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In these dispatches I will be mostly sharing the healthcare stories of real people. Details of the Walk (places visited, meandering thoughts, meditations, etc.) are covered in the Twitter feed (@walk4healthcare). For all stories published here, written consent has been granted for public posting and a full paper trail of such documented. I am deeply grateful for all those who have spoken with me and it is my privilege and obligation to present them to the wider world. These stories speak to the heart, to the mind, and represent, in the fullest sense of the word, the bedrock of “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” which I hope shall not perish from the earth.
Martha: Joined us on the walk. She finds it shameful that a country can’t provide basic healthcare for its citizens like any other developed country does. “Civilized nations care for those in need,” she added. She especially noted that the connection of healthcare insurance to employment status was a big problem as it is, of course, not uncommon that those who are sick become subsequently unemployed.
Ron: This is a gentleman I met along
Rev. Joseph Felker: Rev. Felker is the Chairman of the Chicago Baptist Institute who I met as I stopped by one of their outdoor events. It was a ‘Healthy Walk” event actually. He told me, “we should have had healthcare for the uninsured years ago. It is a travesty but hopefully the change we are seeing is a start.” The Rev. Dr. Clifford Tyler (President of the Chicago Baptist Institute) concurred, saying that, “Healthcare reform is long overdue. With the wealth of this country, it’s a shame that people don’t have healthcare.” They were very nice and gave me a couple bottles of water and lots of best wishes for the journey onward to
Well: those are the people I had a chance to interview along the way. I did meet a few more people but I had to make time so I could reach