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MLK “Dream” Included Health Care

January 21, 2008

Norris, TN – A dream of fairness, equality -- and health care. That's what a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. says should be kept in mind, as the nation commemorates MLK Day today. Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), worked with Dr. King on several projects. One of them, she notes, is still being debated in Tennessee and around the country.

"And we should be remembering, as he indicated while he was alive, that of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."

Today, CDF has its offices at Haley Farm, in Norris. The organization backed the Congressionally-approved expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). However, President Bush repeatedly vetoed S-CHIP, citing his concerns about its cost and possible adverse effects on the private insurance market.

Edelman says Tennesseans who are fortunate enough to enjoy an extra day off from work or school should use the time to take action on issues they care about.

"In this wonderful observance of Dr. King's birthday, which the nation is engaged in, it is so important that we follow him rather than simply celebrate him."

The Martin Luther King, Jr. march begins today at 10:00 AM at the Missionary Baptist Church, 2708 Jefferson Street, Nashville.

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - TN