Saturday, September 05, 2009
Would Better Angels See 50 Million Need Healthcare? Its Time for TeddyCare.....It's Time.
(posted August 30th)
A Letter to Our Senators and Our Leaders....
It has been excruciating to say goodbye to Teddy...He was always there fighting for us, all of us in DC for over 45 years. I watched alot of the footage this week and I poured over Cspan and Youtube Footage.But by tonight I was sad and empty, and worried. I want to believe that Some One will step up and Fight for us. We are at a Critical Juncture with the Healthcare Battle, because this is no longer about Insurance Reform, it is about a Broken Healthcare System in this Country.
The Statistics Alone Should have All of You Banging your Fists and Fighting for Us.
When 50 Million People in a Modern Developed Country have No Access to ANY Healthcare, that is indeed a Crisis. When 14,000 people a day are Losing Healthcare, that is a Crisis. When 400,000 a month are losing care that is a Crisis. When 76% of ALL Bankruptcies are due to Medical Debt, that means literally 2000 people a day are Losing their Homes for their Health. When 22,000 People die Per year, that Means that During the Bush years more than 160,000 People died, with NO Healthcare.And more than 6 Million people lost their jobs this year, have any of you thought that maybe they don't have Healthcare ?
As People have shown up to Town Halls and stood in the Rain to see Teddy and say Goodbye, did you Look at THEM? Did you see their pale skin, tired eyes,lackluster hair, broken teeth, and worn out clothes ? Did you see how fragile people look ? Did you look in their eyes ? Did you see how much pain there is in those eyes? Eyes of people who can not take care of Children and Family Members ? The Pain that comes when people are choosing between Meds and Food,...It's Real.
I first Saw the Abandoned Tired Faces of Katrina, and my heart ached for the People of NOLA, but then over the past 4 years I began to see Those Same Tired Abandoned Worried faces everywhere, all over the Country. And now I realize the Truth, That Millions have been Katrinaed, Millions have been Told they Do NOT matter, that they are a Waste, that they are Invisible. Millions share this Shattering neglect....Katrina was just part of a much Bigger puzzle.
For Millions of us, the Public Option the way it is being Manhandled and Recrafted as a "Co-Op" will not help us. And for Millions of us we want to know WHY we are not good enough to qualify for the Care that Federal Employees or Elderly have ? Why are being offered Scraps and Leftover Ideas ? We don't need an " Exchange " or " Subsidies", or the chance to be rejected or turned down again, we Need Access to Care NOW. For Many of us we are Out of Time, and it is a Life or Death Situation. And we Don't know why DC can NOT and will NOT see That.
Our Country is in a Crisis, it is a crisis that we must face together. We need Our Government to Pass Laws Opening up Healthcare for All,it could be done creating a Public Plan For Everyone that Has Nothing, It is Not Fair to only offer VA Benifits and Medicare and Medicaid to SOME, when Millions have Nothing. Please Create a Universal health Plan, you could even expand Medicare and it would not be costly. And Please Name if for Senator Edward Kennedy, he fought for this for over 40 Years. Call it TEDDYCARE.
March 4th 1861 President Lincoln said this at his 1st Inaugeral Address to a Broken Shattered Country as he ended his address.He was appealing to People to listen to their Better Angels.......
"I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
I am asking you to Find and Listen to Your Better Angels...and to Keep a Promise to Teddy. I am asking you to do What is Morally Right.... I am asking for a Bill to Provide Healthcare for All and Call IT TeddyCare.
And I realize that I will be now at this point grateful if we get a Public Option....
Signed An UnInsured Nurse.....
The Prayers of his Grandchildren at the Funeral say it all...
originally posted 8.29