After discussing his belief that there should be some sort of ‘safety net so that if you get cancer you don’t end up broke,’ Trump’s Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney (R) said, “That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes. Is that the same thing as Jimmy Kimmel’s kid? I don’t think that it is.”
My oldest child has dealt with this disease every day for 7+ years now, Mick. She changes out her insulin pump sites every 3 days and must calculate carb counts for every food or drink item she consumes, or she could end up in the hospital or dead. She’s probably been poked by needles upwards of 30,000 times; you’ll have to forgive us as we lost the actual count by the third day after her diagnosis. And yet all of that seems like a walk in the park compared to those times when we thought everything was fine, when all the carb counts were right and the insulin dosage was proper, but we’re woken up in the middle of the night to the sounds of a continuous glucose monitor’s alarm going off telling us our daughter’s blood glucose level is plummeting to dangerous levels.
There’s nothing quite like rushing to your kid’s bedroom at 3 in the morning, tripping over the cat in the hallway, while fumbling for fruit snacks and juice boxes as they lay either blissfully unaware of their dire situation, or perfectly aware of it — woken from sleep — but too weak to do anything about it. There aren’t many words one can use to accurately portray the feeling of sitting next to your child’s bed desperately hoping their blood sugar levels start inching back up so that you don’t have to break out the Glucagon or call for an ambulance.
But yes, let’s talk about “eating poorly,” Mick. Let’s talk about the birthday parties, the childhood innocence of inviting your friends over and eating pizza and birthday cake. Let’s talk about the times when we’ve done everything according to plan for our kid’s treatment, only to see her blood sugar levels rise above 500, causing her to feel like shit for hours and needing extra shots of insulin on a couple of separate occasions.
Shouldn’t have been a gluttonous pig, right Mick? No better than a drunk who chugs a fifth of vodka and then acts shocked when they run into a tree and total their car, right bud?
Like hundreds of thousands of other children across the country, my daughter has type 1 diabetes. It’s an autoimmune disease that was brought on through no fault of her own. Her eating habits didn’t bring it on, and her exercise routine didn’t make her more or less likely to develop it. It just fucking happened. And now it’s a preexisting condition she’s going to have to live with for the rest of her life, unless the cure that we’ve been hoping for is finally found and made available to all.
Oh, I know, you didn’t mean it like that, did you? You didn’t mean to mock and belittle the healthcare needs of millions of people living with type 1 diabetes, just the other tens of millions of people living with type 2 diabetes, right scumbag?
Regardless of what squirrelly twatwaffles like yourself probably think, there are genetic components and environmental factors that are sometimes out of a person’s control which can lead to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Sure, diet and exercise can definitely help to reduce this risk, but there are still cases where people think they’re doing everything right only to find out they’ve contracted the disease. The solution isn’t to belittle them or assume that it “must be their fault,” but rather to make sure they have access to the care and education they need to properly manage and possibly start reversing their condition. Every situation is different, and every person deserves competent guidance.
Of course, the sick irony in your comment is that your party is open to rolling back some of the healthy eating initiatives set forth by the Obama administration, even taking aim at Michelle Obama’s efforts to curb childhood obesity. Because nothing says ‘you shouldn’t be eating so poorly!’ quite like saying the previous administration was wrong to launch healthy eating initiatives.
This kind of attitude is the end result of the Republican party’s penchant for playing games with people’s lives for nothing more than their own morbid kicks and the benefit of their wealthiest chums. There is no logical reason why we shouldn’t have universal health care for every American, just like pretty much every other major nation has for their citizens. You know, the same type of system Donald Trump promised to push for with “great health care” that left people “beautifully covered” — before giving his endorsement to a harrowing bill that would gut Medicaid and give the rich massive tax breaks that they. do. not. need.
Go fuck yourself, Mick. Then consider pulling your head out of your ass long enough to look at some facts rather than flaunting your breathtaking ignorance while insisting that some preexisting conditions matter more than others, you sleazy piece of shit.