New frontier in "Resistance": Mailing your ashes to Congress after the GOP health-care law kills you

Anyone can be an activist during life. True woke-ness belongs to those willing to turn their own carcass into a political statement.

Right now you’re thinking, “AP, there is no ‘GOP health-care law.’ There’s a GOP health-care bill that’s already deader than the people it’s supposedly going to kill.” True, but clickbait has its own logic and slacktivism takes many forms. One man’s “Bring Back Our Girls” hashtag is another man’s “FedEx-ing my ashes to Paul Ryan.”

Incidentally, don’t try to FedEx your dead body to anyone. As HuffPo notes, federal law makes the U.S. Postal Service the exclusive carrier for human residue. If you must ship your bones to Nancy Pelosi, make sure your relatives know they’re stuck waiting on line at the post office.

Washington, D.C., college student Zoey Salsbury has insurance today, thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows children to stay on their parents’ health care plan up to age 26.

She said she watched in horror Thursday as House Republicans passed an Obamacare repeal bill called the American Health Care Act, either unaware their legislation would kill people, or simply unsympathetic enough to care.

So, Salsbury set out to make GOP politicians face the consequences of their vote, launching, a website that pledges to send the ashes of your cremated body to a member of Congress, should you die because of the Republican health plan…

“Many of my friends will die” if this becomes law, she said. “People will literally die, and they don’t see that that’s going to happen.”

She said she came up with the website “on a whim,” which is hard to believe for an idea this thoughtful. But then, that’s also how people like Fred Upton seem to have decided to support the AHCA. One good turns deserves another.

If you’re going to go to the trouble of sending your remains to Congress, go the extra mile and have them made into something attractive first, like a pendant or a brooch. A congressional office that gets an urnful of ashes is going to dispose of them immediately. Turn yourself into cufflinks and you could spend eternity adorning some very pricey lobbyist’s wrists. Exit question: If pro-lifers somehow amassed the ashes of every infant aborted in the Roe era, how many square miles of storage would congressional Democrats need to receive them?

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David Strom 8:31 AM on October 02, 2022