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      it's said to be all  written in stone .

      "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

      by indycam on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 11:38:04 AM PDT

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      I feel free to do something you might think obnoxious.

      Just before the 2008 election, you wrote a diary that got 1123 recommends.  That makes it an important part of this community's experience.  You can delete your profile information, but you shouldn't delete the diary because, especially with over 500 comments, it's no longer entirely your own work.  It belongs to us all.  It was meaningful to us as a community.

      Do you remember it?

      Crying in a hospital parking lot...


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      So if you've read any of my diaries before, you'll know that I'm a pastor.  As a pastor I see a lot of people who are hurting and I hear a lot of painful stories.  It has a lot to do with why my political leanings are what they are.  I'm a big lefty BECAUSE I'm a Christian (not despite it).  Yesterday a story came my way that re-affirmed this once again.

      Our church supports and houses a daycare that is technically independent of the church but is tied closely to the church and is sponsored by us.  We often share important information, pray together, and coordinate on activities when it is appropriate.  Yesterday a day care worker came up to our offices to report some bad news to us.

      More after the jump...

      A woman in the day care (I'll call her Susan, but that isn't her real name) had had an emergency.  Susan is the oldest woman at the day care.  She comes in early in the morning and opens the day care, sets things up, and prepares for the other workers to arrive.  Yesterday after the other workers arrived they noticed that Susan was off by herself, and she was crying.  The head of the day care (we'll call her Jenny) approached her and asked what was wrong.  The staff down there is very close and they support each other really well.  This was nothing out of the ordinary - workers shared problems and pains regularly.  That closeness is part of what makes the day care great.  But this wasn't a normal situation.  

      Susan reported that she hadn't been able to feel half of her face all morning.  As Jenny listened she could see one half of Susan's face contorting on its own.  Shocked she asked why Susan hadn't told anyone or gone to the hospital.  Susan said she didn't want anyone to know because she didn't have insurance and didn't think she could afford to go to the ER.  But after some urging from the other ladies in the staff who could also see the noticeable difference in Susan's appearance, she agreed to go.

      Jenny drove her to the local hospital but, upon arriving, was unable to convince Susan to go in.  Susan began crying.  She was terrified that if she went for treatment it would severely damage her financially.  Meanwhile, Jenny was crying because she was terrified that Susan was having a stroke and could literally die right there in her car in the hospital parking lot.

      I was stunned by the story.  I can't imagine having such a terrifying medical issue going on and having to chose health or financial security.  The thought of having to sit there, in the moment, in a parking lot and choose to throw something away - either thousands of dollars (perhaps even a house, car, or any number of other possibilities) or your health and maybe even your life.

      It was another obvious example to me that when we get passed the rhetoric, the political ads, the debates, and everything else that surrounds the boogeyman of universal health care, we see what should be obvious.  

      Health care must be a right.  No one, regardless of who they are, what they've done, or poor choices they've made, should have to sit crying in a hospital parking lot, 50 feet from desperately needed medical treatment and terrified to walk through the door.  The only acceptable answer to the health care question is universal care.  Susan, sick, crying in a parking lot is the best argument for this that I can think of.

      Well I'm happy to report that Jenny was (after 5 minutes of prayer and discussion through tears) able to convince Susan to go in to the ER.  She has since been admitted for tests and treatment and we still don't know what is wrong with her.  We also aren't sure just how all of this will get paid for, but there are people exploring options and lots of us willing to contribute to pay toward her bills.

      If you are a praying person, please be praying for Susan and her doctors.

      If you are a voting person, please vote Barack Obama and lets make sure that people aren't faced with this awful choice in the future.

      UPDATE: Went off to visit some students in my ministry and came back to find this on the Rec list.  Thanks so much!  I'm trying to set up a paypal account for donations for "Susan" and I'll let you know when that gets done.  You guys are the best.

      UPDATE 2 Great comment from jfaustus that needs to be seen...

      International human rights lawyer here.  Thought you might want to know:

      Universal Declartation of Human Rights (1948)
      Article 25(1):  Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

      International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1976)
      Article 12:

        1. The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

        2. The steps to be taken by the States Parties to the present Covenant to achieve the full realization of this right shall include those necessary for:

      (a) The provision for the reduction of the stillbirth-rate and of infant mortality and for the healthy development of the child;

      (b) The improvement of all aspects of environmental and industrial hygiene;

      (c) The prevention, treatment and control of epidemic, endemic, occupational and other diseases;

      (d) The creation of conditions which would assure to all medical service and medical attention in the event of sickness.

      Every provision of the Universal Declaration is generally regarded as customary international law -- binding whether the country accepts it or not.  The US has signed but not ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.  So don't look for any joy in the courts here.

      But is IS a right.  Not "should be".  IS.  Don't let anyone tell ya any different.

      Tips for jfaustus go here

      UPDATE 3 Thanks for a great day on the REC list - Check out jfaustus diary on the legal side of the "right" of health care.  It's here

      If this was "slactivism," thanks for it anyway.  I hope you see nothing there to disavow.  If you do, hide-rate this as you will and I'll ask that enough people join you in doing so to keep it hidden.  Godspeed to you.

      Unplug the Koch machine! It's swallowing people's money!

      by Seneca Doane on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 05:01:13 PM PDT

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