Dear Wyoming Senator Dr. John Barrasso,
I just watched you on CNN’s State of the Union
this morning. I want you to know that you just lied. I am a Wyoming
citizen, one of those that you said doesn’t want the Affordable Care
Act, and you lied. I want it. Very much so. My cousin, also a Wyoming
citizen, is now covered under his parent’s plan as a student at UW
because the ACA extended the age requirement for children to 26. My
mother, father, aunts, grandparents and cousins are all insured because
they cannot be disregarded because of a pre-existing condition.
You said that Medicaid patients aren’t being seen because doctors
don’t get reimbursed. Also a lie, they do get reimbursed. Shame on you
for spreading that rumor. I am a very ill woman whose blue-collar
husband works his butt off and, still, the only insurance option I have
is Medicaid. The doctors here in Wyoming believe your lies. They believe
that they won’t get paid and that they shouldn’t have to accept me. My
husband has to miss full days of work to make sure I can see the doctors
I need to stay alive, to avoid blindness and to maintain a semblance of
quality of life.
You lied. You said that people travel over state lines for care
because of the Affordable Care Act. That is so very untrue sir. My
family travels over state lines because you lie to our doctors and make
them feel just in their prejudice against my poverty. I am forced to go
to Colorado because there, the doctors know that Medicaid is profitable
for them, and they treat me with Wyoming’s Medicaid dollars just fine.
They get paid, they have fine offices with nice decor, well vacationed
doctors and nurses with nice homes.
You should know that this Wyoming citizen, at least, sits in tears
wondering what your Hippocratic oath meant to you this morning. Your
lies, your policies and your politics literally make me sick – and I
think that you know that this is the result for poor people in your
state. What kind of doctor are you? What kind of Representative are you?
I’ll tell you what kind – a disgraceful lying kind. You must profit
greatly from your behavior, I have no idea how else you might justify
and Voting Citizen