Remembering why we wanted health care reform

During the election campaign last year, we heard all sorts of stories that illustrated the problems with health care: people cut off when they needed care the most, denied care for pre-existing conditions or even mis-filed paperwork, and the multitude of people with no insurance at all. Across the nation, we had a strong sense of the depth of that problem, and more unity on the need to remedy the problems than on most other issues.

There always were dozens or hundreds of ideas about the way to fix health care. Some of them are deeply troubling to me – especially the specter of health care providers who might be forced to choose between what their conscience and faith tell them to do, and what a new law might mandate them to do. We need to proceed with due caution and deliberation.

Nonetheless, we need to proceed, not dig in our heels and refuse to do anything for fear of doing something wrong.

Americans in the Mississippi Delta, the area with the highest rate of uninsured citizens, opened their lives, homes, and hearts to Katie Falkenberg’s camera. It reminds us of the importance of remaining at the table, to discuss, debate, and find the combination of forms that can get enough votes to move us forward.

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