The 90-something woman in a wheelchair talked about her WWII vet husband, living in a VA facility, supported by services provided through Arizona's Medicaid expansion.
The nicely dressed 40-something woman wore her Planned Parenthood button proudly on her chest; she held dozens of pink postcards destined for the Senator's desk.
The 60-something gentleman carried a sign: Sen. Flake, Choose One: ⌧ Leader ⌧ Lackey
The 40-something lady on crutches swung her legs through the open door and into the office with a smile on her face and fervor in her heart.
I was there, too, 60-something and sweaty, carrying a letter written on my personalized stationary. They know my story, but I continue to repeat it.
For all of us, the facts remain the same. Our lives would be quite different if the ACA is repealed.
Yes, it's falling apart, but that is, in large measure, due to the uncertainty surrounding continued funding. If I've heard it once I've heard it a thousand times: insurance companies like stability. It's easier for them to pull out than to manage the chaos.
I can't blame them. I can blame President Trump and the Republican Party, including all three of my Federal, elected officials. Martha McSally's amendment requiring government officials to use the AHCA has vanished from the Senate's proposal. I've not heard a peep from her about that. Sen. Flake was Gabby's friend, he saw her suffering, he doesn't think that universal health care is a good idea. Sen. McCain remains skeptical, but I've heard no proposals from his office, one way or the other.
All of us outside Sen. Flake's office this morning had ideas. We shared them, in writing, with the 20-something young man behind the bullet-proof glass. We shared them with one another, smiling at our activism and its results - as we were parking, the news came over our individual car radios that Mitch McConnell failed to rally the troops. The vote is put off until after the recess.
And so, there is more work to be done. Indivisible and Move On can aim you in the right direction, whether it is calling or writing or protesting with signs and chants and microphones and bullhorns. In addition to being the resource for all things trails, American Trails provides a screen shot view of all the links and phone numbers you could possibly need; they even show you how to address your MOC. Resistbot will type up a fax for you and send it on its way; it doesn't require an app or a download.
None of the calling or writing takes more than 5 minutes. While you're waiting for the coffee to perk, the toast to toast, the carpool to arrive.... make use of the time and feel good about yourself and become a part of the solution.
And this goes for those of you who might think that Repeal and Replace is a good thing. Your voices should be heard, as well. I've been looking for you, fruitlessly. I often feel as if I'm preaching to the choir, here in The Burrow. It may be possible, on this issue, that the choir is the entire population of the United States.