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On the same day Keith Olbermann of MSNBC's Countdown delivered a secular homily on how the American health care system is broken and why the government needs to step in to fix it, basing part of his special comment in part on his father's saga in the system and how tenuous having access to health care is, news surfacedthat more than 158,000 Ohio adults have lost their health coverage because of job loss so far this year, according to a new report released Wednesday by Families USA.

Originally posted to John Michael Spinelli on Wed Oct 07, 2009 at 09:45 PM PDT.

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  •  I thought Keith was speaking from the heart and (4+ / 0-)

    made very good sense.  He had the facts, he experienced the system up close and personal and his father is alive and sounding like he is on his way to recovery.  What was especially poignant was the meeting up with a long lost friend whose daughter was in intensive care in the same hospital as his father. He recognized Keith, said hello.  They had grown up together.  His friend told Keith he had to sell his farm to take care of his daughter. He asked Keith, if he wanted to buy his collection of baseball cards. That is pretty much like what it is in america today. I asked the other day: what is the right word for allowing 45,000 of our fellow citizen, our brothers to die each year because they could not afford health care. Rep. Grayson called it Holocaust, some of you responded. But the word is not yet found. Holocaust with a h was suggested. I would say, that health care insurance reform is needed now. I will also, add that I had to wait three years to get my legs fixed and hopefully out of constant paid, because I could not afford the deductible-copay for the needed surgery. Now, I have Medicare and I can get the health care I need.

  •  "Secular homily." I love it--perfectly apt (2+ / 0-)
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    and with all the moral/ethical resonance of the circumstances.

  •  I may not be a Christian myself.... (3+ / 0-)

    ...and speaking of Homilies, but I sure grew up around enough Christianity of various denominations to recall a little something in the NT along the lines of "As ye do to the least of my brethren, ye do unto me." No? A little something about clothing, feeding, caring for the poor and needy and sick. How any of the Bible-thumping rightwingers can claim the mantle of Christianity and yet once again in the case of HCR, as in so many other cases of social justice, ignore this basic tenet of their faith, I simply fail to understand. It's more than being hypocritical about the economic system you claim to believe in, or neglecting to follow laws you claim should apply to others; it's about a fundamental principle of something claimed to be divinely sanctioned.

    But maybe that's a passage they plan to cut from the "liberal" Bible. So inconvenient, isn't it.

  •  Jesus would approve of your remarks (1+ / 0-)
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    like the scripture says that judgement on the unsaved will be less severe than on beleivers who do not follow the way.  They knew and chose for their own selfish reasons not to follow HIS advice,  And Keith really nailed it tonight!

  •  As one of those 158,000 (0+ / 0-)

    I would like to thank you for calling that statistic to everyone's attention.

    Oh, and as a person who has had breast cancer, I have a "pre-existing condition." As things currently stand, if I don't find another job that offers me health care coverage, I'm screwed. Maybe not as badly as someone whose chances of recurrence are much, much higher than mine, but screwed anyway. After all, I'm sure that to insurance companies, breast cancer is breast cancer.

    Thank you.

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