Normally I am not a big fan of joining groups on Facebook, but I was moved today to add the following status to my account after seeing it in a couple of other friends’ feeds:
Stephen Suess thinks that no one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day
And then it kept popping up everywhere I looked. A simple search of a part of the phrase turns up thousands upon thousands of them from all over the place. Seeing it over and over again in the form of a friend’s status makes it virtually impossible to ignore, and that is the point. And I have to admit that it feels good in the face of the sad antics of this summer to simply and calmly state what we believe to be a moral imperative, namely that universal health care should be a right, not a privilege. Although the sentiment and statement are important, I hope many of these people are also writing and speaking out, cajoling and calling congress, marching and taking action wherever they can to make this happen now. We probably won’t have another chance in a generation or more.