Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tick Tock

In the last three weeks, while congress has been fighting about healthcare, 53,507 people filed for bankruptcy due to crushing medical debt.

The United States is the only rich country that routinely bankrupts the sick. That's just unconscionable. It's insane.

Don't you want to live in a society that can describe itself as "just"? Don't you want to comfort the afflicted and not stand by while they are bankrupted, even if the price is more "affliction of the comfortable"??

I hear the objections from the political right to universal health care, and what I hear is ideology trumping both facts and compassion. But then, the 8 years prior to January 20th, 2009 were characterized by ideology trumping reality.

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