The news that doctors have left Dell Children’s Medical
Center in Austin broke on the Texas
Standard this morning (May 16) citing the work of Nicole Villalpando, an Austin
American-Statesman reporter. Unfortunately, Villalpando’s story is behind the
newspaper’s strong paywall. Nevertheless, this news combines with the Texas
Tribune’s reporting on May 12 that the Texas Legislature has advanced
a ban on transgender care.
This is a continuation of the vermin-like behavior of the Republican
Party, and especially the Republicans in Texas led by the fascist governor,
Greg Abbott and his creepy-crawlies in the form of Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton.
This should not be a surprise. In
2015, I pointed out what a bloodsucker Abbott was. But that added twist
today was learning that an additional assault against decent behavior came from
Ted Cruz and Chip Roy. These particular pieces of feces wrote Dell asking for
personal patient information, likely a violation of the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
We don’t know the details of Dell’s doctor departure.
However, we know one thing. The above-named public officials are not — I
repeat, not — working in the best interest of the people they claim to
represent. Every one of the these vermin are Christian nationalists and
theocrats seeking to impose on the populace a form of fascism based on a
perversion of the United States Constitution and the writings of our nation’s
founders. Abbott, who I personally believe is an evil sociopath, leads the march
toward turning Texas back to the Nineteenth Century. The harm to individuals affected
by these dystopian laws and assaults will go well beyond them and their
families, which are and will be devastating.
If that’s not enough for these purveyors of cruelty and
indecency, it will undercut Abbott’s chant that Texas is a great place for
business. Smart people, those who form the backbone of an educated workforce,
will not want to move to a bastion of mediaeval life. Oh, their owners and
masters may be happy with that environment, as award-winning Duke University
historian Nancy MacLean pointed out in “Democracy
in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America.”
Educated people blessed with critical thinking skills — not so much.
How many times must one bugle a clarion call to fight these