United States Post Office Cuts Prevent Texas Grandfather From Receiving Heart Medication
The future of American democracy and processing mail-in ballots are not the only potentially dark consequences of President Donald Trump and Postmaster Louis DeJoy continue to wage war against the United States Postal Service and mail-in voting.
But while boiling national outrage has been intensely and understandably focused on possible political calamity, DeJoy’s hacking away at mail collection infrastructure, personnel, mail processing capabilty, and efficiency of delivery has imperiled the lives of millions of Americans who depend on the USPS to deliver life-sustaining medical supplies and medication.
Consider, for example, the case of 82-year old Don White, who lives in Humble, Texas. White has relied on the Postal Service to deliver his heart medication for years, but recent slowdowns and cuts to delivery service have left him without his medications, in one instance, two weeks. Despite having a tracking number and making visits to his local post office, where learned that his medication had been sitting in a North Houson distribution facility for 10 days, White was unable to receive his medication.
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“There have been a few times in which it’s taken a week, week and a half, two weeks, but this is the first time I actually ran out and checking with the post office didn’t do much good, even though I had a tracking number on it,” White told Houston-based KHOU-11, a CBs News affiliate. White said that he eventually had his daughter help him fill his prescription at a local pharmacy.
The Houston, Texas-based news station contacted the USPS for comment. This is their response:
“The Postal Service is flexing its available resources to match the workload created by the impacts of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We appreciate the patience of our customers and apologize for any inconvenience that may have been experienced. We also appreciate the efforts of employees as conditions change on a day-to-day basis.
The Postal Service has long-standing processes to align workforce to workload, including contingencies to respond to events like the COVID-19 pandemic. The Postal Service maintains steady communications with mailers during events that require specific responses and advises residential customers and business mailers with regard to postal facility disruptions that may impact delivery in an affected area via its USPS Service Alerts webpage at about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/.”
The Lone Star State is experiencing one of the nation’s worst case surges in the expanding coronavirus pandemic, with 535,000 known infections and 10,000 deaths.