I have a serious chronic illness which the government believes does not exist. According to the government and CDC, Lyme Disease is curable after 6 weeks of antibiotics, and if you’re still sick after that, you’re mentally ill. Lyme symptoms are listed in the DSM 5. Millions of people suffer from Lyme and Chronic Lyme just in this country, and it is a world-wide epidemic that NO GOVERNMENT covers in single-payer or insurance. I posted a video made by the lyme community below.

People with chronic Lyme have to stay on medications indefinitely. I’ve been on them for 20 years, and if I go off for a month I start to lose mobility, memory, hair, ability to sleep. I can’t focus, can’t make a fist. Within six months I’d be completely crippled, unable to go to the bathroom on my own, like I was before I could get medicated.

I lost my speaking voice forever and was left with a whisper. Before that I was a professional singer. But due to misdiagnosis and mistreatment by doctors, I lost something I can never get back.

Prior to Obama’s election I spoke out about my worries about Obamacare. All of my worries came to pass – and worse. At the time I could not prove that this would happen, but based on rational guesses from doctors all over the country, my own doctors etc, I had a feeling this would not work out well. I’m not a doctor or an analyst, but I am AFFECTED by this policy. 

My healthcare costs have quadrupled since 2008. My medical bills are now about 50k a year out of pocket, and I am still not healthy enough to keep a full time job. I cannot acquire several medications that I could acquire easily in 2007. My insurance closed down due to being unable to afford to stay open due to Obamacare mandates, my new insurance closed down soon for the same reason, and the third does not cover medications I used to get , due to Obamacare mandates.

When I spoke out about my worries, I was mocked, talked down to, told I was stupid and racist by “friends” on the left. Perfectly healthy people, who would not be affected by this policy the way I would. The point is not whether I had “proof,” whether I could argue like a lawyer, or whether I was right or wrong. I understand that I’m not a lawyer, and as an artist my language can be less precise. But my worries were real, and came true. And there was NO EXCUSE for my friends on the left to call me names like that when I was voicing real concerns. And I am a liberal-minded person.. pro-choice, sympathetic to BLM, pro gay marriage.. I used to sing at gay rights and womens’ rights events. So there was no reason for people to accuse me of being racist/sexist/ idiotic or whatever, just because I opposed a policy on the left and was very loud about it *because of how it affects me.*

Some liberals like to talk about privilege. Yet, able-bodied people were, as some liberals call it, “ablesplaining” to a chronically ill person why their concerns about a *health care bill* which could mean life or death for that person, were not real. My own… so called.. friends.

I may have said some over-the-top things about Obama, “libtards,” or other politicians, and my words and actions are entirely my responsibility – but on the other hand, when people treat me this way knowing how much I have suffered – I have …*gasp* … EMOTIONS, and get.. gasp.. *ANGRY.* Yes, I am human, and not a robot! So then it’s easy to corner me and say “You are speaking with your heart instead of about facts,” “You said something out of line,” etc, but really, I felt so alone and disheartened, overlooked, dehumanized and betrayed, what’s to be expected? When a very sick person voices concerns about a healthcare policy and then their “friends” repeatedly silence them and call them racist, they are likely to get angry! BIG shocker!

There is no reason to alienate people like this. Even if I’d ended up being wrong, the complete lack of empathy that I received from many people – people who OFTEN post very charged political posts on their own pages about issues that don’t affect them nearly as directly – was disheartening. For this reason, I doubt I will be voting for any democrat for a very long time; possibly for the rest of my life.

The left – including much of the media, and Hillary Clinton calling Trump voters “deplorables” – encourages, and sets the premise for, this behavior. So I cannot, in good conscience, support them.

And every time I see a post saying something like “Everyone who voted for Trump is a racist, sexist homophobe” – I think to myself, here they go again with the lack of empathy! here they go again calling anyone who opposes them “names” instead of listening. I do agree there is lots of racism, homophobia, sexism etc. backing Trump for those exact reasons, but there are also people who are concerned about their financial and medical well-being, and who are sick of current policies. Not to mention the war policy mentioned in this video. Some empathy, and LISTENING, could further the liberal cause much faster than name-calling, ostricization, etc.

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