Saving Jobs that Save Lives

Saving Jobs that Save Lives Linda Rosenberg, MSW But there is another tradition that we share today. It calls upon us never to be indifferent toward despair. It commands us never to turn away from helplessness. It directs us never to ignore or to spurn those who suffer untended in a land that is bursting with abundance. — President Lyndon B. Johnson, July 30, 1965 More than half a century ago, when he signed legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid, President Johnson paid tribute to Harry Truman, who believed that every citizen should have the opportunity for good health and that all should be protected against the economic effects of illness. More than half a century later, we are continuing the conversation about what kind of society we want to be and how we want to support the most vulnerable among us. If there is a silver lining in the cloud of partisan rancor about health care in this country, it is this: we are talking. We are talking, in particular, about Medicaid and the role it plays in keeping people well. People like Jessica. Jessica told me she began drinking at age nine and smoking marijuana in middle school. When others were celebrating their The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research Springer Journals

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