Sunday, September 13, 2009

Farewell, Norma Rae: killed by U.S. health system

She went two months without possible life-saving medications because her insurance wouldn't cover it, another example of abusing the working poor, she said.
That's from a report about Crystal Lee Sutton from about a year ago, when she was battling cancer of the meninges. She lost the battle on September 11 at age 68. And so we workers, especially we working women, have lost one of our heroes, the leader of the 1970s struggle to unionize textile workers at JP Stevens, known as "the real Norma Rae" ever since Sally Field played a character based on her in the movie of that name.

As to the insurer's delay in providing her coverage, she said, "It is almost, in a way, like committing murder." It is murder, exactly. Another working-class hero, killed by capitalism.

Crystal Lee Sutton, presente!