In remission and taking names

I was in DC on Thursday for some health advocacy, when a topless rather Goth young(er) woman ran up to me and wanted to give a hug. You’ll have to take my word for it that one kindof gets used to this sort of thing as a Twitter celebrity.* Still, I hesitated for a moment, and she said: “Thank you for the work you do,” and she held up her sign (see below fold).

She is a cancer survivor. She is now protesting the Senate health bill, given her preexisting condition and the rest. She’s in remission after punishing chemotherapy and other trials. She was loaded for bear like many people on this list. “It’s a little uncomfortable to see someone like this,” she said. But not as uncomfortable as chemo and surgery.

“You do you,” I said. “And be well.” We went our separate ways.

*Comment meant to be taken seriously not literally.

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

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  1. I am getting less certain that they even intend to pass a repeal and replace of the ACA. I think that they are incapable of governing and are unable to propose any real alternative policies. They have known nothing but the politics of attack since 2008, and they want to run against Obamacare again in 2018 rather than having to defend something that they would entirely own. If they can get their base to continue hating all things Obama, they can avoid an electoral catastrophe, which is good enough for their purposes. (This did not stop me from going to Sen. Cory Gardner's office today to hand-deliver a letter urging him to vote against the Senate bill).

    Never underestimate the stupidity of the Republican base, after all.

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