May 132017
Mick Mulcavey

Mick Mulvaney, Now there’s a name most people don’t know. I didn’t when I woke up yesterday morning but I do now and I won’t forget it.

So who is he you might ask. He is the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under Trump and he is a complete ass. Why do I say this? Simple, in response to a question asking if the Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare should pass the Jimmy Kimmel test he said yes but then went on to expand on what he felt that means to him. Not Cool.

Just in case you don’t know, the “Jimmy Kimmel Test” is a phrase that has its origins from Jimmy Kimmel himself in which during a monologue last week he basically begged for politicians to keep the ObamaCare guarantee for coverage of pre-existing conditions. During a press briefing  Mulvaney  was asked if he agreed with that statement. He said yes, but then went on to add a little something that means no. What he said was this:

“I do think we should meet that test. We have plenty of money to deal with that. We have plenty of money to provide that safety net so that if you get cancer you don’t end up broke  …. That is not the question. The question is who is responsible for your ordinary healthcare? You or someone else?”

He then went on to say:

“That doesn’t mean we should take care of someone who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes”

So I said in an earlier post that I was angry. Crap like this has a lot to do with my anger and frustration. It was a very ignorant statement to make .One that does not consider all the facts and also shows the inhumanity of politics.

So, not that I think Mr. Mulcavey is going to read this post, but I wish he would he might get an education if he did.

Mr. Mulcavey if you happen to read this please consider the following you may want to apologize for your words on Thursday. (Please note that I am not a doctor nor a scientist but what I have written below is a thousand times more than you obviously know when it comes to diabetes.)

There are multiple types of diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2 are the most common. There are more but we will focus on these two.

Type 1 is caused by the immune system of the person destroying the beta cells in the pancreas. These cells make insulin and in case you didn’t know insulin is pretty important stuff that is needed by the body in order to process glucose. This is an autoimmune issue and has nothing to do with sitting around the house and eating poorly.

Type 2 diabetes is not as clear as type one but here is what we know.

  1. People are at higher risk for type 2 if it runs in the family (Genetic). Right there tells me that some people have no choice, they can take care of themselves all they want they may still develop type 2 diabetes.
  2. Yes diet can play a part but just because someone eats a lot and doesn’t get much exercise does not guarantee they will get type 2 diabetes. I personally know of a few people who are extremely over weight yet do not have diabetes.
  3. With type 2 generally speaking the body may still be making insulin but the body does not react to it correctly. In effect giving them the same symptoms and the same complications as an untreated type 1 diabetic.
  4. According to research the following can all be linked to different extents to becoming a type 2 diabetic.
    1. Genetics
    2. Diet
    3. Stress
    4. Pollution
    5. Plastics
    6. Chemicals
    7. Certain Medications
    8. The body’s own hormones.
    9. (Only one of the above has to do with eating)
  5. The fact of the matter is we do not know what actually causes type 2 we just know that there are rick factors for getting it, but having all the risk factors does not mean you will definitely become a diabetic.
  6. More research is needed but I’m sure you’ll agree that the government does not want to help with that either.

Besides all the scientific data that Mr. Mulcavey is obviously unaware of, there is this thing called compassion which from his remarks seems to be something he lacks. His remarks are to say the least cold and unkind. His remarks lump anyone who is at home eating less than desirably into a category that in his mind is a category of no good, worthless people who don’t care in any way about themselves and their eating habits. It makes me wonder if he feels that someone who is on SSDI and can’t get out of the house because of a disability and only has so much money to buy food with is in that category. Does being unemployed with no money to go out and eating a less than perfect diet make someone get diabetes? The bottom line is that there are a lot of reasons one might be as he says sitting around and eating poorly. It doesn’t mean they are choosing that and it certainly doesn’t mean they will become a diabetic.

Because of his position at the White House his ignorance and attitude scare me. Not just for diabetics but for humans in general. Through his words it seems like he doesn’t care what happens to people. That we should not try and help others because at the end of the day everyone problems are of their own making. That is not something I don’t believe or subscribe to at all and if others in position of power (and there are) feel the same as he we are in alot of trouble.

A lot of people are ignorant when it comes to diabetes. People with diabetes can tell you that people say the craziest things and believe the weirdest things about diabetes that are not true. That doesn’t make them bad people, they are just misinformed. Educate them and they get it. My fear is that Mr. Mulcavey can’t be educated. My fear is that he honestly believes what he said and it isn’t going to change. What is even scarier about it is that he is in a position of power in our country and what he says could have in impact on real people.

I’ll shut up now, but I’m still angry.

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