By Bill Peckham
Jennifer Nix has an article up on Fire Dog Lake that takes from her Salon article, highlighting the political change between 1972 and now. Nix points out that the dialysis entitlement passed with bipartisan support and that wouldn't happen in today's world. I was thinking about Nix's article while watching Keith Olbermann's special comment (transcript).
Olbermann took the whole hour tonight for a special comment on Healthcare Reform; it was as powerful and compelling as anything on TV. I heard in his voice the echo of my own experience being my Mom's care partner last year. Olbermann asked, How can we not be unified against death? and that's when I thought of the 1972 Congress.
In 1972 the Congress voted against death when they passed the dialysis entitlement. They voted to fight death, to sustain the lives of people not based on their ability to pay but rather because it was the right thing to do. Congress did that, Democrats and Republicans. Today politics is trumping the human suffering of the under and uninsured. We should be doing a much better job.