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Universal Health Care: The Greatest Moral Issue of Our Time

The Republican Party tries to pretend it has a monopoly on morality, but it's so drenched in sin right now that it ought to be able to feel the hellfire licking its feet.

The rotten Tea Party has in its hysterical way likened Obama's attempts to provide everyone with health insurance to treason.

As usual, those yahoos -- while trying to play the role of true patriots -- were only doing the dirty work, wittingly or not, for health insurance companies and all other interests that rake in enormous profits when people get sick.

Just look at how our morally bankrupt Republican governor made his fraudulent fortune. No wonder Rick Scott and the Tea Party are always off making out in the corner of the room. 

I've seen the damage caused by the lack of health insurance. I've seen people suffer and die because they don't have health insurance.

It's a god damned crime.

I'm sure this will be viewed as an example of me showing my partisanship. It's not. It's a simple matter of right and wrong. 

The Christian Right tries to be so holy when it brings its twisted version of God into government (falsely citing the founding fathers who expressly opposed such a thing) and when it refuses gay people the right to get married (where's the freedom in that, hypocrites?). But when it comes to real life and death issues, it screams, "Let them die!" It is supreme selfishness, the mighty dollar over flesh and blood, the GOP's way.

Inside, see what triggered this little rant.

From a story about Mark Erdman in TCPalm.com. Erdman hit on hard times during the construction bust but was intent on turning it around. Then he got a toothache. From the story: 

Without health insurance, [Erdman] delayed going to the dentist for as long as he could. Over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen helped him endure the pain.

Erdman had done well during the boom years as a self-employed gutter and insulation contractor, but his business did not survive the construction bust. Private health insurance was unaffordable for his family of four, even after he landed a new sales job.

"We were making six figures and had money in the bank, insurance and everything -- and we just lost it all. Lost it all," said his wife, Renee Erdman.

That was bearable because she still had him, her husband of 19 years.

He was the life of the party, the father of her two children; the Pop Warner football coach and the guy who would change a stranger's tire on the side of the road.

Now, she has lost Mark too.

The Tylenol and ibuprofen he had been taking for his toothache contributed to fatal damage to his liver and kidneys, Renee said doctors told her. At one point, he took eight over-the counter pills in a single day. He knew it was more than the recommended dose, but he never expected it to take his life...

"It's so sick. It's like he was unknowingly killing himself," Renee said Monday. "And should you find yourself without insurance, forget it."

Mark was initially admitted at Martin Memorial Medical Center, which does not perform organ transplants. A hospital representative in Orlando told Renee a liver transplant would cost $195,000, with 50 percent of that to be paid up-front, as she recalls it.

"I just sat there and said, 'I don't have that kind of money laying around,'" she remembered.

Make no mistake: With 50 million people without health insurance, people die every day because America is the only developed country in the world that doesn't provide universal health care.

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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