“We are celebrating ... an African American elected president. What a wonderful affirmation of the goodness of the people of this nation. It is now time to bring about a second event that many have believed they would never see in their lifetime ... health care for all in our country,” p. 18.

Dear Editor:
“We are celebrating ... an African American elected president. What a wonderful affirmation of the goodness of the people of this nation. It is now time to bring about a second event that many have believed they would never see in their lifetime ... health care for all in our country,” p. 18.
“To continue to have nine million children without even basic health insurance is a scandal we cannot allow,” p. 19.
“Currently, there are forty-five million people ... whose only option for care is ... emergency rooms, the most inefficient and expensive way to deliver treatments,” p. 20.
“Health care is ... as vital to individuals as clean water, food, and shelter. Health care is a social responsibility. We no longer expect a person to have a contract with a private fire company to show up when their house is on fire,” p. 22.
“In the recent election a huge turnout of voters exercised their right to vote and demanded change. ... We must continue to advocate for a compassionate system that offers universal access for everyone,” p. 23.
“Some ... see in these programs the ogre of ‘socialized medicine,’ a term politically designed to appeal to the anti-government ... thread that has long run through our nation’s culture (though, notably, no one has ever referred to the government-run Department of Defense as ‘socialized defense’),” p. 29.
The above quotations are taken from the Jan.-Feb. 2009 issue of The Official Journal of the Catholic Health Association of the United States: www.chausa.org.   
Gene Garman
Pittsburg