ins.
It needs 60 votes. 6/
Sanders’ M4A bill, "borrowed" from @RepJohnConyers, who’s put it up every year for 20yrs, but never been invited on a talk show. 7/
Knowing there are 49 votes for #GrahamCassidy NOW(needs 51).
Only 16 for M4A (needs 60).
And no plan for implementation of M4A. 8/
Being dxd with #cancer at 26, MS at 30, fighting to hang onto health ins, able to change jobs, newspapers, but never ins co. 9/
Your mother getting very sick at 60. Must go to a nursing home. #Medicaid pays for part of it. Your sibling pays for the rest. 10/
You agree to pay for Dad if anything goes wrong, because your mother died slowly & painfully, miserably & SO expensively. 11/
Your father, who plays tennis every week & has a wife younger than you, has a sudden stroke. He made you power of attorney. 12/
Putting your handsome, reads-a-couple-books-a-week,now-paralyzed dad in a nursing home.Feeding tube,can’t read,barely speaks. 13/
#Medicaid pays only so much. You pay the rest. It crushes you. You go bankrupt. Then YOU get a new diagnosis. 14/
Watching your dad die slowly. Painfully. #Medicaid won’t pay for a hearing aid or new glasses when someone steals his. 15/
A close friend gets #cancer. She survives. But goes bankrupt.
The husband of another friend gets cancer. They go bankrupt. 16/
Relaxing a little after #ACA is passed. Thinking you are safe. Then your GOP governor refuses #Medicaid expansion. Files suit. 17/
Signing up at but making too little money to qualify for subsidy. Being sent to #Medicaid expansion. 18/
Your state & others doesn’t have #Medicaid expansion because Dems never thought GOP could be so cruel. You pay full price. 19/
Losing everything to medical bankruptcy–for your father & you–like millions of others. Watching legislators ignore your lives. 20/
Being desperate. Thinking you can sell your painkillers–$40 a pill on the street–to pay for your health insurance premium. 21/
Having a conscience.
Knowing you can’t contribute to someone else’s addiction by selling your pills.
But the thought is there. 22/
All you want to is less stress.
Recalling how you got sick on assignment in Toronto.
All the hospital charged you was $100. 23/
Knowing @HillaryClinton will protect #ACA, seek SP/#UHC.
You’re fighting #cancer, never been sicker, but HRC will protect you. 24/
Trump campaigning on taking everyone’s healthcare.
Folks not caring enough about poor, sick, #disabled to vote against him. 25/
Tweeting from the hospital over&over
Your arm when they can’t find a vein
Your hand black from the infection caused by the IV.
Tweeting from the hospital after treatment causes paralysis.
The "gym" where they give you 3 days to learn to "walk" again.
Learning that the only rehab your insurance will pay for doesn’t have a physical therapist on the premises. 27/
Being sent home on a holiday weekend, paralyzed, with neither you nor your wife knowing how you’re going to manage. 28/
Pain. Shock. Fear.
In the hospital they gave you communion every day.
At home you can’t even pray.
You & The Wife fight a lot.29/
Recalling covering others' illnesses: a Pulitzer nom for writing about pediatric AIDS. The sweetness of abandoned AIDS babies. 30/
Writing about sitting by the coffin of a 4yr old #cancer victim while doing a story about pesticide poisoning & farm workers. 31/
Sitting at bedside of an AIDS patient covered in Kaposi’s lesions. There are rats. You're 26. He's 23. He dies. You get cancer.32/
Knowing everything about the healthcare system yet being powerless to help anyone because it’s so broken & now, so are you. 33/
Writing 30yrs worth of articles,5 books,about what it is to be sick and/or #disabled in America, yet folks are still suffering. 34/
Being unable to sleep because you have to sit up to keep breathing, now.
Who can sleep sitting up, night after night?
Inability to relax because #GOP wants to take what little healthcare you have. People telling you their healthcare nightmares. 36/
Unable to go outside since JULY when PT stopped coming.
Your insurance decided you didn’t need any more PT.
Wanting the life you had.
Being willing to settle for surviving.
Knowing #GrahamCassidy will kill you,others.
Being powerless.
Trying not to hate those who made this happen w/their careless votes.
Trying not to hate those who won't even make a call.
Writing at 3am & aching for quiet, but the sound of the oxygen generator punctuates every sentence. Oxygen hisses in your ear. 40/
Knowing how much more you want to do.
Watching your sleeping wife.
Guilty for how your illness has bankrupted her, too.
Hoping folks will care enough to save your life, the way you have tried to save others’.Hoping they will know it's theirs, too. 42/
Smiling faces of #GOP prepping to deny 35M health ins.

Senate girds for final #Obamacare #repeal vote 43/
“Vast majority of states will get less money.”
@BillCassidy lying to folks whose only chance is #SaveACA…
#DyingIs people so naïve about healthcare they think killing #ACA will magically erect #SinglePayer/#UHC when even a vote requires 60.
Any #M4A/#UHC/#SinglePayer (all different) requires 13 GOP votes. There isn't 1. #ACA gives a platform to fight for these.
Buried in #GrahamCassidy is removal of every preventative for women. Also buried is disallowing #abortion even by private ins. 47/
MILLIONS of Americans about to be sent into poverty &/or literal death because of #GrahamCassidy.… 48/
#Republicans Rush Toward an #Obamacare #Repeal With Little Time and Information…
#DyingIs knowing women & POC will suffer most from #ACARepeal.
Sign up for ACA while you can.
Help #SaveACA:

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We drank too much at Mardi Gras, New Year's.
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Let's talk about sex, #Kavanaugh & Venn diagram overlap of male entitlement.

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Some, like their adult counterparts, don't care.

This is key.
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Sept 22 House GOP passed their new cuts to Social Security Medicaid and Medicare out of committee. $1.2T in cuts.

That's the safety net.

I've always hoped I could fall there. No more.
I had to call my bestie today to have her come up and stay with me while The Wife is teaching.

Even with the oxygen, hard to breathe.

I had to cancel interviews for tomorrow, a radio appearance for Friday.

Chronic illness like #cancer is incapacitating at times.
We need to do better for sick and #disabled Americans.

It is so hard to work and be sick.

Never getting better sick.
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