Okay, this is not an attempt to be political or obnoxiously opinionated. Most people who know me know my stance anyways.
Yesterday, one of my clients with whom I have been building a relationship over the past year and who I care for deeply, came into my office and asked if I was going to vote in the election. He correctly guessed which candidate I'd be voting for. When I asked him if he was going to vote, he stated emphatically that yes, he would be voting, because this election could mean the difference between receiving disability and living a productive life, and being on the streets. He has overcome a lot in his life and has worked so hard to be where he is. I took him grocery shopping for the very first time about 9 months ago (he was 52), shortly after he moved into independent housing for the first time in his life. He has met and bravely faced a lot of life battles that most of us never come near. And, to top it all off, he is perhaps the sweetest person I have ever had the joy to be in communion with.
So, the main reason I am voting in the election in November is for people like him. People who never received a "fair shot" at the American dream and who truly need the support of their fellow Americans. I know there are obviously flaws in the Medicaid system, but there are also powerful, meaningful, life-giving stories of success. Not to mention, many of my coworkers & I would be at risk of losing our jobs. And clients like this would be at risk of losing services that help keep them well and, seriously, alive.