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Subject: qotd: So you want coverage as good as that of members of Congress?
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:56:38 -0700
From: Don McCanne <>
To: Quote-of-the-Day <>

Your Black World
September 20, 2012
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Forced To Sell Luxury Townhouse To Pay Medical Bills

In a statement released by Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s chief of staff,
Rick Bryant, Rep. Jackson and his wife have made the decision to sell
their townhouse in Washington D.C. to defray medical expenses Jackson
has acquired for his depression and bipolar disorders. "Like millions of
Americans, Congressman Jackson and Mrs. Jackson are grappling with
soaring health care costs and are selling their residence to help defray
costs of their obligations," the statement read. "The congressman would
like to personally thank everyone who has offered prayers on behalf of
his family." Jackson aides could not say how much, if any, of the
expenses are covered under his health insurance plan.

Comment: Those who say repeatedly that everyone should have the same
health care coverage as members of Congress should check with Rep. Jesse
Jackson, Jr. He is losing his Washington, D.C. townhouse because of
medical bills.

Other than the statement released by his chief of staff, we don't know
any of the details, and we shouldn't since common decency dictates that
we respect his privacy.

We could speculate on the great many potential factors that might be
involved as to why a member of Congress faces a financial hardship due
to medical bills, but we won't, even though many come to mind. We'll
merely state that we need a health care financing system that removes
financial barriers to care - for everyone. A properly designed single
payer national health program would do that.

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