Yesterday was a terrific day on Beacon Hill: 1,000+ citizens showed up to witness for the right and ability to see a doctor when you’re sick, and showed that they are ready to lead on this issue. Unfortunately, I was only at the hearings for a little while, since most of the time I was helping get people from place to place in the Capitol for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. But what I saw in the Gardner Auditorium was pretty remarkable — a sea of blue GBIO shirts, ,an entire section of clergy of various faiths, along with the purple of SEIU folks and other folks from ACT (Affordable Care Today), the umbrella coalition of groups. This was a display of power, commitment and leadership from these citizens.
Really, I’m wasting my time writing about it: The Globe’s article today (with a big color picture on the front page of the City/Region section) could hardly have been closer to my sense of things than if I’d written it myself:
For months, the ”market-based" approach favored by Romney andTravaglini has had the upper hand on Beacon Hill. But yesterday’swell-organized show of force — the leaders of the demonstration worefluorescent-orange vests so the ground troops could easily identifythem, and distributed granola bars and bottled water from a temporaryheadquarters near the base of the Grand Staircase — suggests thatmomentum is building for a more far-reaching healthcare proposal. [emphasis mine]
…’The momentum shifted dramatically today," said Rabbi Jonah Pesnerof Temple Israel in Boston. ”This is bringing together people of everyfaith background, every racial background, every ethnic group, andevery economic class . . . in a community of morality."
JohnMcDonough of Health Care for All, an advocacy group that is helpinglead the charge for a more far-reaching measure, saluted thedemonstrators during a noon rally in Nurses Hall.
”There is somuch power in this room," said McDonough, who as a state representativecoauthored the state’s last major healthcare expansion in 1996. ”Thankyou for being witness to the sin, the immorality, to the insanity ofour healthcare system."
Update: It was great to meet and hang out with Lynne of Left in Lowell at the event. Having also recently met sco of ..08 at the convention, I’d love to meet more of the MA blogger contingent. Chris, did we miss each other?