(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
‘The Cause of My Life’
Inside the fight for universal health care.
By Edward M. Kennedy | NEWSWEEK
In 1964, I was flying with several companions to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention when our small plane crashed and burned short of the runway. My friend and colleague in the Senate, Birch Bayh, risked his life to pull me from the wreckage. Our pilot, Edwin Zimny, and my administrative assistant, Ed Moss, didn’t survive. With crushed vertebrae, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung, I spent months in New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. To prevent paralysis, I was strapped into a special bed that immobilizes a patient between two canvas slings. Nurses would regularly turn me over so my lungs didn’t fill with fluid. I knew the care was expensive, but I didn’t have to worry about that. I needed the care and I got it……….
Ignoring criticism – namely from Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid – that intra-party targeting was ineffective, Barack Obama’s campaign arm is expanding its health care ad buy into the districts of key conservative House Democrats……..
Bill Moyers Journal: Money and Health Reform
BILL MOYERS: This week, Regina Benjamin was nominated by President Obama to be our next surgeon general, charged with keeping the American public informed about our health. She’s a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius Grant.’….
What is it with the wealthy, and the politicians that support them, Both Parties, that they don’t get the point, on pure economics, of a healthy society, workforce and those born to grow into, that they would reap much more in steady wealth that a universal health care system would cost, and those cost shared would even go down.
Not only a healthy society physically but mentally as well, as one of the biggest worries of people is their health and if they can produce to be able to enjoy their fruits of their labor and keep producing, taking the extreme worry off the table.
Their health and welfare and their families, especially the children!