For well over 30 years, I told everyone who will listen, using every platform I could put my feet on, that If Health Is a Human Condition, Healthcare Is a Human Right!
No ifs or buts about it.
I rejoiced when Bill Clinton charged First Lady Hillary Clinton with a full mandate to produce a complete Healthcare Package for America, or at least so I thought, and provided her with all the resources needed to accomplish that mammoth undertaking.
And then, also, I cried tears of blood when Mrs. Clinton failed in that job as miserably as anyone could.
And then when Bernie Sanders found his voice on the question of universally mandatory Healthcare for All, I glimpsed a ray of sunshine on the horizon. But will that lone voice turn into a crescendo of demand from every side, I was not sure.
And it did not.
But then, right in the thick of the COVID-19 Pandemic, President Joe Biden gave an informal State of the Union Address to both Houses of Congress.
It was 8:00 PM Wednesday night, April 28, 2021, and here is what I heard him say, in my own paraphrase: “Healthcare should be a Human Right in America!”
I never thought I would hear those words coming out of the mouth of a sitting American President. But I did.
To what degree these presidential words will be turned into official policy by the American Government, I do not know.
And to what extent Muslims of America will be in the forefront of this battle to secure Universal Healthcare for All Americans, and for all human beings, I have no idea.
But this I do know: Islam is about struggling to provide people — all people — the basic needs and rights of life, such as food, water, shelter, and Healthcare!