Have Things Really Changed?

I am reading “The Hawk And The Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan and the history of the Cold War” by Nicholas Thompson.

George Kennen was born in 1904.  One hundred and five years ago.  I quote from the book (p 24)

Kennan’s life began in tragedy.  Two months after her only son’s birth, Florence James Kennan died of a burst appendix.  As the story was told, the doctors could have saved her, had they not refused to operate on a woman without her husband’s consent — and Kossuth Kennan was out of town, fishing.

Compare that to the Stupak amendment in the House version of the Health Insurance Reform bill, and I wonder how far, as a society, we have come?

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