An Artful Health Reform Plea

With Congress mostly gone home to face its constituents, a full-blown propaganda war has broken out over health care reform.  There’s no shortage of TV and radio ads, financed by various interests,  and  reports of congressmen being shouted down at Town Hall forums are legion — see coverage here, here, and here.

One particularly ugly showdown between Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) and his constituents — most of whom seem to object to being taxed to pay for others’ health benefits — has been viewed more than 360,000 times on YouTube.  See for yourself, here.

One Washington, D.C. woman has taken her concerns about the fate of health care and rendered it into a 20-foot-high mural on a wall that faces one of the city’s biggest commuter routes, Connecticut Avenue.  The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank wrote about her efforts in his column today.

Muralist Aline H. Rhonie at work, 1935/Smithsonian via Flickr Creative Commons

Muralist Aline H. Rhonie at work, 1935/Smithsonian via Flickr Creative Commons

Regina Holliday’s husband died of kidney cancer on June 17, the day the Senate HELP committee began debate on reform. He was 39 and lacked health insurance until just before his death.  According to Mr. Milbank, the mural depicts her husband on his deathbed, a physician tied up and standing in medical waste, and a child playing with blocks. (I haven’t seen the mural yet.)  Ms. Holliday said her husband’s dying wish was that she make health reform a personal calling.

I wonder: Will the artwork give anyone in this notoriously busy and self-important city cause to pause at all?  Or will it just fade into the background — drowned out by the well-financed and well-organized campaigns unfolding on the airwaves and on the sidewalks outside forums?

— Posted by Alicia Ault (@aliciaault on Twitter)

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