When your father was giving you your first "small" million dollar loan, my mother was trying to figure out how to pay for my medicine and hide it from me when the stress made her cry, and I was working two full-time jobs while also attending college classes — just to afford my treatment.
And while I'm a 30-year-old facing the possibility of a medical bankruptcy due to insurmountable medical debt from before the ACA — along what that will mean for my future, my ability to buy a house some day and afford to have children — you've managed to walk away from multiple business bankruptcies unscathed.
So I know our lives have turned us into very different people, Mr. Trump. That was never more apparent than when I watched you mock reporter Serge Kovaleski for the physical disability he was born with. On that day, you showed all of us in the disability community — along with the rest of the world — just how cruel and ugly you can be.
Mr. Trump, you've probably guessed by now that I'm a proud progressive. But much of my family are proud conservatives. And most of us did not vote for you on November 8. But now that you have been elected as our 45th president, your duty is to represent all of us — including Americans with disabilities, who need our government to do what's right and not leave us behind. Please remember, Mr. Trump, that the act of caring, of taking care of our fellow Americans, is a principle that transcends party lines .
Earlier today, you announced you have chosen Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, saying in a press release that the choice is to show further commitment to repealing and replacing Obamacare. Rep. Price's proposed Obamacare replacement would put me back in the same place I was four years ago, unable to afford astronomically high premiums for the health insurance I needed to stay alive. And I'm not alone: if you do this, you are taking away the health coverage, and the peace of mind, of millions of Americans.
Our nation is now at a crossroads, Mr. Trump. You are at a crossroads. As you choose what path to take regarding my life and the lives of millions of Americans like me, I hope you'll keep in your mind and your heart the Methodist creed your opponent's mother taught her as a young child. These words have acted as her North Star for 69 years, and I hope they will do the same for you now:
"Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can."
We're counting on you, Mr. Trump. Please do not forget us.
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