The Deed is Done

For the many who have fought for health care reform so many years, especially for the late Senator Ted Kennedy, and, personally, for my mom, Jean Patterson, who fought all her life for patients’ rights, particularly those of our veterans, and would have been so proud if she could have been here to see this: savor this day.

And for those who oppose the bill, there’s much work to be done for our future. Please step forward for the country where we agree and express yourself openly and with dignity where we do not, but let us work together.

Seeing history made is a moving and humbling experience.


About Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson has written over 50 plays, with works staged in Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Tampa, and other U.S. cities as well as in Canada and New Zealand. His works include: Waiting on Sean Flynn, Next of Kin, Farmhouse, Malaria, Shelter, Altered States of America, The Continuing Adventures of Mr. Grandamnus, Bluer Than Midnight, Bombardment, Dead of Winter, and Delusion of Darkness. In 2006, his bittersweet Lost Wavelengths was a mainstage selection at Portland Center Stage's JAW/West festival, and, in 2008, won the Oregon Book Award (he also was an OBA finalist in 1992 and 2002). In 1997, he won the inaugural Portland Civic Theatre Guild Fellowship for his play Turquoise and Obsidian. View all posts by Steve Patterson

One response to “The Deed is Done

  • Edward LaGrossa

    Steve, hate to blow your celebrating but this is the worst peice of legislation in the history of this country. This is nothing but a huge transfer of wealth from taxpayers to insurance companies. The IRS is hiring 16,500 thugs to make sure everyone buys into this and will check your bank account to make sure. Everyone must buy health insurance just to stay our of jail. I've never had it and I don't get sick or go to hosiptals so I don't need it or want it. Never have we ever been forced to buy something in this country. It is unconstitutional. Further, you will have to carry this Health Insurance Card with you where ever you go and they are already seting up checkpoints in Houston. If you don't have "your papers" off to a FEMA Camp with you. This makes this a national id. From there, it will lead to the rfid chip which will also be mandatory for you to put in your left hand. Can you say 666? The worst day ever!Edward

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