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  •  thank you so much (19+ / 0-)

    for your diary.

    So many Republicans, like you didn't, do not get it because they have not been forced to like your family has been.

    "There were NO churches or charities who would help.  It was government that helped.  With no strings attached either....  Just a focus on meeting needs.  
    Government is like the good Samaritan. "

    That has been my life experience as well. I have needed ...desparately need..and my social connections had not/had not been able to help.

    My life is not at risk if Romney is elected BUT my health and emotional well being is. Anyone on Medicaid is at great risk.

    Obama needs to get it out there MUCH MORE what these Medicaid changes will mean to millions.
    There should be an Ad on TV with REAL people just like you. They need to be "non steryeotypical" examples of "hard working" people, or elders, just to break the stereotype.

    FYI folks--many people on disablity (who worked for years and paid into the system) also rely on Medicaid as the secondary coverage to their medical care. People on disablity RELY on their medical coverage daily or weekly and changes to it get to the core of their lives, as it does for many elders.

    •  Same thing happened to me (12+ / 0-)

      as a child. Charities turned us away and the government stepped in to help. It was the worst three years of my life but it is something I will fight for everyone to have as a safety net till the day I die.

      Charities can pick and choose who they help...government can't.

      If peace is to prevail we all have to become foes of violence.

      by spacejam on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 04:14:31 AM PDT

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    •  In fairness to charities, churches, and other (3+ / 0-)
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      voluntary programs, I want to say that when my sister and I were taking care of our mom through her long final illness, we got significant help form those groups.

      THe American Cancer Society provided things we needed and couldn't afford to go out and buy -- a hospital bed, a walker and later a wheelchair, a bedside commode, etc.  Visits from a local church made a real difference in our mom's quality of life and gave some respite to my sister and me.  Volunteers from the non-profit hospice were an incredibly important help.

      These kinds of organizations can't do everything.  In addition, many of them are on complete overload these days because of the underfunding of the safety net.  They end up turning people away because they don't have the resources to help.  Only government programs, supported by all of us and acting on our behalf, can take on something as huge as health care and disability assistance.

      But the voluntary groups are part of an old and healthy tradition of helping out in our communities.  THey've improved lives and saved lives too, and the people involved are often very dedicated.  ANd we're going to be needing them for a long time, as well as the major safety net programs.  So I just want to acknowledge their value as well as their limits.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 02:14:32 PM PDT

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