Just when you thought it couldn’t be tougher to be a single mom, trying to be both mother and father to her children and struggling to make ends meet, along came Obamacare. One mom decided to vent her frustration by posting a letter to the President on her Facebook page. Yolanda Burroughs-Vestal of Palmer, Texas never expected her rant to go viral, but it has had tens of thousands of views and is still going strong. Her “Thanks a lot, Mr. President” letter speaks to the day-to-day experiences that many parents – and not just single parents – have while working too many hours and making too little money. Suddenly former money problems seem minuscule in the face of the huge increase in expenses that Obamacare will bring, without any of the promised relief. (Most people are finding that once they make their monthly payments and cover their deductibles, they will have spent over $5000 before Obamacare ever covers a dime – and if the family is already struggling financially, who has room for that in the budget?)
I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all you have done and are doing. You see I am a single Mom located in the very small town of Palmer, Texas. I live in a small rental house with my two children. I drive an older car that I pray daily runs just a little longer. I work at a mediocre job bringing home a much lower paycheck than you or your wife could even imagine living on. I have a lot of concerns about the new “Obamacare” along with the taxes being forced on us Americans and debts you are adding to our country. I have a few questions for you Mr. President.
Have you ever struggled to pay your bills? I have.
Have you ever sat and watched your children eat and you eat what was left on their plates when they were done, because there wasn’t enough for you to eat to? I have.
Have you ever had to rob Peter to pay Paul, and it still not be enough? I have.
Have you ever been so sick that you needed to see a doctor and get medicine, but had no health insurance because it was too expensive? I have.
Have you ever had to tell your children no, when they asked for something they needed? I have.
Have you ever patched holes in pants, glued shoes, replaced zippers, because it was cheaper than buying new? I have.
Have you ever had to put an item or two back at the grocery store, because you didn’t have enough money? I have.
Have you ever cried yourself to sleep, because you had no clue how you were going to make ends meet? I have.
My questions could go on and on. I don’t believe you have a clue what Americans are actually going through and honestly, I don’t believe you care. Not everyone lives extravagantly. While your family takes expensive trips that cost more than most of us make in two-four years, there are so many of us that suffer. Yet, you are doing all you can to add to the suffering. I think you are a very selfish and cold-hearted man, who does not care what is best for the people he was elected by (not by me) to represent, but more so out for the glory of your name attached to history. So thank you Mr. President, thank you for pushing those of us that are barely staying afloat completely under water and driving America into the ground. You have made your mark in history, as the absolute worst and most hated president of the United States. God have mercy on your soul!
Average American Vestal said she was worrying about paying the bills when she penned the letter. “It was on my mind I had to pay bills,” Vestal said. “All I could think was, how am I going to make it to the end of the month?” BizPac Review describes her situation:
A divorced mother of two teenage daughters, Vestal also has a son who lives with his father. While she and her ex-husband work together to do what’s best for their children, Vestal said, the economy has changed, putting a financial strain on both households. She makes too much money to receive assistance, she said, but barely enough to get by.
Vestal has received offers of help, but she said she’s not looking for handouts or charity, and that’s not the reason she wrote the letter.
“I’m not worthy,” she said. “I’m one of millions.”
She merely wanted to express her opinion that legislation pushed by the administration in the last few years is hurting people.
“Right is right, wrong is wrong,” she said. “What they’re doing is wrong.”
Vestal said she’s received a few negative comments, and some critics have made assumptions about her and her children. But she said she replies with, “God bless you,” and moves on to the next message.
The president was in Dallas Wednesday night for two campaign fundraisers – including a private dinner that commanded as much as $32,000 per plate, according to the Dallas News.
“One plate for dinner is equal to a year’s salary for some of us,” Vestal said.