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Fly over country

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I believe it was a Texas Monthly article I read recently about how Dan Rather, a Texan, was one of the few national journalists who had foreseen that Donald Trump had a chance to win the presidential election. He referred to where we live as what many national journalists see as “fly over country.” We’re the in-between place that many fly over on their trips to the centers of most broadcast media – either the East Coast or the West Coast. 

Whether you agree or disagree with their opinions, or the way they approach and report news, it is fairly apparent that they weren’t/aren’t particularly in touch with the majority of people in this part of the world. As my former compadre Gary Edwards said, and this is particularly true about media more than anyone else, “They are radioing when they should be receiving.”
I do not want to digress into politics, but that tag of “fly over country” has stayed with me and marinated in my mind. Unfortunately, though the people we elect to represent us come from some place in our area, sometimes one has to wonder if our Senators and Congressmen also regard us as fly over country.
I am going to veer into the political wings far enough to ask how many feel your needs are being represented? Then I want to ask, how many are communicating those needs? I do know that I never heard Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who is wise in faithfully visiting his constituents and who was dead-set against Obamacare from the beginning, say in a meeting that he wanted to do away with the requirement to provide insurance to people with preexisting conditions.
It was abundantly clear the Affordable Care Act was in his sights. He referred to business-killing regulations in the act and said that something better could be done.
I understand that the requirement to make insurance companies insure people who are sick goes against the capitalist way. Maybe it’s over simplification, but I believe insurance companies’ money would not want to have to spend money to pay peoples’ medical bills. But if people with preexisting conditions - your mother, your daughter, your grandchild - can’t be insured, what do they do? Do we let them just gather up in the corners of alleyways and pretend like we don’t see them?
This need to continue to provide for preexisting conditions – in some accountable form or fashion - begs me to ask, who would really benefit from there not being a requirement to do this? And is that who our elected officials are representing?

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