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And Justice for All: Thank you, President Obama, for Health Care Law

Cover of Christian Science Monitor

Cover of Christian Science Monitor

Dear Mr. President,

Thank you for taking on all the special interests and pushing through a health care reform law, that while far short of what you promised and what I wanted and why I voted for you with special joy, serves as a strong foundation to build upon.

The Republicans and others who believe that it’s OK for people to get sick and die because they do not have access to the kind of jobs, opportunities or connections put them in the privileged class of wealthy people who can buy hospitals and even islands. Those people who fight against health care for everyone believe that people without “disposable income” should just die need intensive therapy. They appear to thrive on hate. They hate people who can’t buy health insurance. That’s crazy.

To all the rich people, the millionaires, billionaires, gazillionaires who have 7 seven (Hello, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts); 40 cars (Really, Elton?) and spend their wealth on accumulating things, so many things, that they end up having many of the same things: Today millions of people will now have access to see a doctor, to buy the medicine to treat their high blood pressure; to get a mammogram, to have a better chance at living a life of quality.

Don’t let politics cloud your thinking. The Affordable Health Care Act that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld is one those uber-American things that happen in this country from time to time: The powerful align with the vulnerable and bring us closer to that more perfect union.

Thank you, majority Supreme Court justices – Chief Justuice John Robert (who knew?!) Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Justice Elena Kagan– for saving the lives of millions of people. Thank you thank you thank you. Muchas veces, muchas gracias!

Natalia Muñoz

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