Message to My Volunteers, April 25, 2020

To my volunteers:

April 25, 2020

Hi everyone,

Thanks for offering to volunteer for my Congressional campaign for Florida’s 6th district.

We have just qualified and my only primary competitor is quite weak, so we have a strong shot at winning the Democratic nomination in August 2020. Then we will do our best to vote Michael Waltz out of office.

As you may have heard, Alan Grayson has jumped in the race, but only as a write-in, with the rationale to make sure Waltz has opposition so he can’t frank mail in the last 90 days. I like this idea, but it makes no sense here because Waltz is opposed. We liked it so much that my wife Kristy Thripp is now running as a write-in for the 2nd district in order to stop Neal Dunn from franking mail.

I’ve been endorsed by Volusia for Bernie, and we have several other interesting news items coming up! Also, we’ll be able to have you guys do phone and text banking soon.

Feel free to reach out anytime.

Dr. Richard Thripp
Progressive Democrat for U.S. Congress (#FL6)

Daytona Beach News-Journal article about Alan Grayson’s Write-In Candidacy

It was nice talking with Eileen Zaffiro-Kean of The Daytona Beach News-Journal about Alan Grayson running as a write-in for Florida’s 6th Congressional district. Here’s their new article:

Alan Grayson to run in 6th District as a write-in, puzzling other candidates

Although it made no sense here, we liked Alan’s idea. My wife Kristy is running in the 2nd district.

Orange City resident Richard Thripp, who qualified to run in the race as a Democrat, is among those scratching their heads as to why Grayson is running as a write-in candidate.

Thripp, a 28-year-old adjunct professor of education for the University of Central Florida who has earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, said Grayson’s move didn’t make sense. Thripp doesn’t see why the victorious Democrat would drop out of the race after August.

Thripp said he and Grayson discussed the matter on the phone and had a tense exchange about the need for the write-in candidacy.

“I told him you’re running in a district that doesn’t need that,” Thripp said.

In related news:

The ballot is set! It will be Richard Thripp and Clint Curtis as Democrats in the August 18, 2020 primary for Florida’s 6th Congressional district.

Michael Waltz, Republican incumbent, faces no primary challenger.

Alan Grayson is running as a write-in candidate because he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

There’s another write-in candidate, John Nolan, from DeLand.

Both write-in candidates will only be able to be voted for on the November 3, 2020 ballot, and there will be a blank line to write in their names.

Volusia for Bernie Endorsement of Richard Thripp, Democrat for Florida’s 6th Congressional District

I have officially been endorsed by Volusia for Bernie!

Volusia for Bernie endorsement of Richard Thripp for Florida's 6th Congressional district

Volusia For Bernie is pleased to endorse Richard Thripp for Congress for Florida’s 6th Congressional District. Richard is a lifelong resident of Volusia County with a strong platform of a Green New Deal, Universal Healthcare for All, Universal Basic Income for All, Prioritizing Education, Ensuring Fair and Equitable Taxation, Restoring Congressional Authority, and Ending American Militarism. Implementation of these plans will help so many. He is not accepting money from PACs or Big Money donors. His campaign depends on US! Please show your support by liking his page, offering to volunteer, and donating! Richard has a primary challenger so ensure you can vote for him in the August primary by being a registered Dem!

Thank you Volusia for Bernie! I will make you proud!

Richard Thripp for Congress Campaign Update (Florida’s 6th District), April 21, 2020

I’m a progressive Democrat running for Congress in Florida’s 6th district (Daytona Beach area).

I’m now officially qualified to be on the ballot! It’s time to fight for universal healthcare and for the 99%.

Please contribute here if you can afford to.

We’re also looking for volunteers for phone and text banking to commence shortly. You can do it from anywhere in the country.

DeLand Woman Billed $6,325 for Coronavirus Care—My Response to a Medical Billing Careerist

Here is my response to someone who worked in hospitals / medical billing for decades and is arguing that the 23-year-old COVID-19 positive DeLand woman billed over $6,000 by AdventHealth and Emergency Medicine Professionals for her March 19, 2020 visit to AdventHealth DeLand’s ER should have not expected care for free and is being unreasonable:

It is clear. She called her PCP first and was told to go to AdventHealth DeLand. Obviously they gave her bad advice. I’m sure the first thing on her mind wasn’t billing and cost, but the article says she did do reading on this and thought her visit to Advent was covered due to the pandemic. In fact she has health insurance in Spain and might not have known it is invalid in the USA. It would have been “free” in Spain thanks to her health insurance, and in fact you yourself admitted her visit should be covered by the federal government of the USA under recent legislation… eventually. AdventHealth could have asked their billing department to send out notices instead of bills with a codicil that this might end up getting paid by the feds. Leadership requires action, not excuses.

Ordinary people do not know what you know about medical bills and billing. Even if she was given the sheet with the “patient bill of rights,” there was surely plenty of other paperwork to do and in practice, not many people read things like that. A real leader is interested in actual outcomes, not criticizing and holding individuals to impossible standards about what they “should” have known or done.

Not everyone teaching English has a TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) degree… often they just have a 4-year degree or even less in an unrelated subject. There is a strong need for English teachers overseas.

Who is going to turn down care they are told is medically necessary over cost? The cost isn’t disclosed up-front. Would you have also told victims of adjustable rate mortgages from mortgage brokers they trusted and thought were working for them to suck it up following the housing crash?

You and I know when going to the DeLand ER to expect multiple bills in the mail, from the hospital, Emergency Medicine Professionals, and possibly even more. For her, getting the AdventHealth bill for $4,356.28 in the mail, and then the Emergency Medicine Professionals bill for $1,969.00 in the mail 3 weeks later, was certainly a shock. She is also dealing with her mother being quite sick with COVID-19 and just recovered from COVID-19 herself. Have some empathy.

My additional response to a response from the same individual advocating against the patient, again:

Once again, you keep on showing that you are tone deaf. The PCP’s office, given her symptoms, told her to go to the ER. There could be legal consequences to tell someone to go to the Health department who needs emergency care. Furthermore, healthcare professionals prioritize saving lives rather than instructing patients on pricing. However, most Americans are not loaded with cash, and as [a commentator] said, it is completely divorced from reality to expect them to understand medical billing.

In fact, she is being asked to pay $2,840 in total—which already shows the $6,325 was a farce—chargemaster pricing is meant to make up for the huge proportion of uninsured patients who never pay their bills. At the same time, this cost will very likely be paid by the federal government if the hospital is patient (I understand they are struggling financially right now—so are their patients). AdventHealth is bungling this whole issue and it looks awful.

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