I recently flew to Washington to meet with state Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver. Even after traveling all the way from New York, she did not join myself and her constituents to discuss lifesaving legislation.
The reason I flew to Washington is personal. My son Daniel had mild schizophrenia. He was prescribed Risperidone, a medication with the risk of suicide upon withdrawals. One day Danny said to me, “Pops, I went to get my medication refilled today and found out my insurance had been canceled.” I told Danny to call FidelisCare. He learned he missed a $20 payment which he paid immediately. They informed him his “plan” would not be reinstated until May 1.
April 9, after Danny left for work, I saw his Facebook post: “I superglued my seatbelt … And I chose death by drowning cause I can’t get above this pain.” On April 9, my son committed suicide partly because representatives have cowardly refused to stand up to the insurance and pharma lobbyists by passing universal health care.
So I ask you Sen. Cleveland: how many of your constituents want to share their own stories? Please schedule a hearing for universal health care bill SB 5204!