Gymnasts would be jealous of this flip.
Democratic Senator and hopeful presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand really stepped in it this last week. The Senator is working the campaign trail, and seemingly taking cues from fellow New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, working social media. She is working hard building a platform, and spreading her message. Unfortunately, it seems that she was not paying attention to her own message, and the resulting outcry forced her to quickly back pedal.
Last Friday, Gillibrand sent out the following tweet.
This legislation which she and Cory Gardner introduced directly contradicts her platform. From Gillibrand’s own senate website, “Senator Gillibrand believes that a woman’s medical decisions should always be made between her, her family, and her doctor – not by politicians.”
So, should a woman’s (or man’s for that matter) medical decisions be made by politicians or not? Should people only be able to make their own choices on abortion and not on medication? The senator’s hypocrisy did not go unnoticed and thousands of users responded.
Some commented on her hypocrisy.
Others commented on her obliviousness to the suffering of individuals which need pain medication.
Some just called it what it was.
In any event, Gillibrand seemed surprised by the response, and quickly attempted some damage control with a post on Medium. In her post, she states that her proposed legislation would “explicitly exclude opioid treatment for patients suffering from chronic pain, cancer, or other longer-term health conditions, so chronic pain patients would not be affected by this bill” which is a good idea. But she then goes on to state that ” it only applies to initial prescriptions for acute pain, so if patients need a prescription for opioids for acute pain after the initial seven-day prescription, their refill would be at the discretion of their doctor.” What does this mean? It means that her bill would have absolutely no effect. If it was ” intent was to address what experts believe is one of the root causes of the opioid epidemic: the over-prescription of opioids for acute pain.” Yet, if the refill would be at the discretion of the doctor, then the bill would have no effect on the over-prescription of opioids. No effect whatsoever. It seems it is nothing more than an opportunity for Gillibrand to pass a bill which does nothing.
In her post she goes on to say, “this was the first time that my office and I have heard this level of criticism.” Well, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, you’re attempting to run for president of the United States of America. You’d best get used to criticism. And if your initial reaction to criticism is to immediately reverse your position, then you’re certainly not the right person for the job.