My sons and I joined with hundreds of other healthcare4every1 activists to send a message to Gov. Malloy and the legislature: Health Care = Job Growth. We demonstrated along with other members of UUS:E (pictured here: Rhona Cohen, Nancy Parker, Al Benford) during the special “jobs” session at the capitol on Wednesday, October 26th.
Rhona works for Connecticut Center for a New Economy (CCNE), one of the organizers of the event. We saw the special session as an opportunity to remind our leaders about the necessity of a just health care system. Good jobs ought to provide excellent health care. Healthy workers are productive workers. An excellent health care system attracts employers.
The large turnout at this event tells us that the people who worked so hard for so many years to see Connecticut create a public health care option still want to see a comprehensive, effective, accessible and affordable health care system become reality in this state. We aren’t going away. And for so many of us, this isn’t just a matter of politics and economics. This is a matter of deeply-held, spiritually grounded, faith-based conviction. As people of faith we are called by the Holy power in our lives to love our neighbors. We are called by the Holy power in our lives to work for the health and well-being of our fellow human beings. We are called by the Holy power in our lives to be compassionate and caring. We are called, therefore, to work for a just health care system in our state and in our nation.
We understand there are large political and economic barriers facing those of us who want to see a more just health care system. We understand, but we are undaunted.