An Open Letter to Paul Ryan

KATIE PICKRELL

Rep. Ryan (R-Wis.),

There’s a long-standing, pointless battle against women’s reproductive rights in this country that you and your colleagues are hell-bent on perpetuating.

The most recent bill that passed the House under your leadership guts the Affordable Care Act, strips Planned Parenthood of $450 million and denies Medicare beneficiaries of claiming money for their visits at PP clinics despite that, of all this money, $0 is spent on any abortion procedure. This bill, though it is undoubtedly bound to fail when it hits President Obama’s desk, is just one bullet in the back of women’s rights that many conservatives would like to see annihilated.

That aside, it’s also one more tear in your efforts to completely divide this nation, which almost upsets me more. As the Speaker of the House, your job is supposed to be compromise (something many have often found out of their reach in recent years).

Wednesday, when Congress was scheduled to vote on the legislature, you were quoted attacking the president for failing to align himself with the American public.

“It’s up to the president to decide if he wants to side with the people whose health care costs have skyrocketed out of control, or the abortion industrial complex whose profits have skyrocketed out of control,” you said. “Congress is holding President Obama accountable.”

Of all the places we can curb spending and redirect money, the attack lands on healthcare? We live in a country where every state spends more on criminal justice than schools. We have prisons overflowing with nonviolent offenders causing a new form of racial discrimination throughout our country that has wasted trillions of dollars. We are spending nearly and over $150 thousand on individuals in solitary confinement. We have terrorist confinement camps costing upwards of $3 million a year per detainee. We spend over $700 billion a year on military action, occupation and benefits. We have cheats evading a sum of over $100 billion in taxes every year. And healthcare is where the slice is taken?

Eliminating useless spending or fraudulent behavior would be more realistic than allowing individuals without economic advantages their fundamental rights to healthcare.

Your aim here is not to help the American people, it is to further divide the country by placing abortion at the forefront of your legislation and underhandedly blaming the current economic downfall on a single individual from the American government.

I would deeply encourage you to do your job: Find a system that both sides can agree on – and leave my healthcare out of the picture when doing so.

Yours truly,

A frustrated and disappointed future political science student

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