The Best Place for U.S. Senators to Receive Healthcare? The Floor of a Convention Center or an Animal Stall?
The November 21st Little Rock Free Health Clinic set up operations on the floor of the Little Rock Convention Center.
I recorded the heroic volunteers the night of November 20th, as they prepared the 80,000 square foot exhibition center to receive Americans in desperate need of healthcare the following day.
As I wandered around and observed all the work, more than anything, I reflected on what it means to live in a country which treats healthcare as a privilege not a right. Here I was standing in the middle of a MASH tent in a major American city–this would undoubtedly be the last hope for many of the people we’d meet the next day.
When Remote Area Medical set up in Wise County Virginia, they treated American citizens in animal stalls. In Little Rock, Americans were treated with great care, compassion and dignity on the floor of a convention center.
This is from the interview CIGNA whistle blower Wendell Potter described gave to Bill Moyers.
Potter began his trip from health care spokesperson to reform advocate while back home in Tennessee. Potter attended a “health care expedition,” a makeshift health clinic set up at a fairgrounds, and he tells Bill Moyers, “It was absolutely stunning. When I walked through the fairground gates, I saw hundreds of people lined up, in the rain. It was raining that day. Lined up, waiting to get care, in animal stalls. Animal stalls.”
As Keith Olbermann said the other night, and this is a paraphrase, if members of the United States Senate didn’t have healthcare, they would have dealt with this national cataclysm many decades ago.
But at the end of the day, dear friends, we have only ourselves to blame because we continue to vote for people who allow this vast and cruel American calamity to continue unabated decade after decade.