A REQUEST FOR ACTION

I have just sent the following to a circle of family and friends and will be sending others I know and respect this message throughout the day.  I hope you who might read this will act and spread the word, by copying what you see here and adapting it to you.

I am turning to my dear family and friends with this fifteen minute request for today. If Medicaid gets cut, so many people we personally know in our relatively privileged world, and many more vulnerable people who live on the edge, will be devastated (a dramatic, but accurate, I believe, word). I am politically moderate. I want a strong Republican party, because I think it’s better for our country.  BUT, I absolutely oppose the Republican health care proposal, beginning with its cuts to Medicaid.

I ask you to do what I’ve done: send one handwritten postcard and one letter (preprinted, just signing, it in pen”) to your senators and the President. The postcard will be read and counted quickly. The letter reinforces if it gets opened. Together the two double the volume of mail.

Senator John Cornyn| 517 Hart Senate Office Building| Washington D.C. 20510| 202-224-2934

Dear Senator Cornyn,

I am a registered voter, a political moderate who sometimes votes Republican. I oppose any decrease in Medicaid spending now or going forward into the foreseeable future.

Mary (Molly) H. Sharpe

1805 Exposition Boulevard

Austin, TX  78703-2833

P.S. Note that I live in your old neighborhood, I believe, and, yes, there are neighbors here whose families and friends require Medicaid for various reasons, although most don’t talk about it. So far my immediate family hasn’t, but that’s by some good luck.  My mother when she died was in a nursing home that my husband and I were able to fund, but we were running low on money for that. Had Mother lived longer, she would have required Medicaid.

I sent similar postcards to:

Senator Ted Cruz| Russell Senate Office Building #404| Washington D.C. 20510| 202-224-5922| and President Donald Trump| 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW| Washington, D.C. 20500.

Here’s the letter I sent to the same three, writing in their names and signing my name and address: you can print out this same letter stating this position or tailor it to you:

I have sent you a post card to register my opposition to reducing Medicaid.  Here’s why I believe reduction of Medicaid is a mistake:  Medicaid covers more than a third of the nation’s children and pays for half of all births.

More than any other statistics, these speak to where we are headed as a nation if the federal government doesn’t act to create a health plan that helps people in need.

Pushing down the responsibility to the state level doesn’t help Texas; we are not a state known for its generosity to the poor. Pushing down the responsibility to the local government isn’t an answer either. That leads to a patchwork solution of highly expensive emergency room visits and health crises that could have been prevented with proper intervention. These pregnancies and children and pregnancies are not going away.  And, those of us who are older have our own needs, and we are the ones who vote at the greatest rate.  Ask AARP.

 

Mary (Molly) H. Sharpe

1805 Exposition Boulevard

Austin, TX  78703-2833

SO, DEAR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME AND THE OTHER PEOPLE HARD AT WORK ENGAGED IN THIS EFFORT.  IF YOU DO, WOULD YOU EMAIL ME? I’M MAKING AN ATTEMPT TO TRACK HOW MUCH MAIL WE CAN GENERATE.  IF YOU DISAGREE, YOU CAN LET ME KNOW THAT, TOO, BUT PLEASE REPLY JUST TO ME—EITHER WAY.

AND, ONE MORE REQUEST:  If you would do as I have done and send this request to your ten best prospects (or 100 or 5—whatever works for you), that’s where our work will really get done.  I’d love to have people you contact email me, too, or go to the Friends for Civil Action blog to comment:  http://mollysharpe.blog.

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