Wednesday, November 8

Look, Ma! I voted!

I am ashamed to admit this, but yesterday was the first time I ever voted, but it was the first time I actually felt strong enough to vote for something that directly affected me and my family. Even though, in the past, I, like South Park's Stan, don't want to vote between a turd sandwich and a giant douche, but I've learned, in the words of Peta's Guru:

You have to get used to the fact that there's always going to be the choice between a 'douche' or a 'turd' in voting. But your choice in voting allows you to pick the lesser of two evils.

But luckily, this vote wasn't between douche and a turd, it was about health care, something I care a lot about, and the vote was clear cut and dry. In our county, we have a free health plan that Chris & I and thousands of others belong to--if we didn't have it, I wouldn't have been able to get the vital "female" care when an abnormal pap smear showed up two years ago, nor would I have been able to get treatment for my depression, nor would my husband been able to get his much needed echo cardiograms--we would have been, frankly, shit out of luck like the millions of others in this country who fall in that damned income bracket--too poor to afford health care, but making "too much" to qualify for Medicaid.But, thankfully, our health program called us and reminded us to vote for a millage that would allow 8,000 more people to join:

Countywide, Genesee County residents are looking at a 1 mill increase for 7 years to fund the Genesee Health Plan for uninsured low income residents. It would cost the average homeowner $50-to-$75 a year. The Genesee Health Plan gives the working poor access to doctors before they become seriously ill. The millage would generate just over $11 million a year and allow 8,000 more people to join the program. (ABC News)

I'm so thankful to the voters of our county who voted this millage through.


nicole said...

Good luck with NaNoWriMo! I'm spreading the NaBloPoMo cheer by linking random blogs on my blog--you've been linked! If I ever get a reader, they may stop by here too. ;)

Denise said...

My precinct was shorted "I Voted" stickers :( Congrats on getting one!

Sarah Reed said...

Awww so sorry you didn't get a sticker! That's the best part!! lol.