Remember how cool and progressively impressive we found the small town Mayor Adam O'Neal (living compassionate conservative, at least he was) who was going to the mat for rural hospitals and the expansion of Medicaid to all states?
Here's the link if you need to catch up, we've been cheering him along at the Carnival for a while now - he is walking the walk, literally.
Earlier this week, fellow fan of the good mayor, Lawrence O'Donnell, scored the big interview … the end of the mayor's first -- of fifteen days-- on the road to the Capitol. He's hoofing it to Washington D.C. to talk Medicaid expansion into his state.
And hospital closings that are already handing out death sentences in his county.
Yes!! That guy, the one Rachel Maddow has been giving props to as well, the sane voice in the wilderness … after they indeed closed the rural hospital he opposed the tampering with, there was some snap(!) in his disappointment.
Sure enough, that Southern dissatisfaction turned into action, and the conservative Carolinian mayor should arrive within the beltway by the end of July. They covered 17 miles yesterday, which hikers will be impressed with - never mind pundits. Enjoy Lawrence's exclusive.
Then the punch in the gut that comes with a well-reported story. It turned personal. The closure of that rural hospital in Belhaven North Carolina had claimed a life. A 48 year-old woman, mother of three small children, was over an hour in an ambulance following a heart attack and expired in transit.
The GOP Regressive Right pinch-purses have their first trophy, if they care to display her. She won't see you try to deny any complicity, but let us hope her family, friends and the media are loud enough to make it ring clear.
It is not right. It is not just. It has nothing to do with compassion. This is not the country we would still send our sons and daughters to risk death to defend, any longer.
The right bitched and moaned about waiting times in Socialist Canada and, even worse, the United Kingdom during early Obamacare Hysteria, remember that? Oh no, waiting lines and wait times would be inconvenient.
This woman wasn't inconvenienced. She didn't wait a little too long in the Urgent Care waiting room overflow area because there's a bad bug in the circle of small towns it serves. She died, unnecessarily, in the arms of some pitiable First Responders and local volunteer medics, likely friends or 'friends of'. Who feel like hell today.
I had my latest ambulance ride from a friend's place last Friday, and was startled at the difference in times I hadn't really had to think about in years. And because I had just written the other story about a small rural hospital that takes care of my own heart and other organs on a pretty regular basis.
Seeing that footage, with the exhausted but determined mayor having to publicly process the news that the first victim was identified, the first heroine down and will be buried by her family soon, in this heat … it was so close to home for so many of us.
That lady should be going home to her children after a stint got put in and her husband freaked out and told her to take better care of herself and her Mom held her close and thanked a God she usually doesn't believe in that her only daughter was all right because they had gotten her to the doctors in time. This time.
Too many of us understand this tragedy. Moms Against Guns and MADD and the sensible sisterhood of mothers and aunts and grandmas who get this stuff had better align right along with this quirky mayor.
People are dying because of GOP obstructionism and budget ethics. Even Doonesbury can't do this shite justice.