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Choose One America: Obamacare or Reparations
The Hartford Guardian ^ | March 30, 2014 | Dr. Ann-Marie Adams, founder

Posted on 04/21/2014 9:25:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

With only one day left to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, opponents are still removing logic and common sense from arguments that tout the ACA as unsound. Basically, they don’t want to subsidize insurance premiums for Americans on the government exchange.

This debate, seen as another attempt to gut the law, comes weeks after the Congressional Budget Office released a report that says the ACA, or Obamacare, would nix 2.3 million jobs. According to some, this would shake the foundation of the American economy. Most recently, a divided federal appeals judge said it was “an unmitigated disaster.”

Really?

Before we move into hyperbole, we should examine the drawn-out brouhaha (more than 50 attempts to repeal it) over the ACA in an uncomfortable context.

The health care law, otherwise known as Obamacare, allows uninsured people—mostly poor whites, the elderly and people of color—access to health insurance. The main arguments against it are that universal healthcare—found in other developed countries, is too costly for America—the richest nation on the planet. And Americans will become lazy and work less because they have access to healthcare.

Sounds ludicrous? It is.

But I would urge some opponents of universal healthcare to consider the life of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman whose cells were taken without her consent and then used to develop cures for polio, vitro fertilization and other vital scientific breakthroughs in science.

This fascinating topic was recently discussed at the Avon Free Public Library. Two of the Lacks family members participated in the discussion. The series offered an opportunity to explore not just health, ethics and race but the healthcare industry itself.

For more than 60 years, the healthcare industry made billions from Lacks’ cells. And today the Lacks family still wonders why their mother’s immortal cells did so much for science, and they can’t afford health insurance. After all, some in the Lacks family argue, their mother’s He-La cells benefited “the whole world and all they got was her Bible and medical records.”

The story of Henrietta Lacks’ immortal cells is both amazing and unsettling. And the question of how race played into her healthcare is not difficult for some of us to answer. That’s because we know that race is a central theme in America. And it is well established that race affects healthcare delivery and outcomes.

This is not an attempt at what some people would call “race hustling.” It’s about highlighting certain facts in American history. I’m aware that many Americans have not studied U.S. history. But that doesn’t mean the rest of us who did should acquiesce to them.

Consider this: In 1951, a scientist at Johns Hopkins took slices of the woman’s tumor and decided to grow them, so he could “figure out the causes of cancer.” This is long after doctors found a dime-size tumor on her cervix. They kept sending her home until she protested and begged for admittance, so she could be treated. By then, her body was riddled with cancer.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a book based on the Lacks family, details the encounter. And people are rightfully asking whether this family is owed something for thier contribution to humankind. This is a good conversation to have amid the tired healthcare debate over whether to repeal Obamacare.

I think giving access to healthcare for the Lacks family and others in similar situations should be favorable over reparations. At least, this is one way of looking at it. Or perhaps it’s time Americans opposed to Obamacare choose: universal healthcare or reparations?

Some would argue for both.

Interestingly and ironically, the same argument used for not paying reparations has been used in the Lacks family’s case. Many are quick to offer statements and questions like: It’s impossible to calculate how much money is owed. Those who did the crime did their time on earth and died. And who would pay?

In both cases, the consequences of those past actions by individuals and institutions still linger. The Lacks story, among many, illustrates the need for universal healthcare in America.

Americans should consider universal healthcare as a human rights issue, or think of universal healthcare as payback for all the historical wrongs done not just to the Lacks family for “the good of humankind” but to all those other wrongs done in the name of science.

The most famous one in public memory is the Tuskegee Syphilis study, which began in 1932 and ran until 1972. In this study, the United States Public Health Service conducted an experiment in watching black men died from syphilis. The doctors didn’t tell these men they had syphilis. And they didn’t get healthcare. This story, like many, illustrates black oppression and medical neglect.

The Tuskegee case is more prominent, however, because it happened to black men. But there are other lesser-known atrocities, which happened to black women. Besides the Lacks case, we have the notorious J. Marion Sims, the so-called father of gynecology who used enslaved African women as experimental subjects.

These stories are known because the records exist. And unless we want to have more reasons to dig up America’s past medical atrocities, we should perhaps silence the chatter about repealing Obamacare.

If talk about a repeal of Obamacare persists, we should juxtapose that discussion with a public debate about reparations.

I’m so ready for that.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: abortion; annmarieadams; blackkk; blacks; deathpanels; demagogicparty; hartfordguardian; henriettalacks; memebuilding; obama; obamacare; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; reparations; zerocare

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1 posted on 04/21/2014 9:25:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My offer is this, nothing.


2 posted on 04/21/2014 9:28:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The government is already paying reparations. It’s called EBT cards at Walmart.


3 posted on 04/21/2014 9:30:07 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: dfwgator

starving the monkeys. great book.


4 posted on 04/21/2014 9:31:13 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Free health care is a birthright because my ancestors were discriminated against. A ludicrous argument.

I put nothing past the race merchants these days. I’m ready for the debate she wants. Bring it on!


5 posted on 04/21/2014 9:31:57 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why can’t we have both?, said nobody ever.


6 posted on 04/21/2014 9:48:33 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Veggie Todd

Oops, it’s supposed to be “said no sane person ever”.


7 posted on 04/21/2014 9:49:28 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There were only six attempts to repeal it, as I recall.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3134290/posts


8 posted on 04/21/2014 9:50:04 PM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I read the book about Henrietta Laks.

Her family really, really wants to be made wealthy by anyone who has ever sold HeLa cells, which have been staples in labs for decades. Henrietta was not harmed by the taking of her cells.

Most people, if told their cells will be taken and cultured and used to perform research to extend and improve lives, would gladly allow such sampling, with no thought of charging for the cells. This family only sees dollar signs.
9 posted on 04/21/2014 9:54:20 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Veggie Todd

As if reparations will make a difference.

What do you think blacks will do with the money? Spend it....and the money winds up right where it was before, and they will be exactly where they were before.


10 posted on 04/21/2014 9:54:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Tax-chick
Most recently, a divided federal appeals judge said it was “an unmitigated disaster.”

What the heck is a divided judge? Do you draw and quarter you now if you say anything bad about Zero-care? Even if they do, I think I would have called him a "soon to be divided judge", since I assume he said that before they divided him.

11 posted on 04/21/2014 9:55:33 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: VerySadAmerican
Choose One America: Obamacare or Reparations

Well, I must admit, after the fiasco that Zero-care's been so far, I do kinda feel like I deserve some reparations for having to treat idiocy, enacted illegally by idiots, as if it were a real law.

12 posted on 04/21/2014 9:57:37 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Nepeta

Imagine if there were TrayMar cells?


13 posted on 04/21/2014 9:59:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: VerySadAmerican
It’s called EBT cards at Walmart. and it is all part of the trillions of dollars spent by the RATs as part of the "WAR ON POVERTY". How did that work out for ya?

War on Poverty has cost 8 trillion dollar and poverty is greater now than ever
"It is a fact of life in America that the liberals have no intention of seeing people succeed on their own. Their(liberals) number one goal for all Americans is to have them depend on the government for all of their earthly needs from cradle to grave.

14 posted on 04/21/2014 10:05:52 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; goldstategop
This author brings up a great point. Do we really want to put the country's healthcare in charge of the organization responsible for the Tuskegee Experiment?

Do we want to have thousands more Tuskegee Experiments?

15 posted on 04/21/2014 10:40:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obamacare or reparations.

How about "impeachment" and "prison"?

16 posted on 04/21/2014 10:43:18 PM PDT by nonsporting
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Choose one Soviet model for Amerikstan, she means.


17 posted on 04/21/2014 10:49:19 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I believe in reparations. I own several thousand rounds of them....


18 posted on 04/21/2014 11:09:35 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a pile of nonsensical goofball arguments.

“The health care law, otherwise known as Obamacare, allows uninsured people—mostly poor whites, the elderly and people of color—access to health insurance. The main arguments against it are that universal healthcare—found in other developed countries, is too costly for America—the richest nation on the planet. And Americans will become lazy and work less because they have access to healthcare.”

No, as usual, the author doesn’t have the intellectual depth nor honesty to examine the simple and proven versus the arcane and emphemeral. The arguments against it are that 1: the government screws up everything it touches, 2: ALL government programs are inevitably gamed by insiders. This completely ignores that there is no logical nor even sentential connection between “universal healthcare being too expensive” and “Americans will become lazy”. She forget the part about “turnips will dance the hully-gully in their argyle socks”. She would really have to improve her argument to come up to “stupid”, but I like the racial thing thrown in there, she should have said “shiftless”, that’s the race-trigger word.

So allllllll these people now have access to “healthcare coverage”, but so many doctors and hospitals will not accept the insurance provided by 0bamacare. So you win some and you lose some. It isn’t quite the coverage that was touted, was it? That the president shredded his own credibility lying his ass off over the thing, that’s......just gotta be OK.

“Reparations” is that we made one of the greatest enemies of the US ever the president. And virtually every American is laying for it. He’s the one who gets the
vacays in Martha’s Vineyard. Ask him for your reparations, you little skink.


19 posted on 04/21/2014 11:31:36 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a moronic , false dichotomy, illogical stream of nonsense.
The author must have majored in Black Studies , because Logic certainly wasn’t in the curriculum.


20 posted on 04/21/2014 11:33:56 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissingerhaha)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Speaking of hyperbole “doctor”, there haven’t been more than 50 efforts to “gut” Obamacare.

I don’t owe you anything.

Neither does the country.

Shove your reprehensible racism up your ass.

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


21 posted on 04/21/2014 11:35:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: dfwgator

waaay too generous.


22 posted on 04/21/2014 11:40:35 PM PDT by steel_resolve (And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How about reparations for the huge amount of violent crimes committed by her people(I mean it like Holder did)? These days, who is lynching who?


23 posted on 04/22/2014 12:14:26 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: clintonh8r

IMHO, in some circumstances, reparations could be paid in an antimonial manner..


24 posted on 04/22/2014 12:16:24 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am sorry for what happened to Henrietta Lacks and am sorry for the Tuskeegee program.

However, I am not personally responsible for them, nor have I (to my knowledge) personally benefitted from either of them.

I do not accept the broad brush of collective white guilt.

I will not comply. ‘Pod.


25 posted on 04/22/2014 2:30:44 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
These stories are known because the records exist. And unless we want to have more reasons to dig up America’s past medical atrocities, we should perhaps silence the chatter about repealing Obamacare.

This is stunning. How can this not be read as a threat?

26 posted on 04/22/2014 2:31:54 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reparations have already been paid, overpaid in fact. It was known as The Great Society and The War on Poverty.


27 posted on 04/22/2014 2:43:47 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I refuse to participate in the Communist healthcare program.

As to “reparations”, show me a live slave from the time of The Cvil War, and they, and they alone, not their seed’s grandchildren, should get the money.


28 posted on 04/22/2014 3:53:20 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hmmm...did SHE sign up for ‘bro care’? Or does she still enjoy REAL insurance?


29 posted on 04/22/2014 4:27:11 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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