We are the minority.
By definition we don't have the numbers to win unless the majority bothers to care.
Some of those we represent this time will die if the policy in House bill 221 passes.
Some will lose their independent lives and go into institutions.
But we are told there are no options.
Even asking Idahoans to pay $50 more a year is not an option allowed on the table in this debate
To save those lives.
What are lives worth?
Not even $50?
Yet we must stay here and debate as if this were a sane process
A process where rational people act in the best interest of our state.
Are we collectively better as Idahoans, as people, if we willingly let people with disabilities die?
Let families suffer?
People we could have saved with mental health support?
With adequate in home care or therapy that keeps someone independent in their home?
When the crisis you create grows, everything stops.
Even our theory that this will save money.
Hospitals, funerals, prisons and emergency rooms are not cheaper than simply providing care.
Where on earth has our civility, our compassion and humanity gone?