We are your neighbors, your friends, your compatriots. We suffer from chronic illnesses. Most of our illnesses are hidden, and not readily apparent to those who don't know us well. We suffer in silence from either preventable illnesses or exacerbations of chronic diseases due to lack of, or insufficient, medical care. We are not lazy, most of us had successful careers before we became too sick to work. We are not spendthrifts or criminals, most of us paid into 401k's for many years before we lost everything due to astronomical medical bills that we couldn't possibly pay. Many of us, like most of you, had insurance when we became sick, that either completely denied payment (and therefore medical treatment) or didn't pay even a fraction of our medical bills. Now we become sicker with each passing day, because no doctor will treat us without payment, and no pharmacy will fill our prescriptions if we can't pay for them.
Can you really kick us out in the cold with no medical care in our hour of need? Look into my eyes and tell me that I deserve to have to choose today between buying food and buying the medicine I need. Are you truly that cruel and cold-hearted? We exist as prisoners in a purgatory of pain and illness where we wait for deliverance each day, either by death or through the miracle of somehow obtaining the medical care we need to relieve our pain and suffering.
Please, look into your heart and find the compassion to care for those who are no longer able to care for themselves. You never know, If we receive the care we need, we just might become working, tax-paying, healthy human beings again.