Love and care

Activists and Members of Congress gather in front of the U.S. Capitol on May 4, 2017 for a “Rally to Save Health Care.”

I can sum up my moral code in just one word: Love. I love people. I care about people. I don’t want people to suffer. I want people to have the opportunity to live, to persevere, to pursue their dreams.

That’s why today, I’m really struggling. Today, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to strip health care away from 24 million Americans — all to pay for a trillion dollar tax cut for rich people. I’m trying very hard, but I just don’t understand. I don’t understand how anyone could believe that a tax cut for millionaires and billionaires is worth depriving so many millions of Americans from their right to live healthy lives.

If this bill becomes law, an estimated 29,000 people will die in a single year. If we love one another as Americans — as humans — how could we allow this to happen? How could Donald Trump and Paul Ryan pass this bill in the House of Representatives and still sleep at night? Why are they doing this? What drives them? If you understand, please let me know because it’s beyond me.

Maybe I’m particularly emotional about this because it’s personal. You see, neither of my parents had health insurance before the Affordable Care Act. They simply couldn’t afford it. And so they went about their lives, often enduring pain and suffering, because they couldn’t afford to go to the doctor. I really wish they were alone in this struggle. But the fact is, they’re not.

Regardless of who you are, where you’re from, or how wealthy you are — chances are that, like me, you know someone who would lose coverage under Trumpcare.

That’s why today, we need to double down. This is the first big test for the Resistance. We need to fight this in the Senate, and we need to make sure every member of the House who voted for Trumpcare faces the consequences. The 2018 midterm elections are just around the corner. Every day between now and then, we need to call our representatives, attend town hall events, protest, donate to candidates who we believe in, and volunteer with community organizations that serve the most vulnerable in society.

At the end of the day, this is about love. We’re all connected, part of a larger community — the American community. We have to look out for one another, and care for those who are in need. That’s what makes us who we are. Today, we may have lost a battle. But in my heart, I’m confident that the power of love will drive us to win the war.