We write and write to our members of Congress, but nothing ever happens. Usually we never hear back; occasionally we get a letter (sent with our tax dollars) telling us why we are wrong, but mostly just business as usual. Well, one more time here we go:
I'm about as Republican middle class as it gets, and this tax bill does absolutely nothing for me. I might save $50 a year until 2025 when any benefits for individuals expire, but in the meantime this bill is dismantling my long-term security. Elimination of the individual mandate is a direct sabotage of the American health care system. My premiums are going to skyrocket as a result. Additionally, the trillions being added to the national debt will come back to us in cuts to my Medicare and Social Security (which I have been paying into my entire career).
I'm pretty convinced that my letter to Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch and to Rep. Mia Love — or all of our letters, or the polls that show that the majority of Americans do not want these changes — will change nothing. But I know that we, collectively, will remember what happens. I will remember when the next election cycle rolls around, and I will exercise my right to be heard. And while I am not sure, I do think enough of us will remember to make a difference.
Salt Lake City