If you weren’t mad enough about our government’s response to Katrina or the state of our national health care non-system, see this article from the LA Times (reg. required but recommended — thanks to cousin Erik in LA for the tip):
WASHINGTON ? Like most of those whose lives were upended by HurricaneKatrina, 52-year-old school bus driver Emanuel Wilson can thank thefederal government for the fact that he has money to pay rent. He’salso been given food stamps to make sure he can buy groceries. And ifhe had young children, the government would almost certainly be helpingthem get back to school.
But what Wilson needs is chemotherapy, and that is something thegovernment seems unable to help him with. Wilson was being treated withmonthly chemo injections for his intestinal cancer before thehurricane.
He has been denied assistance largely because,before the storm, he had what the government says it wants everyAmerican to have: health insurance.
(Some good folks in CA wrote letters in response calling our system a "national disgrace".)
That hurricane may be a death sentence for Mr. Wilson. We’ve seen cruelty upon cruelty — some natural, some human — visited on the most vulnerable before, during, and since the storm.
But don’t worry, the Republicans in the House are on it:
Beginning this week, the House GOP lawmakers will take steps to cut asmuch as $50 billion from the fiscal 2006 budget for health care for thepoor, food stamps and farm supports, as well as consideringacross-the-board cuts in other programs. Only last month, then-HouseMajority Leader Tom DeLay, a Republican from Texas, and other GOPleaders quashed demands within their party for budget cuts to pay forthe soaring cost of hurricane relief.
Just in case you forgot about our other national disgrace: the utter moral bankruptcy of our congressional leadership. (Although, interestingly, was Tom DeLay our hero last month? Strange bedfellows indeed.)