by Max Brantley
It took a trip to DC to meet with Senator Cotton and his Chief of Staff, but we made it happen! We let them know that we want a bill with bipartisan collaboration and support that insures more people rather than fewer; will lower out-of-pocket costs; will provide the same coverage regardless of age, gender, or pre-existing condition; and will continue Medicaid as an entitlement while preserving Medicaid expansions.
The Senator listened as I shared my story to show him that real lives are affected, that we are advocating for others, and that the need for the items above reach far beyond the very impoverished. He acknowledged that the bill needs work, and we stressed that we want a plan with bipartisan collaboration and support. He seemed to show compassion a bit beyond what he shows publicly but was still very formal. His Chief of Staff started off very defensive but softened a lot by the end of the HOUR that we spent with him.