Friday, January 3, 2014

This isn’t a Damn Game Speaker Boehner – Steven and Nathaniel Lives Matter

The Republican’s party determination to enact former candidate Congressman Paul Ryan’s 2012 Vice Presidential Platform of austerity measures towards the poor, uninsured, and disabled must be denied by Congressional Democrats. They must fight to keep The Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” the law of the land. Obamacare will provide Steven and countless people like him the health care coverage and benefits that they need to have a measure of joy, care, and health. Insurance companies can no longer deny health coverage to disabled Americans with pre-exiting medical conditions.

I am a close family friend who loved and was loved by Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Hopson for many years. My dear friends are the parents of three adult men.  Two of them Nathaniel Hopson Jr and Steven Hopson have pre-existing physical and emotional medical conditions.

In April 2013 Nat Senior died. I decided that I had to go by any means necessary to support his loving fragile wife Joyce and their children. During my time with them I attended an event to honor Steven.

Steve Hopson volunteers at Bob Dye Clay Family YMCA in Orange Park, Florida. Steve who has been disabled since birth started volunteering at the YMCA after his younger severely disabled brother Nathaniel Hopson Jr began attending Daystar.  (Credit YMCA 2009 annual report) Nate,has cerebral palsy, a medical condition that affects control of the muscles and makes Nate physically unable to care for himself.

This is a brief look into the lives of the Hopson family lives. These two disabled adult men and the other disabled people in this video deserves to have continued health care coverage and other benefits that bring meaning and joy to their lives. 

Most people believe what Steve said in this video “we want to take care of ourselves.” Most aren’t looking for a handout but are willing to work and/or volunteer to take care of themselves and others in need. At this time in their lives like many unemployed they can’t provide for themselves but they shouldn't have to worry about affordable health care.

If Speaker Boehner and other GOP leaders want to implement their party’s vision and agenda for America they must WIN an election. They should once again present their case to the American people. If after hearing their case and the case of opposing Democratic opponent they win the 2016 Presidential election then and only then should the PEOPLE allow Republicans especially Tea Party Republicans to FORCE their vision and will of their wealthy donors on Americans.

Vera Richardson