WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS POLITICAL CONTENT
Politics are polarizing. This year especially, even discussions that might allude to your political allegiance can become uncomfortable and turn us off from each other. I can’t lie, whenever I hear someone voted for Trump I have a bit of a visceral reaction. And it’s not because they’re republican (or so I assume), it’s because there are so many issues I care about that our President (and, I would assume, his supporters) does not, so it’s safe to assume we don’t share the same values. It’s as simple as that. And YET I come across people all of the time who have all the fury in the world to argue about politics and in the end have no idea what the fuck they’re defending or why.
There is nothing more annoying than someone who can’t articulate why they consider themselves a Democrat or a Republican, who say vague things like “because my parents are” or “I was raised that way”, but have no problem degrading someone else simply for their political affiliation. Being Republican or Democrat should not determine where you stand on the issues, your values and beliefs should determine where you stand on the issues and land on left-right scale.
Last night, Jimmy Kimmel shared a story that had me in tears — so many tears. As I listened to him tell his story about his son who was just born with congenital heart disease, I had flashbacks. As he spoke about his experience at his Children’s Hospital in LA, I thought of our own experience here at our own Children’s Hospital when Matty was just eight-weeks old and had to undergo surgery for Pyloric Stenosis. I shared Jimmy’s exact sentiments. Children’s Hospital is a place full of amazing people with huge hearts doing incredible things for families and children of all socio-economic backgrounds. Kimmel ended his speech on a political note touching on healthcare, namely Obamacare, and urging people to think outside of their political parties – it was perfect:
“President Trump last month proposed a $6 billion cut in funding to the National Insitute[s] of Health. And thank god our congressmen made a deal last night not to go along with that. They actually increased funding by $2 billion, and I applaud them for doing that.
We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all. You know, before 2014 if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition and if your parents didn’t have medical insurance you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition.
If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. I think that’s something that if you’re a Republican or Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right? I mean, we do.
And whatever your party, whatever you believe, whoever you support, we need to make sure that the people who are supposed to represent us, people who are meeting about this right now in Washington, understand that very clearly. Let’s stop with the nonsense. This isn’t football. There are no teams. We are the team. It’s the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants. We need to take care of each other.
I saw a lot of families there and no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”