Let’s be clear that everyone deserves health care, even those people who voted for President-elect Donald Trump and for Republicans in the House and Senate.
Our goal must be to join every other major country on earth in guaranteeing health care for all through a Medicare for All program. pic.twitter.com/RE0Z68hq5p
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 17, 2017
We’re all in this together, whether we’re insured through our employer, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Medicare. All three have a symbiotic relationship with one another. Any adjustment to one of the three affects the other two. So when the Senate passed a bill recently that could lead to the repeal of ACA it created a lot of uncertainty about everyone’s health care in this country, except, of course, for the very rich.
Here’s what Oklahoma’s U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a right-wing extremist from a right-wing state, had to say about the vote:
Last night’s vote paves a path for the Republican-led Senate to follow through on the promise we made to the American people; we are now set and ready to repeal Obamacare. For the last seven years Americans all across the country have been feeling the devastating effects of this law. And Oklahoma has been among the worst hit. Individuals have lost their health plans and many families have seen their hard-earned dollars come up short when it comes to affording their skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles. Repealing Obamacare will give us the opportunity to make things right again and will allow us to work with the incoming administration to ensure our healthcare system actually works for this country.
Of course, none of Inhofe’s indictments of the ACA are true, and he doesn’t even mention all the millions of people who now have insurance and are happy about it.
The Center for Conscience in Action has been actively involved in advocacy work for Chelsea Manning since 2010 shortly after she was arrested for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. (She was then known as Bradley.)
In that time, we have organized marches, public forums, vigils, talks, letter-writing campaigns, petition drives, Twitter […]
I wrote last Wednesday about how an animal advocacy group has ranked the Oklahoma City Zoo as the worst for elephants, and the zoo’s response to the designation was, as expected, defensive and non-specific.
— Oklahoma City Zoo (@okczoo) January 11, 2017
The organization, In Defense of Animals, gave the ranking to the OKC Zoo based primarily on their treatment of two elephants it obtained relatively recently from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. One of those elephants, 37-year-old Chai, died of a blood infection last year. The other elephant from Seattle, Bamboo, has been attacked and had a section of her tail bitten off. She has also gone on the attack.
Yet another OKC Zoo elephant, 4-year-old Malee, died in 2015 of the elephant herpes virus.
The ranking received widespread attention in the local media. The zoo’s response, which no doubt had to be approved by its director Dwight Lawson, did so in a way that deflected the issues raised by In Defense of Animals. Here is part of the statement:
In Defense of Animals uses deceitful tactics to manipulate the public in an effort to further their anti-zoo agenda. Their latest effort exploits sensitive images of one of the Oklahoma City Zoo’s elephants during an emergency medical care procedure. The group accompanies the images with false information about the health and well-being of zoo elephants.
Note the use of the language “deceitful tactics” and “exploits” and “false information” without giving a a shred of evidence. None of the full statement fully addresses the deaths of the two elephants or the fact that Bamboo has been attacked and has obviously had a difficult time fitting into what zoo officials insist on calling a “herd.” The elephants at the Oklahoma City don’t constitute a “herd” in any natural use or sense of that word. The zoo is simply avoiding the issues by deploying unsupported allegations by using charged rhetoric.
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- Will Inhofe, GOP Deny Medical Access To Millions? January 18, 2017
- OKC Supporters Celebrate the Commutation of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence January 17, 2017
- OKC Zoo Issues Defensive Response To Ranking January 16, 2017
- Urgent Note To Oklahoma Teachers: Don’t Be Fooled By GOP Rhetoric January 13, 2017
- Group Ranks OKC Zoo Worst For Elephants In 2016 January 11, 2017