I once had a legislator tell me I didn’t understand how hard his job was….. “You have never been in my shoes…”
It is time for legislators to walk in our shoes. Before they say no… Before they turn their head…. Before they wash their hands of us….. Before all that they need to walk a mile in our shoes. They need to know what their inaction means. They need to know the injury of their politics, of their assumption that the poor and hurting can wait on their convenience. They need to know their actions have real life consequences for real life people. And they need to know that some people who don’t need to die, whose death is preventable with anything close to adequate health care will in fact die.
The shoes in the picture above represent a small portion of 280,000 pairs of shoes, of people who walk each day alone, of the incredible diversity of Tennesseans of all walks and positions in life who need, who pray each day that Insure Tennessee will no longer be a question but a long awaited answer to the daily fear, the daily challenges they live with. They represent both a challenge and opportunity to our legislators to care and make a difference.
Before you walk away…. Before you leave…. Stop and walk in our shoes.
The link below the picture describes an action next week at Speaker Harwell’s office. You are invited. If you can’t come send your shoes. Send the message loudly and clearly.
Walk a mile in the shoes of the uninsured.
Time for Tennessee to take a step. Finally it is time.
Insure Tennessee now