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This website is to serve my campaign for 2018 - Bossert for State Senate.  Shown here is a photo with then candidate for Governor, Roy Cooper.  Today he is in the Governor's Mansion.  In 2016, I ran a campaign that didn't get me over the top ... but did get me a good start with over 37,500 votes.  I call that a good start.  Join me in this adventure as we work for a 2018 win.  

 

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:17 PM

Medical Cannabis

The work Todd Stimson is doing regarding medical marijuana has been both thoughtful and well organized.  I don't know as much as I should on this issue, but it is time for all of us to study and stop all the 'evil weed, gateway drug' horror stories.  We need to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.  

There is an ample and growing case that it helps with a wide variety of health issues; i.e. nausea following chemo-therapy, glaucoma, and other uses as well.

I don't advocate alcohol addiction or drug addiction.  I know, too, that once it is legalized for medical purposes there will be those who will abuse it.  That is no reason to deny marijuana's use to people whose lives will be made better for it.

Many other states have legalized marijuana for medical use ... and, yes, recreational use, too.  We need look no further than those states to see the good and bad of their practices to help us craft North Carolina smart legislation.

Keep at it Todd!  Things are swinging in the right direction.


Friday, July 21, 2017 10:20 PM

Cutting Medicaid? Heck no!

Many people do not understand what it means to individual families how devastating draconian cuts to Medicaid would be to families with profoundly handicapped children.  I worked for two years as Director of the Progressive Education Program (PEP).  Absent Medicaid, many families would be unable to afford wheelchairs, special hardware and software to facilitate communication, respite assistance for families struggling to have some semblance of a 'normal' life, and even after school educational services needed to help a child grow.  Yes, these services are expensive.  But as a professional educator (albeit a retired one), I believe that it is our job to meet children where they are and get them as far as they can go.

At PEP we served children with incredible needs from age 4 - 21.  In my second year one child had to be put on life support close to the end of her final year at PEP.  I was invited to the hospital to be by her family's side when she was taken off life support.  I will never forget gathering around her bed with her foster parent and mother as life support was removed.  

As she she took her final breath foster mother looked heavenward saying, " Now she has graduated, yes, she has truly graduated."

Some cynical politicians may think that her life wasn't worth the investment.  I was given a gift that day and will never forget that every life is worth our collective financial support.

 


Monday, July 17, 2017 9:44 PM

Health Care - What next?

The battle over health care is taking an ugly turn. The talk now is that there is interest in giving states block grants allowing them to choose whether or not they come up with their own plan or continue with the ACA. We know how the NC General Assembly would choose to go. They have condemned our neediest neighbors of the benefits of Medicaid expansion (nearly 1/2 million people.) So, we can assume that they will continue to abandon those people and the likely abandonment of those with pre-existing conditions. We must get our General Assembly back in the hands of those who care about all of us ... not just those with money!


Monday, July 17, 2017 9:44 PM

Health Care - What next?

The battle over health care is taking an ugly turn. The talk now is that there is interest in giving states block grants allowing them to choose whether or not they come up with their own plan or continue with the ACA. We know how the NC General Assembly would choose to go. They have condemned our neediest neighbors of the benefits of Medicaid expansion (nearly 1/2 million people.) So, we can assume that they will continue to abandon those people and the likely abandonment of those with pre-existing conditions. We must get our General Assembly back in the hands of those who care about all of us ... not just those with money!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:36 AM

Republicare! On their health plan.

Approval of the Republicare plan would deprive millions of health care. Problem is ...most of us can't really understand the volume of 20 + milliion people. When people first read the "Diary of Anne Frank," they truly understood what we need to understand today. This is not about the millions.
This is about the one ... the one person you know who will no longer be able to get insurance because of pre-existing conditions.


It is about the one parent of a profoundly handicapped child who won't be able to get respit care.


It is about the man or woman with diabeties who will be unable to get their supplies.


It is about the person who dies for want of basic health care, leaving his/her family destitute.


This is about the one person ... not the millions. It is about our neighbor.


With the current bills, states can opt out of this or that provision of ACA. Our General Assembly has made it clear where they stand on helping oridinary folks like you and me.

Past behavior informs us of how the General Assembly will handle things in the future.  We hold our neighbors and their children and the quality of their lives in our hands! Will we sit silently ... or will we work for our neighbors?

 

 


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