I’m a little late on this, but I would be remiss if I did not mention the recent death of Terry Coppage, aka BartCop. Bart died March 5th at the age of 60, from complications of the flu, pneumonia, and leukemia.
Bart was one of the pioneers of the liberal blogosphere, starting out in February 1996 with an email newsletter that was converted to web pages by Marc Perkel. He gave much support to new bloggers, including luminaries like Digby and Atrios. Though I never knew him, I am in his debt as well. The affiliated site, Marty Pflugrath’s BartCop Entertainment, was the first to permanently and prominently link to me.
In his final column, Bart requested financial help for his wife to help pay for his medical bills. You can send a PayPal payment to email@example.com. If you still use checks, you could send a contribution to bartcop.com, PO Box 54466, Tulsa, OK 74155.
How very, very, very sad that there was no ACA during his years of leukemia treatments and hospitalizations, and that we still do not have single-payer.
And how ironic that he had the very same fatal illness that Julie Boonstra has. I’d like to shove your post in her face, Kenneth.
I’d also like to see Rep. Gary Peters use this family’s situation in his Senate campaign ads in Michigan, and ask whether Julie Boonstra has any idea of what “unaffordable” means with respect to medical care for leukemia.
It would certainly be appropriate to shove this in her face.