MS Republican’s Response to Poor Woman Asking for Help for Sick Child is Appalling

It takes a lot to truly offend me. When you deal with politics as much as I do, you really do need to have pretty thick-skin, otherwise you’re probably going to lose not only your faith in humanity — but your sanity, as well.

However, when I saw the story concerning Mississippi State Rep. Jeffrey Guice’s response to an impoverished woman who wrote him seeking help to pay for her child’s diabetic supplies, I was offended and absolutely disgusted.

On Monday, Nicole Nichols sent an email to each state representative asking for state lawmakers to do something to help her, and others like her, who are having trouble affording critical diabetes supplies their children need to survive due to changes in the Medicaid/CHIPS program:

We have recently begun having a lot of problems with Medicaid/CHIPS coverage for the essential diabetes supplies needed, not only to keep our kids healthy, but to keep them alive.

Is there someone in the legislature that can and will help these children stay healthy? They must have these medications and supplies which administer the medications to stay healthy and, quite honestly, alive!

You see, Nichols’ 8-year-old daughter, Bella, has been getting her Type 1 diabetes supplies through Medicaid. Recently the company they had been using to get Bella’s supplies outsourced products and shipping to a company that’s not covered by Medicaid. Meanwhile, the supplies Bella needs to survive cost upwards of $2,000 every single month.

So, what was Rep. Guice’s response to this desperate mother trying to find a way to keep her daughter healthy and alive?

“I am sorry for your problem. Have you thought about buying the supplies with money that you earn?,” Guice wrote.

What a low-life, bottom-feeding scumbag.

For the record, Nichols does work.

“There is this really bad assumption that people who have Medicaid for their kids are not doing what they can to thrive and be successful and the majority of the people I know work one, two, sometimes three jobs and struggle because of the medical cost,” she said. “They might not be doing exceptionally well but they are functioning members of society.”

Republicans do this garbage constantly. They love spreading this idea that just because someone is poor and relying on government programs to survive that somehow they’re nothing but lazy moochers living off the system, when millions of people who rely on these programs have jobs – often even more than one – and they’re still barely scraping by.

The issue here isn’t even whether or not Nichols works, it’s that when Rep. Guice was contacted by a parent asking for help to save her child’s life, he showed absolutely no concern for the child, instead choosing to respond with a disparaging and mocking comment to the desperate mother.

His response is inexcusable, disgusting and absolutely appalling — but par for the course when you really take a look at how the Republican party views and treats the poor.

I would highly encourage everyone to take a moment to contact Rep. Jeffrey Guice to let him know what you think about his response to Nicole Nichols’ desperate plea for help for her insulin-dependent child.

Here’s his contact information:

Mailing address: 2016 Bienville Blvd  Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (228) 872-2994 

Then, please hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know that you did.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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