Not Barbara Bush, wife of the first President Bush, but Barbara Bush, daughter of the second President Bush. The Bush’s twin daughters have, for the most part, worked hard at staying out of the spotlight but one of them, Barbara, recently went on Fox News for an interview and the subject of healthcare came up. Barbara expressed her view that she was happy that President Obama had managed to pass healthcare reform. That may have created some consternation at Fox News!
It shouldn’t have. Shortly after graduating from Yale Barbara helped found Global Health Corps, whose mission is to bring “health equity” to the U.S. and across the globe. The struggle for national healthcare has been going on for more than sixty years. It is now the official policy of the United States of America. With this decision, we now join every other developed country in the world. This bill is not perfect and will take some work because the transition is extraordinarily complex, but in twenty years, people will be wondering what all the fuss was about. The fact that President Bush’s daughter has that view and has herself worked hard to bring justice and equity in the healthcare situation is a credit to the fact that gradually our nation is catching up with the rest of the world.