by Max Brantley
Here's the health debate in a nutshell: To the Becks, Limbaughs and Republicans in Congress, the death of an uninsured working mother who left an 11-year-old behind is a mere "sob story" suitable for ridicule.
To anyone with a heart or brain it's just one more piece of evidence of the necessity of making a beginning step, however flawed, toward moving the arc of the United States' moral universe toward justice.
Conservative talk show hosts and columnists have ridiculed an 11-year-old Washington state boy's account of his mother's death as a "sob story" exploited by the White House and congressional Democrats like a "kiddie shield" to defend their health care legislation.
Marcelas Owens , whose mother got sick, lost her job, lost her health insurance and died, said Thursday he's taking the attacks from Rush Limbaugh , Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin in stride.
"My mother always taught me they can have their own opinion but that doesn't mean they are right," Owens, who lives in Seattle, said in an interview.
Mike Ross, hang your sorry head in shame for not even being on the fence on the defining issue of our time. This could be -- almost certainly is -- the story of thousands of people in your congressional district. Whose side are you on? Rep. Marion Berry, there's still time for redemption. Rep. John Boozman of the Party of No is, of course, a lost cause in the fight for human rights and simple dignity.