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Thank God for health care reform

Posted: March 24, 2010 6:35 p.m.
Updated: March 25, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Like millions of other Americans, I have a pre-existing condition and cannot purchase private health insurance.  

I’ve never spent a single day of my adult life out of work, I’ve never received a single dollar in federal entitlements and I’ve never missed a tax payment. Yet, before the vote in Congress on Sunday, I had absolutely no hope of ever being able to purchase private insurance for myself, at any cost.

It’s sad that there are millions of hard-working, tax-paying Americans who have not had access to health care coverage. It’s heartbreaking that an average of 22,000 Americans die each year from treatable ailments simply because they don’t have health insurance.  

And it’s shameful that there’s a significant portion of the population who simply don’t care.

I’ve learned from my faith that it’s important to think of and care for others.

I’ve learned from my upbringing that “it takes a community” to raise a child. And I’ve learned from my experience that empathy is a powerful value.  

So, while I reject all the political rhetoric which has been emblematic of the health care reform debate, I think the final position of each politician and each individual citizen tells me all I need to know about their values.  

At the end of the day, I thank God there were 60 senators, 219 members of Congress and one president who demonstrated that they care about the 32 million Americans who have been left out of the health care system and the 22,000 Americans who die each year from treatable ailments.  

And I thank God that there’s a significant number of those in our communities who care enough about their neighbors to support a more fair and inclusive health care system.

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