The 39th letter: we need a movement

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 39th letter to you.

We spend so much time on strategy.  I know you must spend a lot of time trying to make sure all the Tenn Care stuff doesn’t blow up in your face.

I think we need a movement and not so much a strategy. We need a moral imperative.  When the question changes from “how can we afford to expand Tenn Care?” to “how can we afford not to expand Tenn Care?” we will be on the road to a solution.

Governor how can we afford not to expand Tenn Care?  How??

Until tomorrow.

Yours truly,

Larry Drain

The. 38th letter: fears unfounded

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 38th letter to you.

I apologize for missing yesterday but life, as it sometimes does got in the way.

The link below is to an article that refutes one of the main tea party talking points. Expanding medicaid will not swamp the state budget. If anything it helps. It creates jobs, helps hospitals and by decreasing the costs and frequency of extended or serious illness puts money back in the state coffers. Read the article. Tell me what you think.

Until tomorrow.

Yours trujy

Larry Drain

Medicaid won’t swamp state budgets | Modern Healthcare
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20140607/MAGAZINE/306079937/medicaid-wont-swamp-state-budgets?utm_source=frontpage&utm_medium=newsitem309&utm_campaign=carousel-traffic
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The 37th letter: homelessness

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 37th letter to you.

Things have turned rocky for us.  Efforts to find a place for Linda to live are not going well.  Her placement with her mom is falling apart.  We found out in the last 48 hours that options we we thought were weeks away were a year away or more. 

I have a part time job now and if Linda lives with me it will cost her her tenn care and ultimately her life.  Without the job I have no food. She will have it looks like to move back in our apartment and me live out of the car… perhaps for a very long time.  Nothing can risk her insurance.  It is life.

Expanding Tenn Care could save us.  Please  consider it.

I hope to finally hear from you soon.

Until tomorrow,

Larry Drain

The 36th letter: The people in Alabama are talking to you

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 36th letter to you.

I am not sure how to say more than the post below.  It was written to the Governor of Alabama, but I am sure that they meant to send it to you instead.  It lays it all out as well as anyplace I have seen.  I hope the person who reads these letters so you wont have to shares the post with you.  I guess Alabama is not as different from Tennessee as I would like to think.

http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/2014/06/23/it-is-time-to-expand-medicaid-and-quit-playing-politics/

Until tomorrow.

Yours truly,

 

Larry Drain

The 35th letter: It is good business

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 35th letter to you. Still no reply or acknowledgement.

The article below states a clear and simple truth. Medicaid expansion is good business. Not just good businessm but very good business. Unless you have something awfully powerful to contradict this how can you not do it?? What stops you?? I really dont know.

Expand Tenn Care. It is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing to do.

Until tomorrow.

Yours truly,

Larry Drain
http://www.thebradentontimes.com/news/2014/06/09/state_government/study_shows_that_hospitals_are_doing_better_in_states_that_expanded_medicaid/

The 34th letter: Sunday prayer

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 34th letter this Sunday.

Lord
I pray that you will give Governor Haslam a vision of how to solve the health care crisis without telling the poorest and sickest they cost too much.  Lord help us to measure success by the amount of people we help to find new health rather than by the amount of people we get out of paying fork

Until tomorrow:

Yours truly

Larry  Drain

The 33rd letter: how would you wait?

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 33rd letter to you.

If you were in my position how would you wait??

Suppose there was a policy that greatly threatened the quality of your life or that of your loved ones.

Suppose that the powers that be (that largely set this policy) decide not just that you lose the debate but that there will be no further debate without their approval(are you seeing the problem.??)

And suppose you wrote each and every day and asked the leader to at least talk about a new policy, to consider a change, or at least talk directly to the people hurt by his decision.  And suppose not only did the leader not agree, he gave you no acknowledgement he even knew you asked the question.

How would you wait??  What would you do?? How would you cope??  How much irrelevancy about a decision central to your life would be okay with you???

Governor, at least start a conversation about expansion.  At least acknowledge  the people you are hurting.

Until tomorrow,

Yours truly,

Larry Drain

The 32nd letter: on a month

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 32nd letter to you.

I have been writing you for a month.  I have not gotten any kind of reply or acknowledgement from you.  I dont understand why.

I am not powerful.  I have no official position.  There is nothing I can give you that will make it worthwhile for you to talk with me.  It is just the right thing to do.  I am a Tennessean.  It is a 2 way transaction.  You hear from me.  I hear from you.  You will hear from me every day.  When will I hear from you??

Until tomorrow.

Yours truly,

Larry Drain

The 30th letter: please talk to the governor

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 30th letter to you.

But this one is really not to you.  It is to whoever reads these letters for you.  I figure you have someone hired to keep people like me away from people like you.

So whoever you are (I really don’t know your name) my request  is real simple.  I would like to speak to Governor Haslam.  I know he is very busy but perhaps there is a day he might have time to speak with me.  Please ask.  I voted for him.  Please ask.

Until tomorrow.

Yours truly,

Larry Drain