However, I was shocked that his obituary did not mention one word about Dellums’s persistent work on behalf of national health care in the United States. The Dellums bill, the Health Service Act, was introduced in 1977 and was reintroduced every two years after that in each Congress that he served. It was the first legislation introduced in Congress to set up a national health service and was a beacon of light for progressive health politics during another dark political period. Although it was often described as utopian, there are many of us who still feel that the system proposed by the Dellums bill is the only rational approach to providing affordable and effective health care to everyone in the United States.
Clare Feinson, Washington