We are all in the same boat, you and me and ex-Gov. Palin and Rep. Joe Wilson, and wealth and social status do not prevail against disease and injury. And now we must reform our health insurance system so that it reflects our common humanity. It is not decent that people avoid seeking help for want of insurance. It is not decent that people go broke trying to get well. You know it and I know it. Time to fix it.

Garrison Keillor, "Nice 67 y.o. male has brush with mortality", Salon.com, Sept. 16, 2009 (reflecting on his mild stroke).