by Paul Perkins
Health care is a human right. No one should have to suffer or die because they can’t afford to pay for a drug that can make them well. No one should have to walk around sick or watch a child die because there isn’t money to pay a doctor. No working-class person should lose the savings from a lifetime of labor because he or she falls ill. Talk about immoral!
This principle came home to me recently through the technological magic of social media, which enabled me to reconnect with an old friend with whom I had not spoken in nearly 25 years. We’re both from a Southern state one associates with images of Jim Crow segregation and bigoted stereotypes demonizing the poor and less fortunate. I moved from there to the West coast, and my friend (whom I’ll call Maggie) remained in the South.
I was delighted to find Maggie again. We began a conversation on-line, catching up on all that happened in our lives since that long-ago evening when we parted. Then one day I shared an article with Maggie, a piece that addressed homelessness and the difficulties faced by people who find themselves out of work with no resources. I thought it would be meaningful to her because I knew that there had been a period in the ‘90s when she found herself in that situation.Read More