Grown men are gloating over their success today at starting to strip millions of people of their health care. This is what happens when conscience means nothing and the marketplace means everything. What a nation of idolators we've become, bowing down at the altar of the free market as though it matters more than the health of our children, the health of our earth, or the health of our own souls. This is not just a political issue, it is a moral issue.
Each of us with health insurance might want to take a moment to acknowledge the pain today of those who are fearing that they and their children might lose theirs. And most of all, let us not look away; let's not be tempted to ignore the travesty of governmental policies so dedicated to the short term economic needs of big business that the long-term needs of our fellow citizens and the earth on which we live are given increasingly, menacingly and dangerously short shrift.
Quite the opposite . . . let this be a day of motivation and inspiration. In the mid-term elections of November 2018, when a great electoral tsunami turns back the tide of institutionalized selfishness now becoming the order of the day, let it be clear to everyone that this was the day that clinched the turning, when millions of people said "Enough is enough."
In retrospect, let us look back on this day and know it was the day when things began to change. When enough of us woke up. When enough of us internally rose to the occasion and knew that for the next two years at least, we would take our place in the tapestry of American history and together reclaim for our nation the truth and integrity of its soul.
– Marianne Williamson
May 4, 2017
May 4, 2017
Related Off-site Links:
The GOP’s Passage of Trumpcare Is One of the Most Callous Things the Party Has Ever Done – Jamelle Bouie (Slate, May 4, 2017).
Betrayal, Carelessness, Hypocrisy: The GOP Health-care Bill Has It All – The Editorial Board (The Washington Post, May 4, 2017).
The GOP’s Plan Is Basically a $600 Billion Tax Cut for Rich Americans – Derek Thompson (The Atlantic, March 7, 2017).
Trumpcare Is a Transfer from the Sick and Poor to the Rich and Healthy – Robert Reich (RobertReich.com via TruthDig, May 7, 2017).
"This Is It": Resistance Mobilizes as GOP Sets to Obliterate Healthcare – Jon Queally (Common Dreams, May 4, 2017).
American Medical Association Condemns House Healthcare Bill Passage – Max Greenwood (The Hill, May 4, 2017).
In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill – Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas (The New York Times, May 4, 2017).
Obamacare Repeal Is Based on Racial Resentment – Michael P. Jeffries (The Boston Globe, May 5, 2017).
Trumpcare and the Successful Campaign to Punish the Poor – Ezra Rosser (Common Dreams, May 5, 2017).
The “Pro-Life” Party Has Become the Party of Death: New Research on Why Republicans Hate Poor and Sick People – Chauncey Devega (Salon, May 4, 2017).
How the Gospel of Prosperity Explains the American Health Care Act – Vann R. Newkirk II (The Atlantic, May 5, 2017).
Americans Now View Health Care as a Right. Republicans Can’t Change That – Mark Joseph Stern and Perry Grossman (Slate, May 5, 2017).
The Republicans' Health-care Disaster Will Invoke a Populist Revolt That Will Destroy Them – Damon Linker (The Week, May 4, 2017).
Message to House GOP After Trumpcare Vote: "See You at the Ballot Box" – Lauren McCauley (Common Dreams, May 4, 2017).
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• Quote of the Day – March 16, 2017
• A Profoundly Troubling and Tragic Indictment
• On International Human Rights Day, Saying "No" to Donald Trump and His Fascist Agenda