This photo shows former President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act. What you might not notice is the gentleman sitting in the right-hand corner of this photo. That was former Congressman John Dingell Jr., who represented much of Washtenaw County for many years. Dingell--who died yesterday--introduced a health care bill into Congress every year from his start as a legislator until the passage of the ACA, and he served for 59 years. Thank you, Congressman Dingell, for your devotion to healthcare for all.
A Little Bit of History
John Dingell’s father (also John Dingell!) was in Congress before John Dingell. John Dingell Sr. began cosponsoring a national health insurance bill (what we would now call “single-payer” legislation) and fighting for universal health care when the issue was less about cost and more about health care as a right. John Dingell Sr. was also active in the fight for social security.
John Dingell Jr. enjoyed the world of twitter, and here is a bit of history—in Dingell’s own words.
When John Dingell Sr. died, John Dingell Jr. ran for his congressional seat and took up the mantle, introducing a single-payer bill into Congress every year. But John Dingell Jr. was practical, and also worked for extending health care incrementally when the opportunities arose.
John Dingell Jr., July 8, 1926 – February 7, 2019
We thank John Dingell for his relentless support of health care through his entire career and for his dedication to working for the people of the United States.
Read more details about John Dingell’s role in fighting to extend health care to all here.
From the Detroit Free Press: