There are a lot of things I could talk about here. It’s been awhile since I wrote, and I owe my loyal readers (all five of you!) a couple of specific posts. But today I think it’s important to talk about a couple of political things that have the potential to severely impact the most vulnerable among us.
Our newly inaugurated US president has already taken steps to keep employees of the USDA, FDA, and National Parks Service from sharing information with the public. These are public employees who are not allowed to share information with the people who pay their salaries. We pay taxes. The new president does not. We have a right to real information and facts from the agencies that work for us.
We also know that the current administration and Congress plan to gut the Affordable Care Act, which allowed millions of Americans who previously didn’t have health care coverage to become insured. Those of us who have insurance through our workplaces also benefit from this legislation because it provides free preventive care and birth control, as well as unlimited lifetime insurance coverage. While it’s not perfect, the ACA extended to millions the right to quality health care that’s been sorely lacking in America.
And on and on.
The new administration has already shown that it doesn’t care much about the American people, no matter who they voted for. This type of authoritarian language and behavior is dangerous to our democracy. Please do what you can, including calling your state and federal congresspeople, and supporting those around you who may be more deeply impacted or have a harder time adapting to these situations. Let’s look out for each other. The link below includes action steps and the opportunity to sign up for a weekly newsletter with action steps you can take to be part of the solution.
This is not the time to go about business as usual.