I’m not sure of the source(s) here, having never heard of “Axios” before, but the pedigree is sound (former Chief White House Correspondent for Politico).


This isn’t a dictatorship, and thank GOD even a few of the members of our Republican delegations in the Senate and the House somewhat listened.

Let me be real here. An end result of Obamacare is that my father lost his retirement insurance with AT&T, so no, he did not, in fact, get to keep his plan. He has chronic health issues, and his health care costs have gone up by a third in absolute dollars (did not adjust for inflation). That’s a strike against. But you know what? He still has good coverage. Sure, it’s a more expensive proposition, and sure it doesn’t honor his years of service and sacrifice to a corporation that couldn’t give two shits about him, but he’s here, and he’s going to continue to be here.

On the other side of the debate, my best friend Kevin Sipe recently battled colon cancer (twice). The first time, without insurance. In my opinion (and Kevin might argue with me), he got shoddy treatment that did not adequately address his needs. The second time, Kevin received much more thorough and comprehensive care with coverage from Obamacare. The result? He’s in remission and still around to bust my ass. Without Obamacare? I might not have a best friend.

My partner Kate Baker, who works for a small non-profit, would not have affordable health care without Obamacare. She’s a hardworking, single mom–a tax payer and a contributor to this country not just from a fiscal standpoint, but from an artistic and personal one as well. I obviously have a personal stake in this, but the thought of her not having affordable health care is scary at best.

Would I sacrifice my best friend and the well-being of my partner for a little extra money in my pocket? If I broaden the scope, would I deny access to health care for millions of Americans that really don’t have another option?

I used to think that government should not be in the business of providing social safety nets, that being the responsibility of the individual. It’s hard for me to shake this view, but when I think of all the stories of people who owe their health (or even their lives) to this broken, propped up system we currently have, I wonder what we could do if we all worked together in good faith to serve the people of this country.

We don’t need half-assed repeal. We need reform. That’s the challenge I laid at Michael Burgess, the representative for my district.

For a full rundown of the Republican opposition, see this link:…/happened-ahca-vote/