The Public Option

You have to have been living in a cave to not know that health care reform is THE issue on the front page of every newspaper in America right now. And thanks to Senator Max Baucus releasing his plan from the Finance Committee earlier today… this post is relevant!

Last week, I photographed a health care rally in support of a public health care option and health care reform in general. It was a HUGE turnout with crowds estimated in the low thousands. Surprisingly, there were no counter protests like you see on TV.

Still, that didn’t mean every local politician considering a run for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat at the time wasn’t there trying to one up the other!

9.7.2009 - BOSTON - Anette Zielinski, who is undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer, expresses her support of a public healthcare option with friend Karen Hartke, right, on Boston Common on Sept. 7, 2009. Though she receives insurance through her job as a footwear developer for Puma, she said, "I wouldn't have had the will to live" through her six cycles of chemotherapy, which recently totaled $47k for two days of treatment. "I can't imagine not having it."

9.7.2009 - BOSTON - Anette Zielinski, who is undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer, expresses her support of a public healthcare option with friend Karen Hartke, right, on Boston Common on Sept. 7, 2009. Though she receives insurance through her job as a footwear developer for Puma, she said, 'I wouldn't have had the will to live' through her six cycles of chemotherapy, which recently totaled $47k for two days of treatment. 'I can't imagine not having it.'

9.7.2009 - BOSTON - Thousands of supporters of a public healthcare option stretched the length of Boylston Street from the rally starting point on Boston Common to its finish on Copley Square on Sept. 7, 2009.

9.7.2009 - BOSTON - Thousands of supporters of a public healthcare option stretched the length of Boylston Street from the rally starting point on Boston Common to its finish on Copley Square on Sept. 7, 2009.

9.7.2009 - BOSTON - Massachusetts congressman John Tierney, flanked by congressmen (from left) Stephen Lynch, Michael Capuano and Ed Markey, addresses supporters of a public healthcare option on Boston Common on Sept. 7, 2009. All are likely candidates for the U.S. Senate seat left open by the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, who was a longtime champion of universal healthcare.

9.7.2009 - BOSTON - Massachusetts congressman John Tierney, flanked by congressmen (from left) Stephen Lynch, Michael Capuano and Ed Markey, addresses supporters of a public healthcare option on Boston Common on Sept. 7, 2009. All are likely candidates for the U.S. Senate seat left open by the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, who was a longtime champion of universal healthcare.

9.7.2009 - BOSTON - Yolande Louis, a registered nurse from Waltham, voices her support in favor of a public healthcare option at a rally on Boston Common on Sept. 7, 2009.

9.7.2009 - BOSTON - Yolande Louis, a registered nurse from Waltham, voices her support in favor of a public healthcare option at a rally on Boston Common on Sept. 7, 2009.

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