by Kellen Squire
So the topic of healthcare and insurance coverage came up. But, never fear, my friends! Mr. Garrett has it under control.
Nah; I can tell you, the most they pay attention is complaining if they do happen to come into the ER- maybe for themselves, maybe for a family member- and complain about the wait time- walking up to the triage desk to inquire, “Do you know who I am?” And then complaining out loud that it must be OBAMACARE!!!!11 that’s the cause of this outrage!
Of course, all I can do is smile politely and assure them we’re doing our best to get them seen as quickly as possible. I can’t tell them they’re working a nineteen year-old little girl who’s a heroin addict, and was just sure one of her friends would call 911 in time for her to get some narcan before it was too late. Or that they’re telling a guy who had low-grade abdominal pain for a few months, and finally decided to come to the ER since he had no PCP, that it turns out he’s got pancreatic cancer. Or that we’re short staffed because we lost another nurse to burnout from a constant barrage of twelve to sixteen hour shifts where you’re lucky to find time to pee, much less eat- and taking a break? Hah!
But that’s why I’m standing up and running for the Virginia House of Delegates this year. Because these folks just don’t get it. And yes, I can take umbrage with their political stance and separate it from them personally. Because they’re not evil, they don’t wake up in the morning and wish for people to suffer- and I know some folks here will disagree with that- but I don’t think so. It’s really much more simple than that.
They. just. don’t. get. it.
And why would they? When you’re able to run fat, dumb, and happy in a gerrymandered district where you never have to try, never have to campaign, never have to be held accountable to the needs of your constituents or listen to anyone who doesn’t agree with you- what else would you expect?
And that’s what I intend to change; it’s why I’m standing up and fighting for Virginia.