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Health Series: The Lost Decades

Cross-posted at Tikkun Daily and DKos

I'll bet you think I'm going to write about the decades between when we first tried to pass health care reform and now.

Reflecting on the title, you're probably thinking back through history to Johnson, or Truman, or FDR, or Teddy Roosevelt. There are a lot of wasted years between then and now, I'll grant that. There have been many words said about health care, many promises made (to Carter, to Nixon...), many broken as easily as the brittle bones of an osteoporosis patient, and with just as much pain to the American people, who have lost more and more each decade to the monster that has occupied our health care system.

You may be thinking, too, of something like Japan's "Lost Decade" and thinking there's some sort of corollary there between title and subject.