Friday, April 9, 2010

Alex Chilton: Too Late For Health Care Reform.

UPDATE 7/16/2010:

I was asked to credit the photo to Philippe Brizard. Sorry I missed it originally.

I posted Alex Chilton's obit here recently, and ran across this today:


At least twice in the week before his fatal heart attack, Chilton experienced shortness of breath and chills while cutting grass. But he did not seek medical attention, (Chilton's wife Laura) Kersting said, in part because he had no health insurance.
On the morning of March 17, she went to work. Chilton called her after suffering another episode; she arrived home before the ambulance, and drove him to the hospital. He lost consciousness a block from the emergency room, after urging Kersting to run the red light.
That week, the health care debate dominated Washington D.C. But Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) took time to memorialize Chilton from the floor of Congress. Chilton, an avid C-SPAN viewer, likely would have appreciated the moment.

That sad excerpt is from an excellent piece written by Keith Spera of the
New Orleans Times-Picayune. Find it in its entirety here.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I d'like you'll credit my photo of Alex Chilton, as the wikipedia commons ask it. Thank you.
Philippe Brizard