March 26, 2010

March 26, 2010
Not On Our Dime

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and we have almost made it through another work week. I hope you have been having a safe and great week.

Today is cloudy and rainy in south Florida which gives me the excuse to spend a day inside and resting since I have a busy weekend coming up including my birthday and our local AIDS Walk on Sunday. Tonight I have a BOLT event at Fusion celebrating another year of their great work for people with HIV and AIDS.

I received a call from my new Infectious Disease physician, Dr. Shumann. She was very considerate to call me so quickly with my latest blood work results. Luckily given all my current health problems, my results are holding constant. While my counts are not great at least I am not in the danger zone below 200 tcells. So I count my blessings. Dr. Shumann and I have also decided to work on another problem together helping others in my HIV/AIDS community so I am grateful for her help and concern for others.

Today I would like to talk about something which is bothering me concerning health care reform. You remember health care reform I am sure. It is on the news almost every day after all. With zealots threatening those who voted for health care reform, vandalizing their property and threatening their and their families lives. And many of these same people claim to be Christians. Imagine.

We knew that power concedes nothing. So did President Obama. So did the members of Congress who courageously voted for reform, knowing that the special interests and the extreme right wing would retaliate swiftly.

The attacks are fierce. Deceptive ads are hitting the airwaves in swing districts. GOP lawmakers are pushing to repeal reform and preventing the Senate from performing basic functions. A few Republican attorneys general have launched a baseless attack to overturn the legislation. But that's not even the worst of it.

A conservative blogger posted the home address of Congressman Tom Perriello, urging tea partiers to "drop by." Other members have had death threats. Democratic offices have been vandalized.

Click here to sign a letter to Bill McCollum: Not in our name. Not on our dime:

The Office of the Attorney General was created to advocate for and protect the people of Florida, but if successful, McCollum’s lawsuit, paid for with tens of thousands of our hard earned tax dollars, would do the exact opposite including:

* Deny 4 million Floridians health insurance they currently don’t have.

* Deny 3.2 million Florida seniors access to free preventative health services.

* Deny 565,000 Florida seniors cost savings for brand name prescription drugs under Medicare.

* Deny 216,000 Florida small businesses tax credits they could use to insure their employees.

Simply put, Bill McCollum is playing partisan politics with Floridians’ lives. Yes the same Bill McCollum who is planning on running for governor of my state. So you could imagine what he would do if he was elected.

Sign the letter: Not in our name. Not on our dime:

Thanks for your help!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab