Disabled lay their bodies down

The disabled laid their bodies down today.

They laid them down in front of Mitch McConnell’s office in protest of the healthcare bill he drafted. The one that decimates Medicaid as we know it and ends protections for sick people. The bill that is an assault on the poor, the sick, the disabled.

They organized. And they came as they were–bloodied, but unbowed.

They came– with their wheelchairs, their bi-paps, their canes, their braces, their oxygen– to plead for their access to healthcare. Not only for theirs, but for all the sick, the poor, the disabled who couldn’t be there with them today. Those who are bed bound around this country. Those in institutions. The non-verbal. The mentally ill. The infants. The elderly.

They laid themselves down for us. To be a living, breathing image of what this legislation will do to the most vulnerable among us–strip them of their dignity and their right to life.

There was another who laid His body down for us. And I believe if He lived among us now, He would have been there, in front of McConnell’s office–around the modern day Pool of Bethesda. There, today, a multitude of sick, paralyzed, and lame lay waiting for the water to move, or for one to come along and ask, “Do you want to be made well?”.... Click here to read more