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Get real!

Sometimes I think people in Washington have NO idea what is going on with people in the U.S. This is primarily because our legislators are middle or upper class folk. And guess who they hang out with, and talk with? Other middle or upper class folk!! Rarely do the worlds of the lower working class and middle or upper class collide.

Well, everyday I see these people in my clinic that utilize Medicaid and CHIP programs. I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at a Federally Qualified Health Center. I see people who can't go to the grocery store until their next pay check... can't afford their kids antibiotics for an ear infection... can't afford healthy food so they eat sugary cereal and cheetos all day long. There are so many complex issues we face societally.... but please be apprised of REAL happenings with people who utilize these social safety net programs. Without them, we will all suffer--- because of many reasons, the most important of which is that CHILDREN NEED TO BE HEALTHY IN ORDER TO BECOME HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE ADULTS. Less productive adults means a less productive society, which affects us all in the long term.

—JenniferOR
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