The 67th letter: poverty

A Dear Governor Haslam encore

Dear Governor Haslam

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 67th letter to you.

Its about poverty. What you believe about health care is intricately tied to what you believe about poverty. And Tennessee has a lot of poor people so what you believe about poverty says a lot what you believe about Tennesseans.

There are people who believe that poor people are basically lazy and lazy people should not have access to health care. The idea that health is earned by work seems barbaric in a state in which 60% of people with mental illness are unemployed, in which blacks and other minorities are disproportionately unemployed, and in which getting sick without insurance keeps you from having a job. It is barbaric to be okay with shorter and sicker lives for poor people because you think they are lazy.

By not speaking up and by telling people that believe stuff like this their…

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