by Denise Waldrep
candidate for SC House Representative, District 13
This week we celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 and the promise of their tomorrows. We also honor the lives of the fallen heroes who gave up their tomorrows for our today. Let’s honor these heroes by working together to paint the best possible tomorrow for the Class of 2020. We must walk the walk, not just talk the talk, of working for the common good.
If we’re in quarantine during this unsettling time of dealing with a virus that we cannot see, we might be “walking the walk” in our PJ’s with bad home haircuts and a few extra corona quarantine pounds! Nevertheless, we will persist through Zoom and Webex meetings to work toward getting equal and affordable telehealth care access for all. We can see the early fruits of this endeavor at DHEC’s web site.
Thank you to S.C. Representative Jim Clyburn for facilitating partnerships between healthcare providers and internet service providers to help make this a reality. Representative Clyburn also pushed hard to get $200 million into the CARES Act for a pilot program to help healthcare providers receive broadband connectivity and devices for telehealth services. This money also provides reimbursement to both community health centers and rural clinics for providing telehealth service during this time of emergency. This goes toward free testing for COVID-19.
Even though we may feel more like a burned out bulb than a glowing light at times, remember, in the words of the great statesman John Lewis:
“You are a light… And if you follow your truth down road to peace and the affirmation of love, if you shine like a beacon for all to see then the poetry of all the great dreamers and philosophers is yours to manifest in a nation, a world community, and a Beloved Community that is finally at peace with itself.”― John Lewis, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America