In the annals of literature, the image of pitiful Tiny Tim resonates deeply with readers of Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, as the handicapped infant represents the personification of hope.
His frail body is the embodiment of nature's cruel neglect, yet the grief stricken Scrooge - after three ghosts persuade him to drop his miserly ways - bestows riches upon the Cratchit family that rescue Tiny Tim from an early grave.
Tiny Time Cratchit fate was reversed by the generous largess of Scrooge, thus enabling him to give breath to the fitting denouement of the story: "God bless us every one!"
Black people love this tale, for they feel emboldened by the tale and notice similarities in the wake of the passing of Universal Health Care (UHC). Black people don't like to pay for their own health care and now find Congress voting to mandate that this unfair practice is no longer a nuisance after a visit with a doctor is greeted with open arms by the Black community.
The health care bill that grants provisions for the training of more minority doctors would never, ever have passed were it not for the ace in Mein Obama's hand, Marcelas Owens, or the Tiny Tim that represents hope and inflicted the change on America's indifferent health care system that caused his mother to pass away:
Owens became the crutch that those desiring the takeover of the medical industry by the government leaned upon and was championed as the human face of pity and malevolent neglect of the insurance agency to those uncovered.
Marcelas Owens, an 11-year-old from Seattle, headlined a press conference with Senate Democratic leadership on Thursday, telling a packed room of reporters that he wanted the president and Congress to come together and pass health insurance reform.
"I am here because of my mom," said Owens. "My mom was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2006. She missed so much work she lost her job. And when my mom lost her job, she lost her health care. And losing her health care ended up costing her her life."
He continued, "I don't want any other kids to go through the pain that our family has gone through. My grandma and I want Barack Obama and Congress and everybody to come together and to help get the health care bill passed."
Were it not for Bob Cratchit's suffering son Tiny Tim, Scrooge wouldn't have a familiar face to represent the poor and downtrodden of London and thus, might never had converted from a greedy, selfish accountant to one prepared to right every societal wrong.
Were Owens not paraded around as the poster child and victim of a pitiless, capitalistic system that allows citizens to perish when they lack the medical coverage, the Obamacare would never have passed.
Strategically though, Owens became a real-life Tiny Tim through the marketing genius behind Brand Obama and helped shape the health care debate into the framework of eradicating an evil system that denies coverage to 40 million + people who decide to spend money pursuing happiness elsewhere.
A quick back story on his mother's illness:
We at SBPDL won't even bother to pose the question of where the father was in this melancholy story, for the answer is one we have already addressed.
Joshua Welter, spokesperson for the family, states Marcelas' mom lost her job in October 2006 where she had worked as an Assistant Manager at a fast food restaurant. After she got sick and couldn't work, she lost her job and couldn't afford regular doctors' visits.
In December 2006 she was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension at an Emergency Room visit. It is believed if she could have afforded to continue doctors' visits after she lost her job, she may have been diagnosed earlier. During the half year between her diagnosis and her death, it is believed if she had health insurance, she could have been receiving proactive, ongoing treatment for Pulmonary Hypertension. According to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, while many Pulmonary Hypertension patients go too long without an accurate diagnosis, some receive prompt, effective treatment and are able to manage their disease for 20+ years.
Without health insurance, Marcelas' mom had little chance to survive. She went to the ER when things got really critical – it got to the point where Tifanny was vomiting blood three or four times a day. She died in June of 2007.
Fact, Marcelas's story is the story of millions of people across the country. 45,000 people die every year because they don't have health care. Every minute 8 people are denied coverage, charged higher rates, or discriminated against due to pre-existing conditions
With health insurance, it is believed she would have had a fighting chance to battle a tough disease. Marcelas has been advocating for health care in honor of his mother since she died in 2007.
Washington CAN believes everyone in America deserves a fighting chance when they get sick to beat back the disease and be there for their family. No kid should lose their mom because they didn't have health care.
Owens, an 11-year-old child who suffered the tragedy of losing a mother, made the decision himself to enter the health care debate and as a minor has became the target of attacks from a hateful right-wing media bent on destroying the credibility of an administration using him as impenetrable edifice of hope, deflecting all criticism with but a wry smile:
Marcelas Owens, whose mother got sick, lost her job, lost her health insurance and died, said Thursday he's taking the attacks from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin in stride.
"My mother always taught me they can have their own opinion but that doesn't mean they are right," Owens, who lives in Seattle, said in an interview.
Owens' grandmother, Gina, who watched her daughter die, isn't quite so generous.
"These are adults, and he is an 11-year-old boy who lost his mother," Gina Owens said. "They should be ashamed."
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., told Marcelas Owens' story to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House health care summit last month. Murray also has spoken about it on the Senate floor. Last week, Owens was in the nation's capital to speak at a health care rally and to meet with Senate Democratic leadership.
Limbaugh, Beck and Malkin are skeptical about the story, saying there were other forms of medical help available after Owens' mother, Tifanny, lost her health insurance. They lambasted Democrats for using the story.
All that was needed to pass Health care was a young Black male child complete with sorrowful biography to create sympathy and a human face to create the ultimate misery machine that was unbeatable in its ability to tug at your heart strings.
Marcelas Owens accomplished this task. Although the father is suspiciously never mentioned - you see, DWLs automatically assume Black men are incapable of taking care of their own, hence the Michael Oher story - Owens is paraded around as Tiny Tim for the 21st Century.
Stuff Black People Don't Like includes attacks on Marcelas Owens as the indefatigable remarks about the usage of him to pass health care are unwarranted and disgusting reminders of the uncivilized time when health care wasn't a right.
History will remember Owens as the human symbol of Pre-Obama America, for only Mein Obama could muster the political clout needed to pass such a revolutionary bill. He joins the pantheon of Black crusaders who reinvented America into a paradise free of hate and bigotry.
Scrooge needed his Tiny Tim to seal the deal on his dramatic moral turnaround, just as Obama needed a young Black face with a tale of woe to transform the debate into a true Black vs. white, disadvantage vs. privileged story that only a Grinch could ignore.
In the end, we at SBDPL believe Marcelas Owens will be merely the 21st Century version of Nurse Nayirah:
Nayirah al-Ṣabaḥ (Arabic: نيره الصباح), called "Nurse Nayirah" in the media, was a fifteen-year-old Kuwaiti girl, who alleged that she had witnessed the murder of infant children by Iraqi soldiers in Kuwait, in verbal testimony to the U.S. Congress, in the run up to the 1991 Gulf War. Her testimony, which was regarded as credible at the time, has since come to be regarded as wartime propaganda. The public relations firm Hill & Knowlton, which was in the employ of Citizens for a Free Kuwait, had arranged the testimony.Yes, we dare question the validity of his story, which is why the media continually states that his mother is believed to have died because she lacked medical coverage.
Again though: where in the hell is Owens father? And to paraphrase Rev. Wright, it is fitting to leave you with the revised ending of A Christmas Carol, as Owens has ensured to: "God damn us every one."