Anyone who reads my blog (thank you both!) knows how angry and frustrated this stuff makes me. Expecting people to crowdfund for necessities of living and medical expenses is NOT a solution to a broken system and a broken economy. We do this so people have what they need RIGHT NOW, but for folks with chronic illness, right now is always.
When you vote, when you communicate with your elected representatives, when you encounter someone at the grocery store...remember that it will eventually be you or someone you love. Eventually we all are going to need help. Making sure that help is available to everyone who needs it is all our responsibility.
That said, please consider sending something along to this lovely lady. Not because she is "one of us" or because she "deserves it" - both are true - but because a fellow human being is suffering and needs help.