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Kali
Dear US caregivers,

I'm writing this post because I feel that it is important, as parents of children with preexisting medical conditions, and because there has been so much discussion about health care this year, to make our voices heard in our elections.

FEAST is a non political group and I am not writing to inspire any debate or discussions about political opinions but I feel, after a week of senseless violence and attempted violence, that I don't want to be passive. I also believe that everyone is entitled to come to their own conclusions and that it is important for us, as citizens, to keep ourselves well informed with the facts.

I merely want to encourage all to: Go out and vote on November 6. Research your candidates. Do they reflect your beliefs? Do they support mental health parity laws? Do they support health care for folks with preexisting conditions without making them pay more for their insurance than other people who do not have pre-existing conditions? If they are in congress, how have they voted on issues you feel strongly about?

warmly,

Kali


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mjkz
High five Kali because I was just trying to figure out how to post something like this without any politics involved. I'm not so good at that right now so this is much appreciated.  I'm working as a volunteer driver to get people to the polls who don't normally get out and vote (regardless of how they vote) as well as working on getting people registered and out.
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LaurieW
There are so many issues faced by our loved ones that are implicated by the electoral process here in the US.

For those of us with young adult suffers, the ability to keep them on the parents insurance until 26  under the ACA can be a lifesaver.  My daughters' recent inpatient/residential treatment was billed out for over $110,000. While we paid more out of pocket than we could easily afford - most of it was covered under our insurance.

Mental health parity laws and protection for those with pre-existing conditions are crucial as stated above. But our loved ones also need the continued prohibition on lifetime maximums in coverage.

As Kali so wonderfully said, do your research and see which candidates will support the issues important to you and your family.

We all have a lot on our plates as caregivers, but this is important.  If your state has early voting or vote by mail, why wait? Get your vote in now.  If not, make a plan for election day.  So you know how and when you are going to the polls (between preparing and supervising meals and snacks, of course).
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Kali
Thanks for your posts, Mjkz and LaurieW! Mjkz it is wonderful that you are going to help drive people to the polls.

Here is a link to a "scorecard" where you can see how the Eating Disorders Coalition has rated the members of the Senate and Congress based upon their votes for different eating disorder related issues.

http://eatingdisorderscoalition.org.s208556.gridserver.com/couch/uploads/file/scorecard_10-5-2018.pdf

The representative from my district, and one of my state senators have A ratings. Makes me happy to see that. 😉

Kali


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AUSSIEedfamily
Dear Kali,

I find it interesting that in the US of A it is voluntary to vote. Here in Australia it is compulsary to vote and you get fined if you dont vote.
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ValentinaGermania
In Germany it is also voluntary. That leads to sometimes only 40 % go to the vote... I think it should not be fined but I would love if they make it more attractive to vote....
Tina72
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AUSSIEedfamily
It should definately be compulsary and get fined for not voting. TOO many people gave their lives to defend democracy my uncle in the first world war & two cousins in the second. It works in Australia and makes sure there is a very high turn out for elections.

Anyway enough politics on here.
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Kali
Tina and AussieEd Dad, It is interesting to hear how it is in other countries.

best,
Kali
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Torie
AUSSIEedfamily wrote:
It should definately be compulsary and get fined for not voting. TOO many people gave their lives to defend democracy my uncle in the first world war & two cousins in the second. It works in Australia and makes sure there is a very high turn out for elections.

Anyway enough politics on here.


I have been trying not to post on this thread, but since we now have a strong opinion in favor of compulsory voting, I think it's important that the other side be represented.  Unless we are also going to require voters to be INFORMED, i think requiring everyone in the US to vote would be a terrible mistake.  As someone who has run for a (very minor) office, I'm aware that some people vote based on whose name appears first (erroneously thinking that that suggests something about quality or popularity) or even whose name they prefer.

I definitely agree with this: "Anyway enough politics on here."

-Torie
"We are angels of hope, of healing, and of light. Darkness flees from us." -YP 
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